Paolo Maldini is a legendary figure in Italian football, particularly within Serie A. He spent 25 years playing in the top flight of Italian football, mostly at his beloved A.C. Milan, where he enjoyed immense success and won numerous accolades, including five Scudetto titles and three UEFA Champions League trophies.
As a defender, Maldini was widely regarded as one of the best players in the world during his heyday and widely respected by players and coaches across all clubs in the league.
His ability to read the game and adapt to the changing tactics of different managers made him a formidable opponent, while his tremendous technical ability enabled him to excel both as an attacking full-back and a defensive center-back.
Off the pitch, Maldini was just as influential as he was on it. His dignified and humble leadership skills made him a natural leader in any team environment he found himself in, while his exemplary work ethic set an example for all around him to follow.
It is no surprise then that he holds the record for most appearances in Serie A, playing 647 times in the competition. One thing Maldini did not manage during his illustrious career was to end up as one of Serie A’s all-time top goalscorers.
Despite this, his impact on Italian football went far beyond numbers and goal tallies, earning him wide acclaim as one of Serie A’s greatest-ever defenders. His iconic status within the game was further cemented when he was named by UEFA as the best Italian player of all time in 2020.