Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy 40th Birthday Maldini!

Football legend Paolo Maldini has reached yet another landmark, as the AC Milan symbol celebrates his 40th birthday today.

Maldini made his debut for Milan way back in January 1985, however almost a quarter-of-a-century later he is still going strong.During his entire club career with the Rossoneri he has won seven Scudetti, one Coppa Italia, five Italian Super Cups, five Champions League titles, five European Super Cups and three World Club Cups.He is both Milan and Italy’s all-time appearance maker, and is regarded by some as the best defender in the history of the game.“Birthday wishes from the hearts of everyone at the club,” reads a statement on Milan’s official website.“After a 23-year career and 1009 official games in the League, Cup and for his nation, Maldini decided to stay for another season.“That choice brought such joy to all the fans, who woke up this morning thinking about him on his birthday.”Maldini was due to retire from football this summer. However some brilliant performances last season from the defender saw have a change of heart, and he recently signed a one year extension until 2009.