Former AC Milan centre-back Alessandro Nesta believes the Italian Serie A lacks quality, compared to the leagues in Spain, Germany and England.
Nesta, who now plays for Major League Soccer (MLS) side Montreal Impact, has attributed the Serie shortfall to lack of money.
“There’s no money in Italy at the moment and the best players go to play in other leagues- Spain, England, Germany. Italy’s going down,” Nesta told BBC’s World Football programme.
The former Italy international won the Scudetto thrice while playing for Lazio and AC Milan and lifted the World Cup in 2006.
He was however surprised by Juventus’s signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.
“It’s a very good signing. A player like Tevez, I didn’t think would play in Serie A now. Juventus did a good job,” he said.
The 37-year-old wants to go into coaching when he retires at the end of the MLS season and has backed his former manager at Milan Carlo Ancelotti to succeed at Real Madrid.
“He is the best coach for Madrid. Madrid is a difficult place to coach. There’s a lot of pressure and Ancelotti is very good when he’s under pressure.
“(At Milan, Silvio) Berlusconi and (Adriano) Galliani, all the time, wanted the best of the team. The pressure was very, very hard but Carlo Ancelotti, everyday, had a smile. He was perfect.”