21 quotes on Italian and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini


Paolo Maldini, AC Milan

Paolo Maldini is one of the few players to say he conquered Italy’s top flight in three separate decades.

An undisputed icon for Milan and Italy, the defender – who shone as both a left-back and centre-back – lifted Serie A and the Champions League in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, while he went on to become the national team’s most capped player – a record which has since been surpassed.

It’s impossible to sum up a player with the longevity and significance of Maldini, so we’ve left it to the players who had the honour of appearing alongside him, and those that had the problem of facing him.

Franco Baresi

“He was very young, so I tried to give him some advice. But he needed very little; he was already a great player.”

Cesare Maldini

“He’s a real Rossonero. His soul belongs to Milan.”

Ruud Gullit

“Position for position one of the greatest players ever. But unlike certain other great full-backs, he wasn’t world-class when just defending or just…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper