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Paolo Maldini is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a left-back and central defender for A.C. Milan and the Italy national team. His career span for 25 seasons which he spent in the Serie A with Milan, before retiring at the age of 41 on 2009. He won 25 trophies with Milan: the UEFA Champions League five times, seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana titles, four European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
He retired from the Italy national team in 2002, having enjoyed a 14-year career since making a debut for the national team in 1988. He retired with 7 goals and 126 caps, an appearance record at the time, which has since only been topped by Fabio Cannavaro in 2009 and Gianluigi Buffon in 2013. Maldini captained Italy for eight years and held the record for appearances made as Italy’s captain, wearing the armband 74 times, until he was once again overtaken by Cannavaro, in 2010, and subsequently Buffon.
Maldini is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time and won the Best Defender trophy at the UEFA Club Football Awards at the age of 39, as well as the Serie A Defender of the Year Award in 2004. As a captain for Milan and Italy for many years he was considered a leader by fellow footballers, leading to the nickname “Il Capitano” (“The Captain”).
Maldini holds the records for most appearances in Serie A, with 647, and also held the record for most appearances in UEFA Club competitions, with 174, until he was overtaken by Iker Casillas with 175. He is also the record appearance holder for Milan with 902 appearances in all competitions. Following his retirement after the 2008–09 season, his lifelong club Milan retired his number 3 shirt in his honour, and in December 2012, he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
He now co-owns the North American Soccer League (NASL) club Miami FC, as of 2015.
Paolo Maldini Family
The former footballer was born Paolo Cesare Maldini in Milan, Italy to Cesare Maldini and Maria Luisa De Mezzi. His father Cesare, formerly played as a defender for Milan, the Italian national team and captained Milan and finally became a coach later on. He was a successful national under-21 manager, who also coached both Milan, and the senior national side during France 1998. On 3 April 2016, Paolo’s father Cesare died at the age of 84; his mother died later that year, on 28 July.
Paolo Maldini Wife
Maldini is married to Venezuelan former model Adriana Fossa since December 1994. Together the couple have two sons: Christian (born 14 June 1996) and Daniel (born 12 October 2001), who have both been signed by Maldini’s former club Milan and played in the youth teams.
Paolo Maldini Son
Maldini has two sons who are also footballers: Daniel Maldini (a forward) and his eldest, Christian Maldini. Christian is a defender who plays for Fondi (S.S. Racing Club Fondi). He began his career at A.C. Milan Primavera but never broke through to the first team. He has played for several clubs since 2014, among them being Brescia (loan), Reggiana, Hamrun Spartans (loan) and Pro Sesto in the Serie D.
Paolo Maldini Milan
Maldini joined Milan in the youth squad in 1985. He won the Coppa Italia Primavera during the 1984–85 season, and he would make his league debut for Milan under manager Nils Liedholm during the same season on 20 January 1985. He was immediately made a member of the starting eleven the following season, at age 17, at right-back, being handed the number 3 shirt, which had previously also belonged to his father, Cesare.
He was later switched to his more iconic position of left-back due to his ability with his left foot. Maldini also made his Coppa Italia debut in 1985, on 21 August, while his debut in European Competitions also came later that same year, on 18 September. He scored the first of his 29 goals in Serie A on 4 January 1987 in a 1–0 win against Como.
He went ahead to play for the club all his career for 25 seasons being part of the team members that won several of its titles. On 16 February 2008, in the match against Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Maldini came on for defender Marek Jankulovski to make his 1,000th professional career appearance, of which 861 were with Milan, 12 with the Italy under-21 side, 1 with the Italian Olympic team and 126 with the Italy senior team.
Maldini played his last game in the Champions League on 4 March 2008, a 2–0 loss at the San Siro in the last 16 against Arsenal which eliminated Milan from the 2007–08 Champions League. He was awaded the FIFA Order of Merit, which is awarded to a player who was demonstrated both skill and fair play throughout his career.
On 18 April 2009, he announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2008–09 season and played his 900th official match for Milan in a league game against Udinese in the Stadio Friuli, on 17th May 2009. His last match in San Siro was on 24th May, a 3–2 loss against Roma, and was given a standing ovation by the fans. His last game for Milan and as an active player, was a 2–0 win against Fiorentina on 31 May 2009 in the last match of the Series A season. He was once again given a standing ovation by the fans.
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My UEFA Champions League journey: Paolo Maldini
Published: Monday 14 December 2015
“A number of my team-mates and I couldn’t sleep for several months,” Paolo Maldini told UEFA.com, happy that AC Milan eventually buried their memories of 2005.
“I think it has a lot to do with the genes,” five-time winner Paolo Maldini told UEFA.com as he talked through how his UEFA Champions League adventure started at a very early age, having grown up with a ball at his feet.
He discusses some of his fondest memories of Europe’s top club competition, including AC Milan’s victories under coach Arrigo Sacchi and their all-Italian decider against Juventus in 2003. And then there is the 2005 final against Liverpool, after which he admits “a number of my team-mates and I couldn’t sleep for several months”. However, those bad memories were put to bed in 2007.
AC Milan celebrate Paolo Maldini on Champions League legend’s 50th birthday
Published: 26 Jun, 2018
AC Milan paid tribute to Paolo Maldini on Tuesday as the club legend celebrated his 50th birthday.
Maldini’s 24 years with the Milan first team mean he has spent almost half of his five decades on earth representing the Rossoneri, and many of his former teammates paid tribute to the ex-Italy captain’s glorious career.
Milan tweeted a moving collage of portrait images from every season he was at the club, which basically just shows his change of hairstyles — all perfectly in place — while his face barely ages.
The versatile defender made his debut at the age 16 back in 1985, when he had to borrow Ray Wilkins’ boots — which were two sizes too small — as his were not adequate to combat the snowy conditions in Udine.
Milan are the second-most successful team on the continent in terms of European Cups/Champions League titles won with seven, and Maldini was present for five of them. His father, Cesare, was captain for one of the other two.
Maldini, who won his first triumph 1989, has lifted the trophy as many times as each of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
He was also part of the Italy side which lost the 1994 World Cup final on penalties, meaning international glory has always eluded him, but he more than made up for it by winning 25 club honours.
The evergreen Paolo showed he is ageing gracefully a year ago when, right after turning 49, he made his debut in an ATP ranking tennis event in a doubles match.