Paolo Maldini Biography & Career Records | Only Player To Play In The Eight Champion League Finals

Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini

Date Of Birth: 29 June 1968

Paolo Maldini is the only player to play in the eight champion league finals. Won the title five times and remains runner-up three times.

Paolo Maldini is regarded as one of the best to grace the game of football. His career span was over 20 years in AC Milan. He was the backbone of Rossoneri. He drives Rossoneri to their most successful era in history.

Either out wide or in the center, he was an elegant defender of rare quality and supreme consistency. To his record, his defensive partnership with Baresi only allowed 23 goals in 196 games.

Paolo Maldini was the modern defender with considerable technique, quick vision, solid defensive approach, and excellent recuperation skills. He was the best defender in Series A four times.

He started his early days as a left-back and remain left-back until the 2000s when he switch to center-back. Paolo Maldini took retirement at the age of 41. He was honored to retire number 3 for AC Milan where he holds the record all-time most appearances with totally playing 902 matches for 25 seasons.

Paolo Maldini Personal Information

  • Nation: Italy
  • Height: 187cm
  • Position: Left-Full-Back/ Center-Back
  • Career Duration: 1984-2009
  • Career Goals: 36
  • International Caps: 126
  • Interntional Goals: 7
  • Worldcup participation: 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002

Club & Country Honours

  • 7 Times Italian Serie A champion
  • 1 Time Copa Italia winner
  • 5 Times UEFA Champion League winner -1989,1990,1994,2003,2007
  • 3 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up -1993,1995,2005
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
  • 2000 European Championship Runner-Up

Individual Awards

  • 1989 Bravo Award
  • 2 Times European Championship Team Of Tournament – 1996, 2000
  • 2 Times FIFA World Cup All-Star -1990, 1994
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup Best Defender
  • 2 times Ballon d’Or thrid place – 1994, 2003
  • 1994 World football Player Of The Year
  • 1995 Silver Ball FIFA World Player Of The Year
  • 2004 Series A Defender Of The Year
  • 2007 UEFA Champion League Best Defender 
  • 4 Times European Defender of The Year – 1994, 1995, 2003, 2005
  • UEFA Euro All time
  • AC Milan Hall of Fame
  • Italian Football Hall of fame – 2012
  • Ballon dOr dream team – 2020

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