Yesterday was a sad day for football. Captain Paolo Maldini played his last match on the AC Milan homeground, San Siro. As he walked out together with the team, he was met by a standing ovation from 85000 people, who, like many others, have learned to love him dearly over the years. It was a beautiful moment and even the opposing team, Roma, came out with jerseys saying: ‘Grazie Paolo – Grande Capitano’ which translates to: ‘Thank you Paolo – Oh Great Captain’. Now if that’s not love and respect, I don’t know what is. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check the link below and take a few moments to recognize his massive contribution to football that has touched so many people all around the world, throughout his 24 year career.
As a kid, you rarely wish to become a defender. It is more common to aspire to be more like Ronaldo or Kaka, scoring goals and getting all recognition. Maldini has changed that way of looking at football through his way of playing and being, on the field. Now, kids in Italy are hoping to take his place and build from the legacy he has left behind. They are tough shoes to fill though. He was not only a great football player, but a great person as well.
Thank you Paolo,