Thursday, June 26, 2008

Milan's Maldini turns 40

Milan are wishing captain Paolo Maldini a happy birthday as he prepares for his 24th season with the Rossoneri.

The veteran defender had considered hanging his boots up at the end of last season, but he opted to stay on for one more campaign.

Maldini, who turns 40 today, has only ever worn the Rossoneri shirt and is guaranteed to live on in the hearts of Milan fans long after his playing days are over.

“Birthday wishes from the hearts of everyone at the club,” a statement on Milan’s website reads.

“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 has made more Serie A appearances than any other player with 617 outings to his name.

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