"He's the best midfielder in the world," said Galliani. "I do not have sufficient words to describe him."

On Milan's Super Cup success, Galliani also said: "When President (Silvio) Berlusconi first arrived in July 1987, we made one pledge: the mission of Milan is to win international trophies and every player who arrives knows this.

"In these ten years, we have won 25 trophies: 12 in Europe and 13 in Italy; and 16 second places."