Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Italian FA: Thank You Paolo Maldini

The Italian football association have honoured the defensive legend...

The Italian FA (FIGC) have paid tribute to the legendary Paolo Maldini after the defender elected to a distinguished career, which saw him play 126 times for the Azzurri, at the end of season 2008-09.

The FIGC have dedicated a whole page to Maldini in today's edition of La Gazzetta Dello Sport, thanking him for the appearances he made for La Nazionale from 1988-2002.

The message inside the paper's spread reads, "Paolo Maldini, 126 times Azzurro, Grazie."

The picture (right) shows the stopper wearing the famous number three jersey with the captain's armband on his left arm.

Maldini began his Azzurri career during in 1988 and he retired from the international scene following the infamous shock loss to South Korea during the 2002 World Cup.

The FIGC have now honoured the Italian, but many fans of the legend, including Goal.com, have campaigned for one last match with Maldini in an Azzurri shirt.

Maldini officially retired from club football on the last day of the season, and his contract with Milan expires today.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com