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maldini the italy player
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:23:59 PM »
Paolo Maldini (born June 26, 1968 in Milan) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club A.C. Milan. The son of Cesare Maldini, he has spent his entire career with Milan, and is the most-capped player in both the history of the club and Serie A. He was named among Pelé's top 125 living footballers in 2004

                Maldini made his league debut on January 20, 1985, at the age of sixteen, against Udinese Calcio as a halftime substitution for Sergio Battistini.[1] It would be his only league appearance of the campaign, but he was in the starting eleven the following season.

The 1987–88 Scudetto marked Maldini's first major trophy, and the first of seven league titles, with the club.[2] He was also part of AC Milan's undefeated "Dream Team" from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.

In addition to winning his third Champions League and reaching the 1994 FIFA World Cup final, Maldini became the first defender ever to win World Soccer magazine's annual World Player of the Year Award. During his acceptance speech, Maldini called his milestone "a particular matter of pride because defenders generally receive so much less attention from fans and the media than goalscorers. We are more in the engine room rather than taking the glory."[3] He then singled out Milan captain Franco Baresi as a player who "really [deserved] to receive the sort of award I have received."[3]

Maldini played his 600th Serie A match (not including playoff matches) on May 13, 2007, in a 1-1 draw at Calcio Catania.[4] On September 25, 2005, Maldini broke Dino Zoff's Serie A appearance record after playing his 571st league match against Treviso F.B.C.[5]; seven days earlier, he had played his 800th game in all competitions for Milan.

Maldini has participated in eight UEFA Champions League finals during the course of his career, which is more than any other active player and near by one to a record held by Francisco Gento. He has lifted the championship trophy five times, the latest coming in Milan's 2-1 victory over Liverpool F.C. in the 2007 CL final on May 23. In an interview with ESPN that aired prior to the broadcast of the 2007 final, he labeled the 2005 final, which Milan lost on penalties to Liverpool in extra time after blowing a 3-0 lead, the worst moment of his career, even though he had scored the fastest-ever goal in a European Clubs' Cup final just 51 seconds into the match, in the process also becoming the oldest player ever to score in a final.