Footballing Icons: Paolo MALDINI

Paolo Maldini is a one club man that spent his entire playing career in the Serie A with AC Milan. During that time he won 25 trophies with the Rossoneri: the European Cup 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. Following his retirement at the age of 41, Milan retired his number 3 shirt.

Maldini made his international debut for the Azzurri in 1988, playing for 14 years before retiring in 2002 with 7 goals and 126 caps. The talented defender captained Italy for eight years and held the record for appearances as Italy’s captain (75), until he was overtaken by Cannavaro and Buffon. With Italy, Maldini took part in four FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. Although he did not win a tournament with Italy, he reached the final of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000, and the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988. He was elected into the all-star teams for each of these tournaments, in addition to Euro 1996.

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