Monday, November 3, 2008

Maldini Wins Facchetti Award

Milan legend Paolo Maldini has won the Facchetti Award, for his fairness and ability to be an example to others on the playing field.

Paolo Maldini is one of the few remaining true legends of the game. He has made a stunning 624 appearances for the Milanese club, and scored 29 goals over his time.

The award is held in the honour of the former Inter Milan great Giacinto Facchetti, who sadly lost his battle with cancer at the age of just 64, two years ago.

Facchetti was a great of the game, who went on to win four Scudetti and two European cups with the Nerazzurri. He also managed to make 94 appearances for the Italian national team over a 14 year period that included success in the EURO of 1968, and a loss in the World Cup final of 1970.

According to Facchetti’s son Gianfelice, who presented the award on the night, “Maldini is a fair player on the field and has always been an example to others.”

Maldini received the Facchetti Award and a check of €10,000 to be devoted to charity by Inter president Massimo Moratti and Gianfelice, who was one of three sons of Giacinto present at the ceremony.

Following the presentation of the award, Gianfelice also announced the creation of a foundation for the study and treatment of cancer, named after his father.