Paolo Maldini

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Paolo Cesare Maldini (born 26 June 1968 in Milan, Italy) is a retired Italian football defender. He spent all 25 seasons of his career at Serie A club Milan, before retiring at the age of 40. During that period, Maldini won the UEFA Champions League five times, as well as seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups. He played for 14 years for the Italian national team, making his debut in 1988 before retiring in 2002 with 126 caps and four World Cup participations.

Maldini played at a world class level for over 20 years and won the Best Defender trophy at the UEFA Club Football Awards at the age of 39. He was also the Milan and Italian National team Captain for many years and considered a leader amongst leaders by fellow footballers leading to the nickname "Il Capitano".

Maldini's father Cesare formerly played for and captained Milan and is a successful national U-21 coach.


Club career

Maldini made his league debut in the 1984–85 season on 20 January 1985, replacing the injured Sergio Battistini in a match against Udinese at the age of 16.[2][3] It was his only league appearance of the campaign, but he was in the starting eleven the following season. The 1987–88 Scudetto marked Maldini's first trophy, and the first of seven league titles, with the club.[4] He was also part of Milan's undefeated Serie A champions in the 1991–92 season. The back four that included him and fellow long-timers Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti is widely considered one of the best in football.

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