There are three generations of Maldini’s in the history books of AC Milan.
Paolo Maldini has son’s coming through the Milan academy, and he himself graces the board at the club as a director.
In an interview with UEFA.com, he talks about his family’s long association with the club and the most talked about moments in his history with Milan.
His father started the trend, back in 1954, and even captained the team to a European Cup triumph in 1963.
“There are very few years from 1954 onwards in which a Maldini has not been part of Milan.”
“My rapport with this club started in 1978 and never came to a close.”
“The fact that at least one member of the Maldini family has been at Milan since the 1950s should say it all.”
Maldini senior, the late Cesare won four Serie A titles with that 1963 European Cup, playing for the Rossoneri 386 times.
Paolo followed suit, also captaining the side, but has a far more impressive trophy haul, and played an astonishing 901 games.
He won five Champions Leagues, seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Italian Super Cups, four European Super Cups, and three Intercontinental Cups.
Maldini recalls the many trophies and victories, but the one that draws the most attention was the 2005 dramatic collapse and defeat to Liverpool.
“I played eight Champions League Finals, but people only remember that one.”
“My goal in the 2005 Final was the fastest and most wonderful scored in a Champions League Final.”
“The most dramatic to prove that things cannot be taken for granted and it’s that unpredictability which makes the sport marvellous.”
“It makes me laugh that I played eight European Cup Finals and won five of them.”
“But people only seem to remember that one. It left an important mark.”
“We were the favourites, we played much better than Liverpool and the momentum of the game never really shifted apart from those six minutes.”
“We were consistently dangerous going forward.”
“But when you accept these painful situations, it becomes easier for you to have other chances to make up for them.”
Milan surged into a three-nil lead first half in Istanbul.
Only for Liverpool to dramatically tear Milan apart in a six-minute onslaught and tieing the game up at 3-3.
Liverpool went on to win on Penalties.
Maldini vaguely recalls the 2007 sweet revenge.
“I remember very little of the game. I had taken so many painkillers to get through it.”
“I remember Pippo Inzaghi’s goals, the final whistle and a little of the celebrations.”
“I had surgery three days after the Final.”
“Every time I woke up, I’d ask if we had won or lost, just to make sure.”
While older son Christian has left Milan, younger son Daniel who is only 18 is thriving as the third generation of Maldini to represent the team.