One More Year of Paolo Maldini

Footy fans everywhere, rejoice: the player that can easily be defined as one of the best defenders ever to walk the face of this Earth, has extended his contract with AC Milan for one more year. I am talking of course of Azzurri & Rossoneri legend Paolo Maldini.

At nearly 40 years of age (his birthday’s on June 26), Maldini will officially become one of the oldest modern players of the beautiful game. Not many players in Serie A can claim that record, especially when they’re not wearing goalkeeper gloves and playing for Lazio (n’est-ce pas, Mr. Ballotta?). Out of memory, the most recent player to have gone over 40 years of age and still played somewhat competitively, is former Sampdoria legend Pietro Vierchowod (who retired in the year 2000 at 41 years of age). Coincidentally, Vierchowod was also old enough in 1982 to be named on Italy’s World Cup-winning team, even though he did not play a single match in that tournament. 

The only difference: Vierchowod was playing with Piacenza at the time he retired. Maldini on the other hand, will still be playing on one of the top clubs in Europe (albeit not in the Champions League) and still remains one of the most reliable center-backs/left-backs the beautiful game has to offer. 2008-09 will thus be Maldini’s 24th season with the Rossoneri. “My decision” Maldini said, “was to stop playing at first, but the management asked to keep on playing and after speaking with the coach and my teammates, I decided to continue for one more year. Playing football is something I enjoy doing and think myself capable of continuing to do well.”

Music for our ears Paolino.

[biography data & statistics courtesy of Gazzetta dello Sport]
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Bio data
Born
MILAN – 26/6/1968
Height Weight
187 cm 85 Kg
Technical notes
Role:
Defender
Serie A debut
20/1/1985, UDINESE-MILAN 1-1
National team debut
31/3/1988, YUGOSLAVIA-ITALY 1-1

2007/2008
Serie A
Coppa
Italia
Champions
League
UEFA
Cup
Matches
17
-
4
-
Starter
15
-
2
-
Subbed IN
2
-
2
-
Subbed OFF
4
-
-
-
.
Goals
1
-
-
-
Minutes played
1379
-
252
-
Goal average per match
0.06
-
-
-
Goal average per minute
1379
-
-
-
Yellow Cards
1
-
1
-
Red Cards
-
-
-
-
Match Rating (/10)
6.00
-
7.00
-

CAREER
Season
Team
Matches
Goals
Serie A
2007/2008
MILAN
17
1
Serie A
2006/2007
MILAN
18
1
Serie A
2005/2006
MILAN
14
2
Serie A
2004/2005
MILAN
33
0
Serie A
2003/2004
MILAN
30
0
Serie A
2002/2003
MILAN
29
2
Serie A
2001/2002
MILAN
15
0
Serie A
2000/2001
MILAN
31
1
Serie A
1999/2000
MILAN
27
1
Serie A
1998/1999
MILAN
31
1
Serie A
1997/1998
MILAN
30
0
Serie A
1996/1997
MILAN
26
1
Serie A
1995/1996
MILAN
30
3
Serie A
1994/1995
MILAN
29
2
Serie A
1993/1994
MILAN
30
1
Serie A
1992/1993
MILAN
31
2
Serie A
1991/1992
MILAN
31
3
Serie A
1990/1991
MILAN
26
4
Serie A
1989/1990
MILAN
30
1
Serie A
1988/1989
MILAN
26
0
Serie A
1987/1988
MILAN
26
2
Serie A
1986/1987
MILAN
29
1
Serie A
1985/1986
MILAN
27
0
Serie A
1984/1985
MILAN
1
0

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