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Paolo Maldini

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.17CET

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Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.17CET

Paolo Maldini


Clubs: AC Milan

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
runner-up 2000, team of the tournament 1988, 1996, 2000
European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League: winner 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007; runner-up 1993, 1995, 2005
UEFA Super Cup: winner 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
European/South American Cup: 1989, 1990
UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2007 users' Team of the Year: 2003, 2005

• The son of Italian international Cesare Maldini, Paolo joined Milan as a schoolboy and made his Serie A debut at the age of 16; he would go on to break all appearance records – both for the club and Serie A – before retiring aged 40 in 2009.

• Won his first Serie A title in 1988 – the same year he made his major tournament debut for Italy, at the UEFA European Championship in West Germany; there would be six more Italian championships for the Rossoneri during the course of his career, including five during the 1990s.

• Won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990, adding further UEFA Champions League triumphs in 1994, 2003 (in which he was man of the match in the final against Juventus) and 2007; also a runner-up three times.

• Overtook Dino Zoff to become Italy's most capped international in making 126 appearances between 1988 and 2002, a sequence which brought participation at three UEFA European Championships and four FIFA World Cups, but no major trophies – he was a runner-up in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000.

• Switched from left-back to the centre of the defence later in his career and bowed out in 2009 with more Serie A appearances (647) than any other player in history; also set a club record of 902 appearances in all competitions for Milan, including a record 168 in UEFA club matches.

• Maldini received a commemorative cap and medal from UEFA to mark his century of international appearances on 11 October 2011, before Italy's 3-0 win against Northern Ireland in UEFA European Championship qualifying.

• "It's a great pleasure to be here," he said. "I'm the only one of the four who hasn't won a World Cup but I had the joy of playing in four of them. I've had so much from life that I cannot regret anything."

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