Although Chievo are bottom of Serie A, anyone who watched their game at San Siro on Sunday could not help but have been impressed with Inter’s attacking display. Inter defender Douglas Maicon was involved in three of Inter’s four goals, bombing up and down the right hand side of the field all afternoon, whipping in cross after cross.
Now, the Flying Donkeys may not be the highest quality of opposition, but Maicon has been performing like this all season long, and his consistency is perhaps his main asset. The Brazilian has played in every match for Inter this term in Serie A and the Champions League.
When discussing Inter, another great defender, Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini, highlighted Maicon: “Inter are a great side, but without phenomenons like Ibra and Maicon they would really, really struggle.”
This is not the only praise the former Monaco man has received. Inter president Massimo Moratti has gone as far as to say that he could one day win the Golden Ball. Meanwhile, Lazio right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has labelled Maicon the best in his position.
The 27-year-old has set standards so high that the crowd always expects a great game from him. After Inter’s 2-1 victory over Napoli a few weeks ago, a game in which Maicon was simply ordinary (still getting an assist), he was booed by the crowd and coach Jose Mourinho had to defend his defender.
"Maicon played with an injury, despite neither myself nor the medical staff believing he'd be able to,” said the Special One. “He’s a man of heart.”
In Serie A, I can only see one man who has performed close to Maicon’s levels this season and that is Christian Maggio of Napoli, although he typically plays in a wide-right position of a five man midfield for the Partenopei.
However, competition for the world’s best right-back comes from other leagues around Europe as well. Chelsea have the intelligent Jose Bosingwa. Meanwhile, La Liga can boast Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, two players who are surely masters of the position.
Bayern Munich have utilized Philip Lahm as a right back, where he’s been successful, but the player is a natural left-back and is only deployed on the right in the case of a lack of options for the Bavarians.
Overall, if Maicon continues with the consistency he is showing he will be the over-whelming choice as the best in his position but, either way, he is still in good company being compared to the players listed above.
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