Monday, February 18, 2008

Maldini Dedicates 1000th Game

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has dedicated the honour of having played 1000 professional games to his dear wife.

The 39-year-old reached the milestone on Saturday evening when he came on as a second-half substitute during his side’s 0-0 draw at Parma.

Maldini made his debut more than 23 years ago on January 20, 1985, and he has since gone on to break record after record in the game.

"These are numbers which will remain in history – too bad we did not get the three points," Maldini said.

"However it's ok to have highs and lows. I would like to dedicate this milestone to my family, particularly to my wife who has always supported me and always stood by me."

Milan have been much improved in 2008, and Maldini is relatively pleased with the progress the team is making.

"We are certainly in a better situation compared to a month and a half ago," the defender added.

"We are definitely going for that fourth place. I think we can take it if we continue playing like we are doing."

Finally Maldini spoke about this Wednesday’s mouth-watering Champions League clash with Arsenal in North London.

"Now we have a difficult game against Arsenal," he stated.

"However we are the defending champions, we might get some players back from injury and the atmosphere in the stadium will undoubtedly be fantastic. We all are looking forward to this game."

Maldini is expected to start the game on the bench, although there is a slight chance he could be employed in the left-back role, with Alessandro Nesta and Kakha Kaladze in the centre.