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Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini
Complete Name: Paolo Maldini
Nationality: Italian
Place of Birth: Milan, Italy
Date of Birth: June 26, 1968
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 84 kg
National Team: Italy
Current Club: AC Milan (Italy)
Position: Defender


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Club career history

AC Milan (Italy)


1989 Intercontinental Cup winner (Milan AC)
1990 Intercontinental Cup winner (Milan AC)
1989 European SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
1990 European SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
1994 European SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
2003 European SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
1989 Champions League winner (Milan AC)
1990 Champions League winner (Milan AC)
1994 Champions League winner (Milan AC)
2003 Champions League winner (Milan AC)
1992 Italian SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
1993 Italian SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
1994 Italian SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
1988 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
1992 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
1993 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
1994 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
1996 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
1999 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
2004 Serie A Champions (Milan AC)
2003 Italian Cup winner (Milan AC)
1994 World Cup Finalists (Italy)
2000 European Championship Finals (Italy)
1993 Intercontinental Cup Finals (Milan AC)
1994 Intercontinental Cup Finals (Milan AC)
1993 Champions League Finals (Milan AC)
1995 Champions League Finals (Milan AC)
2005 Champions League Finals (Milan AC)
1998 Italian Cup Finals (Milan AC)


Paolo Maldini (June 26, 1968, Milan) is an Italian football player. Maldini is a defender and, despite being naturally right-footed, predominantly plays the position of left back, although he sometimes plays at centre back. Throughout his long career, he has remained a one club man with A.C. Milan.

One of the great defenders of all time, he was arguably the best defender of his time at the peak of his career, and remains well known for influential captaincy, ice-cool temperament and flawless defending. He is still playing at the very highest level, which is confirmed by inclusion to FIFPro World XI in 2005, nomination to the UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 most valuable defender title, second place in Golden Foot nominations in 2005, and a top-ten finish in the voting for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year.

Maldini's Serie A debut came on January 20,1985 against Udinese. He has had a glittering career to date, winning many trophies with Milan (as of 2005, those include seven Serie A titles and four European Cups).

Maldini is Italy's most capped player. However, he never managed to win a trophy at the international level despite playing in the 1994 World Cup final and the 2000 European Championship Final. He retired from the national team after 2002 World Cup finishing his successful career with 126 caps and 7 goals. Maldini also played in the 1990 and 1998 World Cups, Euro 88, and Euro 96.

Maldini also set two new records in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final by scoring after only 51 seconds against Liverpool F.C. in Istanbul and also by being the oldest to score in a Champions League Final.

There was a public appeal in Italy for Maldini to come out of retirement for the 2004 European Championship, but he rejected the appeal for "personal reasons". Paolo's father, Cesare, also captained A.C. Milan in the 1960s, lifting the European Cup in 1963.

Maldini recently broke Dino Zoff's Serie A appearance record, making his 571st appearance against Treviso F.B.C.. He also recently played his 800th game in all competitions for Milan. In November 2005, he announced plans to retire from playing professional football at the end of the 2006/07 season.

Maldini has two sons, Christian and Daniel Maldini. Christian has signed for Milan's youth team at the age of 9 and is set to continue the Maldini dynasty.

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