Paolo Maldini has joined an élite band by becoming only the second player to captain his team to two successes in the competition under its current format.
In terms of the European Champion Clubs' Cup record books, Maldini becomes the tenth skipper to have lifted the famous trophy more than once. However, the AC Milan stalwart has accomplished something truly remarkable as just the second multiple-winning captain after Fernando Hierro - who led Real Madrid CF to continental glory in 1998 and 2002 - not to have landed the silverware in consecutive seasons.
Maldini first guided his side to UEFA Champions League supremacy in 2003 when Milan beat Juventus on penalties. The talisman will now set his sights on equalling the feat of the great Franz Beckenbauer - the only man to skipper a team to three triumphs in Europe's premier club tournament.
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