We’re today celebrating Paolo Maldini’s 50th birthday – an iconic player who defined a generation. He was a skilled leader for both Milan and the National Team, born in Milan on 26th June 1968. His father Cesare also left a significant mark on the world of football, although he was even able to go beyond his success. He first started off as a full-back before then moving into the middle of defence during the later stages of his career.
He spent 25 years with Milan and made 647 appearances for the club, racking up an honours’ list that placed him right at the top of world football. He also enjoyed a 14-year career with the National Team, earning 126 caps, 76 as Captain. This spell with the Azzurri saw Mancini miss out on two trophies, including the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000. An unforgettable career ensured that he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
All the best, Paolo!