Inter Milan's Maicon plays down "world best" tag

Inter Milan star Maicon has played down claims from coach Roberto Mancini that he is "the world's best fullback".

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"It is wonderful for me to hear these words from someone who has done so well in Serie A and knows it inside out," said Maicon. "I still have a lot to learn. I have put it into my head that I am strong and will try to prove that on the field to help the team achieve the best possible results."

It was another Brazilian who convinced Maicon to come to Inter, although the one giving the advice may now have changed his mind.

"I thank Adriano, as he is a great friend. He explained to me what the club and the team were like. He also told me to do really well in training, as that is what makes you a first team player," Maicon told Sky Italia.

"I am not the only one who misses him, as all the squad, the club and fans miss Adri too. He is a great player."

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