Thursday, May 21, 2009

Adriano Galliani Looking Forward To Rewarding Milan's Paolo Maldini

Galliani will be rewarding Maldini this weekend as the Rossoneri's captain celebrates his 900th official match with the club prior to his retirement.

It's an important weekend ahead for Milan as general manager Adriano Galliani is set to reward Paolo Maldini for his years of service.

Maldini will in fact celebrate his 900th official game in the Rossoneri colours, and Galliani admitted that this is a wonderful sensation for him.

"The effect is incredible," commented the club's director to Milan Channel. "On Saturday I will reward Paolo at Milanello for his 900 official games at Milan and I think that there is no one in the world who achieved something like this in a great club.

"Maldini played 900 games at the highest level in 25 years, that is just under 40 games per year, and we’re talking about official games, not friendlies. It seems incredible what Franco Baresi did in 20 years, Paolo arrived at 25...

"There are no adjectives or terms. It’s a pity that these 25 years do not start now, but unfortunately end. In any case, we must remain calm. The celebration for the captain will start with Milan, I hope, in the Champions League.

"On Sunday we must absolutely win against Roma, to be sure of the direct qualification, and then we shall dedicate ourselves to Paolo Maldini. We will think about the rest later. Now we must re-promise ourselves to go with tranquillity to Florence; it would be complicated to play for everything in Florence in the last matchday.”

Milan are in second place with 71 points from 36 games played, three points above Juventus and four points above Fiorentina in the race for the direct qualification to the Champions League.

Glenn Debattista,