Paolo Maldini

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Paolo Cesare Maldini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo malˈdiːni]; born 26 June 1968) is an Italian former professional footballer who played primarily as a left back and centre back for AC Milan and the Italy national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever defenders and as one of the greatest players of all time. As the Milan and Italy captain for many years he was nicknamed "Il Capitano" ("The Captain"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paolo Maldini has received more than 5,691,030 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Paolo Maldini is the 40th most popular soccer player (up from 50th in 2019), the 594th most popular biography from Italy (up from 644th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Italian Soccer Player.

Paolo Maldini is most famous for his long career as a professional footballer with AC Milan and the Italian national team. He played as a left-back and spent all 25 seasons of his career at Milan, making 902 appearances and scoring 26 goals. He won 26 trophies with Milan, including five Serie A titles, five Supercoppa Italiana, five European Cup/Champions League titles, one UEFA Super Cup, two Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup.

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Among soccer players, Paolo Maldini ranks 40 out of 16,923Before him are Lionel Messi, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthäus, Josef Masopust, Ruud Gullit, and Ricardo Zamora. After him are Uwe Seeler, Bobby Charlton, Ronaldinho, Antonín Panenka, Nílton Santos, and Béla Guttmann.

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Among people born in 1968, Paolo Maldini ranks 2Before him is Will Smith. After him are Celine Dion, Daniel Craig, Felipe VI of Spain, Hugh Jackman, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Naomi Watts, Guy Ritchie, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Mika Häkkinen, and Didier Deschamps.

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Among people born in Italy, Paolo Maldini ranks 594 out of 4,088Before him are Anastasia of Sirmium (281), Pope Benedict VI (900), Hippolytus of Rome (170), Marcus Furius Camillus (-446), Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily (1782), and Giulio Andreotti (1919). After him are Agathocles of Syracuse (-361), Maria Goretti (1890), Giuliano Gemma (1938), Cosima Wagner (1837), Hiero II of Syracuse (-308), and Pinturicchio (1454).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Paolo Maldini ranks 3Before him are Giuseppe Meazza (1910) and Cesare Maldini (1932). After him are Roberto Baggio (1967), Giacinto Facchetti (1942), Paolo Rossi (1956), Silvio Piola (1913), Gianni Rivera (1943), Franco Baresi (1960), Francesco Totti (1976), Gianluigi Buffon (1978), and Alessandro Del Piero (1974).