Paolo Maldini is an Italian ex-footballer who spent his whole football career at A.C. Milan. The Italian legend is regarded as one of the best players of the football world. Maldini is one of the most celebrated footballers ever. Read on to find out facts about Paolo Maldini.
Paolo Cesare Maldini was born on June 26, 1968 in Milan Italy. The Italian ex-footballer used to play as a left back and central defender for A.C. Milan also Italian national team.
As Maldini spent more than 30 years playing for Milan, he first of all deserved to be the rossoneri’s captain as he became the "Il Capitano" ("The Captain").
Paolo held the record for most appearances in Serie A with 647 games, until 2020 when he was overtaken by the legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Paolo Maldini is the technical director of Milan as well as being co-owner of USL Championship club Miami FC currently.
Paolo Cesare Maldini was born on June 26, 1968 which means he is 52 years old now. Paolo was born to Maria Luisa Maldini and Cesare Maldini. Paolo Maldini family wasn’t unfamiliar with football as his father was an honorable ex-footballer whom also played for A.C Milan.
It is a tragedy for the Italian legend as both of his folks passed away in 2016. All of Paolo Maldini childhood is filled with memories of Milan as he started his youth career in the club and never left his boyhood club.
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In spite of Paolo’s age he looks incredibly handsome and fit. Here are Paolo Maldini body measurements: He has a height of 6 feet 1 inches (186m), and his weight is around 85kg. Unfortunately there isn’t any more information about Paolo Maldini body measurements.
Paolo was a youth academy of A.C Milan product and he managed to win the Coppa Italia Primavera with the Milan Youth side during the 1984–85 season.
Later that season on 20 January 1985 Maldini got the opportunity of a lifetime as he got the chance to play for the senior squad of A.C Milan at the age of 16. Which was due the injury of Sergio Battistini in a match against Udinese.
Sadly he didn’t get any more play time that season. Miraculously he was membered as one of the starting lineup players at the age of 17. Paolo Maldini early football career started as a right back for the rossoneri but he switched to left-back due to his talent of playing with left foot.
Paolo was gifted the number 3 shirt which his dad, Cesare Maldini, used to wear.
1987 was the start of glorious era for both Paolo Maldini and A.C Milan. Milan had the best defensive as well as attacking lineup in the whole Europe.in 1987 Milan only conceded 14 goals and finished as the best defense in Italy as they won the Serie A title.
Maldini went on to win the 1988 Supercoppa Italiana with Milan as well as 2 back to back European Cup titles in 1988–89 and 1989–90. In those memorable seasons Milan finished in third and second place in Serie A. in which they were nicknamed the immortals.
During all those seasons Paolo Maldini was the untouchable part of Milan’s starting squad. On 19 February 1989, Maldini featured his 100th match in Serie A for A.C Milan.
Milan managed to reach the final of the 1989–90 Coppa Italia but sadly they were defeated 0 – 1 to Juventus. Nevertheless Milan also captured 2 back to back successive European Super Cup titles in 1989 and 1990 as well as an Intercontinental Cup titles in 1989 and 1990.
In 1989 Paolo Maldini received the Bravo Award as the best under-23 player in European Competitions. All of these trophies and honors at the age of 23! They don’t say he is one of the best defenders of all time for nothing as Paolo Maldini club career was honorable beyond imagination.
Milan managed to hold the record of 58 unbeaten matches which earned them "The Invincibles" nickname in the 1991-92 season. Maldini helped Milan reclaim the Serie A title once again the following season. More to come yet, Milan reached their third consecutive UEFA Champions League final.
Unfortunately Milan lost the final 0-1 to Marseille, in that season Maldini scored his first goal in European Competitions on 21 October 1992 in 1-0 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Also Paolo Maldini featured his 200th match in Serie A for Milan the same year.
The following season Milan won their third Serie A title as Paolo led his boyhood club to another Champions League final where they defeated Barcelona and claimed the title. Despite Barcelona‘s lethal attacking line under Johan Cruyff management, Maldini helped to keep a clean sheet in the 4-0 victory over Barcelona.
As Maldini won his third Champions League title and reached the 1994 World Cup final with Italian national team. Paolo Maldini became the first defender in the football world to win the World Soccer magazine's annual World Player of the Year Award.
Another interesting fact about Paolo Maldini is that during his acceptance speech Maldini stated that he is proud to claim the award as not many defenders get enough admiration and attention in comparison to attackers, ‘We are more in the engine room rather than taking the glory" Palo added.
Another fact about Paolo Maldini is that he was ranked third in the 1994 Ballon d'Or behind Stoichkov and Roberto Baggio, and fifth in the FIFA World Player of the Year Award.
In the 1996–97 as a result of Capello's departure and retirement of some key players, Milan suffered a lot. Milan endured a loss at the Supercoppa Italiana to Fiorentina in 1996, and failed to qualify for European competitions for two consecutive seasons.
As Franco Baresi's and Mauro Tassotti's decided to retire after the 1996–97 season, Palo Maldini became the new captain of rossoneri, and Paolo Maldini Captaincy officially started.
Although Milan endorsed many hardships during Paolo Maldini Captaincy, they managed to reach to the Coppa Italia final in 1998. Sadly they lost the final to Lazio.
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Under Carlo Ancelotti Milan rose to its former glory once again in the 2001–02 season. Also Paolo Maldini became a legendary captain of the rossoneri.
Milan finished in 4th place in Serie A and qualified for the Champions League. Milan managed to win the 2002–03 Champions League with Maldini as their captain for the first time in Paolo Maldini Club Career.
In the first, all Italian Champions League final which took place on 28 May 2003 at Old Trafford. Maldini led his team to glory and honor as he helped to keep a clean sheet, after the 0-0 deadlock between Milan and Juventus the penalty shootout started. As Milan defeated Juventus 3–2 on penalties.
Interesting fact about Paolo Maldini is that it was accurately 40 years since his father, Cesare, had also lifted the European Cup trophy as Milan's captain also in England. An emotional and honorable moment in Paolo Maldini club career.
Maldini was selected as Man of the Match and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year for the first time in his club career.
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Top fact about Paolo Maldini is that in 1986 Paolo was called out to join the Italian under-21 national team by his father Cesare Maldini, which was the start of Paolo Maldini International career.
Paolo Maldini made his first debut for the Italian under-21 national team in the 0-0 draw over Austria. Paolo earned 12 caps along with 5 goals for Italy in 1986.
On 31 March 1988 in a 1–1 friendly draw against Yugoslavia at the age of 19 Paolo Maldini made his first debut for the Italian senior team.
Paolo appeared in all of four matches of Italy at UEFA Euro 1988 where they reached the semi-finals and lost to Soviet Union in that round.
Maldini also featured in the 1990 FIFA World Cup which took place in his home country. Paolo was in the starting lineup for all of Italy’s matches. Thanks to Paolo Maldini Italy kept 5 consecutive clean sheets.
After the 0-0 in the semi-final against Argentina, Italy lost in the penalty shootout. After holding a World Cup record total of 518 minutes without conceding any goal.
Maldini netted his first national goal during his 44th cap for Italy, in a 2–0 friendly win over Mexico on 20 January 1993.
Sadly Italy failed to qualify for Euro 1992 but the bright spot was that they managed to get to the 1994 World Cup. As Paolo became vice-captain. Once again they were incredible and Maldini helped the defensive line keep a clean sheet couple of times in the tournament but they lost the final to Brazil which was a dissapointing moment in Paolo Maldini international career.
In the 1998 World Cup which took place in France. Italy had an awesome start as they topped their group but sadly Italy lost to the hosts and eventual champions.
As Italy reached the final of Euro 2000 once again they lost to France. It was such a loss as Italy was amazing during the tournament and Maldini started in every single match, he was a shining star.
Maldini managed to play in his fourth World Cup, and his second as captain, in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan. They started well as Maldini helped to keep a clean sheet in the first match. At the end Italy was eliminated from the campaign in the round of 16.
Maldini scored almost all of his international goals in home games. He was literally an Italian legend as he was Italy’s national team captain for 16 years.
Maldini retired from the international field at the age of 34 as the most capped Italian. Despite of his untiring effort Maldini couldn’t bring any trophy for his country. But no one can deny his effort as he helped reaching many grand international finals.
Another fact about Paolo Maldini is that on 16 February 2008 in a match against Parma, Paolo Maldini came on as substitute for Marek Jankulovski. Which was his 1000th game in his professional career.
Paolo played his last match in the Champions League 2008-09 season in a 2-0 against Arsenal, which led to Milan’s elimination from the campaign.
On 18 April 2009, the Italian legend stated that he would retire by the end of 2008-09 season. The 3-2 loss against Roma in San Siro was Maldini’s last game for Milan. It is really sad that the Italian legend had such a goodbye. Nevertheless he was given a standing ovation by the fans.
Another interesting fact about Paolo Maldini is that he was naturally a right-foot and began his football career as a right-back. But the position was filled by Mauro Tassotti so Paolo Maldini style of play changed a little bit.
Due to Paolo’s ability to play with both legs he switched to left-back. It turned out amazing for him as Paolo Maldini became an icon for every other player who wanted to play in the left-back position.
Paolo Maldini style of play was known for his technical skills, stamina, sliding tackles, composure and fast energetic forward runs. Also Paolo was an excellent crosser and made good goal scoring chances for the strikers.
Paolo Maldini Market value had been at its highest point in January 2005 when the Italian was 36 years old, during that time Paolo Maldini Market value was 3.00 m € which was a heavy number that time.
Paolo Maldini salary during his football years is not known. But Palo Maldini net worth is estimated to be around $26m.
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Adriana Elena Fossa Blanco is Paolo Maldini wife. She comes from an honorable Venezuelan family. After graduating from high school Adriana moved to Miami to pursue her passion which was modeling.
After walking the catwalk in Paris, she arrived at Milan where she took part in TV show called Aquile. In 1988 Adriana Fossa met Paolo Maldini in a nightclub.
1990 was the start of Adriana’s successful career as she modeled for Gianni Versace, Laura Biagiotti and Gianfranco Ferré.
On 14 December 1994 Paolo Maldini, the Italian footballer, married Adriana Fossa, as Adriana became Paolo Maldini wife. After her children’s birth, Adriana decided to retire from modeling and take part in entrepreneurial and charitable activities.
Currently she holds shares in the company that manages the Sweet Years clothing brand which is founded by her husband and another Italian footballer who is called Christian Vieri.
Paolo Maldini and Adriana Fossa have two sons, here is Paolo Maldini children names: Christian and Daniel Maldini. Christian is first born son of Paolo Maldini, he was born on 14 June 1996 meaning he is 24 years old.
Christian started his football career at A.C. Milan Primavera just like his father, but he couldn’t reach Milan’s senior team. In 2014 he was loaned out to Brescia but unfortunately he couldn’t play a single match for them.
In honor of his late grandfather, Cesare, Christian was made the captain of Milan Primavera for an Under-19 friendly match against Novara in 2016.
On 18 September 2016 Christian Maldini made his first senior debut in the Maltese Premier League. On 15 October 2016 Christian made several mistakes which led to all the goals his side received including an own goal. He currently plays for the Italian club, Pro Sesto.
Daniel Maldini is Paolo’s second son, he was born on 11 October 2001 meaning he’s 19 years old and has his whole future ahead of him. Likewise his father and older brother Daniel joined Milan's youth academy in 2010. At first Daniel liked to play as defender like he father grandfather Cesare, today he plays as an attacking midfielder for A.C Milan senior team.
Paolo Maldini social media has been active these years he mostly shares pictures of him along with other famous footballers, also pictures of his family. @paolomaldini is his ID address on Instagram in which he has more than 1.9 million followers.