THIAGO SILVA has received praise from Milan’s greatest captains.

The Brazilian has had a wonderful season, proving himself as the best defender in Italy, perhaps in the world and even legends among legends, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini, praise Silva.

Thiago has been compared with Milan’s legendary No. 6 many times and Baresi believes that Silva is indeed great, but admitting that it is hard to make comparisons between them.

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“It’s always difficult to make comparisons. In any case, I think that Thiago Silva is a great player, a great defender who’s proving his worth. He has exceptional qualities, so I believe Milan have found a player for the long run, a defender who has a bright future ahead of him,” Baresi told the press on Tuesday.

“Making comparisons is part of the game, but I think he must be himself, demonstrating his value as a player. Playing with the kind of continuity he had this season proves he really belongs to the elite.”

Paolo Maldini thinks Baresi is No. 1, but admits that Silva reminds of him.

“Certainly, Thiago shows that security that characterized Franco when he used to play,” Maldini said. “For one reason or another, when Baresi came off during the break or during the game, we all felt his loss and I think the same thing is happening now with Thiago, because he gives so much security at the back.”

“Physically, Thiago is superior to Franco, but despite that, Franco was a monster from every other point of view. From a technical and tactical standpoint, Franco was number 1, no doubt about it.”

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