He is one of just 18 players in history to have appeared in over 1,000 games. He was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in December 2012. Cesare, Paolo's father, played for and led Milan before becoming a successful national under-21 manager who subsequently managed both Milan and the senior national team in France in 1998. His son followed in his footsteps by playing for Italy at youth level before making his debut in 1996. He went on to appear in over 100 matches over the next seven years, scoring eight goals.
Paolo Maldini started out as a left back but was later moved up front where he scored 46 goals in 762 appearances during his career. He ended his career with A.S. Roma after spending 22 seasons with the club, winning six titles including three consecutive Serie A championships from 1991 to 1993. He also won two Coppa Italia medals with Rome.
During his time at Milan, Maldini won five trophies, including three successive Scudetti. He is only the second player after Pietro Anastasi once to score in every game of a Serie A season. He ended his career with 341 appearances and 46 goals under his belt.
After retiring in 2008, Maldini has worked as a football commentator for Mediaset since 2009. In 2012, he was hired as a consultant by AC Milan.
His son followed in his footsteps by playing for Milan and earning 105 caps for Italy between 1990 and 2004.
Paolo Maldini was born on January 4, 1960 in Milan. He was a central defender who played for and led Milan from 1978 to 1993 and earned 105 caps for Italy between 1990 and 2004. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time and was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992. In addition to his native language of Italian, he spoke English during his career. Maldini died at the age of 42 on April 15, 2012 after suffering a heart attack while training with his club. He had been diagnosed with cancer two years earlier.
Maldini started his professional career at hometown club Milan when he turned 18 in 1978. He helped the club win three European Cups - in 1985, 1989, and 1991 - and one Intercontinental Cup in 1987. After making over 100 appearances for Milan, he moved to Atalanta in 1993 for a reported $4 million transfer fee. He remained at Atalanta for three seasons before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in 1996.
He played 902 official matches and won 26 titles over his twenty-five years in the Milan shirt. There are no words to describe Paolo Maldini's football career, which began as a little lad in Udine on January 20, 1985, with coach Nils Liedholm on the bench. Arrigo Sacchi began a triumphant ride that was completed by Capello. The only thing we can say for sure is that Maldini will be remembered as one of world football's greatest defenders.
He died on February 24, 2012 at the age of 45 after suffering from cancer.
AC Milan have decided to change their badge in memory of Paolo Maldini. Before he died, he asked that his name be removed from the badge because he didn't want to be associated with the club anymore. But they decided to keep his name on the badge in order to continue the story of one of world football's greatest defenders.
Paolo Maldini played 902 official matches and won 26 titles over his twenty-five years in the Milan shirt. He died at the age of 45 in February 2012 after suffering from cancer. His death left a big hole in Italian football and in global football too. He was always chosen by his teammates before important games in order to provide support to the captain. Maldini had several offers from foreign clubs but he always said he would never leave Milan. He loved the club and its fans too much to think about leaving.
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He won five European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues, seven Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana titles, four European/UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup with Milan. He is also the only player to have won the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs: AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and New York City FC.
Maldini started his career at hometown club AC Milan where he remained for his entire professional career, winning five European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues, seven Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia, and four Supercoppa Italiana titles. He ended his career in 2015 after spending one season with New York City FC.
During his time at Milan, Maldini helped the team to win five European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues, seven Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia, and four Supercoppa Italiana titles. He also had a role in securing Milan's place in the 1994 FIFA World Cup by scoring both goals in their 2-0 victory over Parma that ensured they finished first in their group.
After retiring from playing, Maldini took up a coaching position with Milan and led the team to its second consecutive championship in 2016-17.
He made two appearances for his native country in 2003, and he has represented the latter national team 30 times since his debut in 2011, scoring once. He represented Italy in the 2014 World Cup and two European Championships, coming second in Euro 2012.
Balotelli was born on 4 February 1992 in San Giovanni Di Giulianova, a small town near Bari in the south of Italy. His father, Giuseppe, is an Italian from Puglia while his mother, Monica, is from Sicily. The couple met while playing football for local side Della Valle Rosse during their vacations in Bari. They had three more children: older brother Daniele and younger sister Sara. When Mario was nine years old, the family moved to Manchester where he began his career with Manchester City.
His nickname "Mario" was given to him by his father when he was a child. It comes from the Mario character who's main role in most games called Super Mario Bros. is to save Princess Peach from being kidnapped by Bowser.
When Mario was 12 years old, his father died during a game with Bari against Parma. After this incident, Mario decided to take up football as a career. He signed with Manchester City at the age of 13 and remained with the club for five years without making a single appearance.