Paolo was born in Milan, on the 26th of June 1968. He was
the son of a great Milan player, Cesare Maldini, ex-coach
of the Italian national team, currently searching talents
for AC Milan. That's one of the reasons that he played for
AC Milan and not for Juventus Torino, the team he loved in
his childhood. As he grew up he started to dislike Juve and
like AC Milan. His mother's name was Maria Luisa.
Maldini cam play on the left wing or as a central defender.
The debut in the Italian Serie A took place on the 20th of
January 1985 for AC Milan in a match against Udinese. He took
advantage of the fact that most of the players who were starting
in the first eleven were injured. The great player of the
50's for AC Milan, who also formed the GRENOLI trio, the Swedish
Nils Liedholm, introduced the young Maldini on the pitch in
the second half of the match at only 16 years. Since then
and until now, he is a regular in Milan's first eleven.
In November 1986 he debuted in the Squadra Azzura U21 (U21
Italian National team). After one year and almost four months
of playing for the U21's he finally debuted in the senior
team on 31st of March 1988 in Split, on the pitch of the Hajduk
stadium, in a friendly against the Former Republic of Yugoslavia,
that finished 1-1. He entered the match in the second half.
He is the most capped Italian player with more than 126
appearances in the blue jersey, most of them as captain.
Paolo Maldini had the opportunity to lift Milan's sixth Champions League title in May 2003 in Manchester, after we've defeated Juventus on penalties. Unfortunately for him, Milan lost next year's Champions League trophy against Liverpool in Istanbul, despite Paolo's goal from the first minute. The team more than made up for that slip by winning the 17th title in Italy.
He enjoys rap music artists such as 2Pac or Will Smith. He's also an advertising figure, especially for Opel and