When Cesare Maldini’s fortune craftsmen began to subside, Paolo began to show candidates who would produce greatness, reach heights that were not only his father but the best soccer players from all over the world could only hope to aspire.
Maldini junior spent all of his 25 seasons as a footballer wearing red and black lines from A.C. Milan, finally hung his boots at the age of forty. Throughout his playing career, Milan Paolo won seven Italian Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia and five Supercoppa Italiana. On the European scene, Paolo added 5 UEFA Champions League Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and 1 FIFA Club Globe Cup to win medals for his collection.
Maldini made his league debut in 1985 at the age of 16 and his talent was such that he became normal in the AC Milan squad in the 1986/87 season
Using the eighteen-year-old Maldini holding a normal position in his initial team, Milan won the 1987-88 league championship (Scudetto) his first trophy, in a remarkable career and which saw Maldini continue to break many records around the domestic club scene. The first occurred on September 25, 2005, when Paolo Maldini broke the Serie A appearance record, playing in his 571 league match, breaking the record of goalkeeper Dino Zoff. In February 2008, Maldini created 1,000 senior appearances at club and international levels.
Playing for Milan, Maldini took part in no fewer than eight UEFA Champions League finals, a record better than Francisco Gento, from Real Madrid. As captain of the club, Maldini has lifted the trophy five times, at the same time holding the record as the player to score the fastest goal in the European Club Cup final in just 51 seconds in the match, at the same time because the oldest player (37) is with the target identical in the final against Liverpool in 2005
At the international level, Paolo Maldini, played for the Italian national group for fourteen seasons, from his debut in 1988 to retirement in 2002. During that time he made 126 international appearances and scored seven goals.
Maldini enjoyed the difference because he was summoned by his father Cesare to develop into part of the Italian U-21 team, where his defensive midfielder’s talent stood out, when he played twelve times, scoring 5 goals. No one held young Maldini and made his national team debut (Azzurri) at the age of nineteen on March 31, 1988.
He was awarded the armband for the 1994 World Cup, which he wore with a difference until he retired as an international at the end of the 2002 World Cup, after wearing armbands it was a record 74 times. Sad Maldini has never won or led Italy to the international trophy as the most closed Italian player.
Maldini announced his plans to retire in the 2008-09 season. At the 17th of 2009, Maldini played his 900th match, appearing for Milan in a league match against Udinese and his last match as an active player was on the 31st of 2009, in the last match of the season, against Fiorentina, where Milan won 2- 0.
When Paolo Maldini retired, so did his number three shirt, using a guarantee that it would only be imposed if among the third generation of Maldinis made it into the AC Milan group squad. So far, the eldest son of Paolo Maldini and his Christian grandson Cesare Maldini are forming themselves effectively to accept the challenge. Just seventeen years old he is currently a member of Milan’s young squad, displaying sterling defensive talent that created the Maldini dynasty that has a very long function in Milan and in the international arena of Italy