Monday, May 25, 2009

Goodbye Il Captino

He may not be the greatest defender to grace the game or AC Milan for that matter, but somehow he managed to be the greatest player to play at the San Siro. Maldini is so much more to Milan than just a defender. He is our leader, our captain. When Baresi retired, the rossoneri took comfort in the fact that Paolo was there.

It is impossible to imagine another player filling the shoes left vacant by Maldini even if a third generation of Maldinis line up to claim the No.3 jersey. It will take a herculean effort to match his longevity and his titles. His brief roster of trophies include 5 Champions League crowns, 7 Serie A titles and the World Cup to boot. Yesterday, he played his last game at the San Siro and all I can think of to say is...

Grazie mille, Paolo.

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