Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini was a one-club man. The Italian defender spent 24 years of his career in Serie A with AC Milan. During his time at Milan, Maldini won total of 25 trophies: Five UEFA Champions League, Seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana titles, four European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

The Italian defender was popular among everybody due to his leadership and defending skills on the field. Maldini captained both AC Milan and Italy and he was brilliant at leading the team from forward. Due to this quality, Maldini’s fellow teammates nicknamed him “The Captain”,

In his 25 seasons with AC Milan Maldini achieved many individual trophies and created numerous records. The Italian defender was placed third in the Ballon d’Or on two occasions: 1994 and 2003. He also won Serie A defender of the year in 2004 and won best defender title at the UEFA Club Football Awards.

Maldini achieved a lot with AC Milan but couldn’t achieve the same success with the Italian national team. The Italian defender reached the semi-final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the final in 1994 but couldn’t get his hands on the golden trophy. The AC Milan defender also reached the semi-final of the UEFA Euro Cup 1988 and the final in 2000. Even on these two occasions, Italy couldn’t win the international trophy. At last, Maldini decided to retire at the age of 41 with a record 902 appearances for AC Milan.