21 of the best quotes on Paolo Maldini: ‘His soul belongs to Milan’

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Serie A in the 1990s was a wonderful thing – but Paolo Maldini is one of the few players to say he conquered Italy’s top flight in three separate decades.

Maldini made his AC Milan debut aged just 16 in 1985 and went on to play until he was 40 before finally retiring as a one-club man in 2009.

An undisputed icon for Milan and Italy, the defender – who shone as both a left-back and centre-back – lifted Serie A and the Champions League in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, while he went on to become the national team’s most capped player – a record which has since been surpassed.

It’s impossible to sum up a player with the longevity and significance of Maldini, so we’ve left it to the players who had the honour of appearing alongside him, and those that had the problem of facing him.

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