Sunday, March 1, 2009


Our captain left Europe. Disappointed for the elimination, but with his head held high for his history and his performance. The numbers and past results are of the highest level.

MILAN - Paolo Maldini debuted on the international scene with Milan's shirt almost 24 years ago. It was September 18 1985, Milan were facing Auxerre in France, in the Uefa Cup. The defensive line was made up of Tassotti, Filippo Galli, Franco Baresi and the same Paolo. The French side won 3-1, but in the second leg, always with Maldini on the pitch, the Rossoneri's team qualified thanks to a 3-0 win at San Siro.

From that double clash until today, Paolo Maldini has the following record: 139 in the Champions Cup/Champions League, 22 in the Uefa Cup and 7 in the European Super Cup. Apart from 7 games in the Interncontinental Cup. In total 168 official games with the Milan shirt in the European cups and 7 games in world scene in the Fifa competition.

Something unique, extraordinary, unrepeatable. Last night the last act, against Werder Bremen in the Uefa Cup. This second part of the Rossoneri's season contains inside a series of 'last times' of the captain and putting them together one after another can appear repetetive, but an international parable like the one of Paolo Maldini cannot be accompanied with all the honours. Something fantastic which ends is never something negative. Never.