FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Legends Spotlight: Paolo Maldini
By EA SPORTS Football Jan 18, 2014
FIFA 14 Ultimate Team includes the greatest Legends to ever set foot on a pitch. Every week, FIFA 14 put spotlights one Legend, only available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
This week’s Spotlight: Paolo Maldini
Today, the number of athletes who spend their entire career with one team are few and far better, especially those who play for more than a decade. Italian defender Paolo Maldini not only spent his entire career with AC Milan, he’s the first name that comes up in conversation when people talk about the Rossoneri.
Maldini started his career with Milan in 1985 at the age of 16, and he proceeded to make 647 appearances for the club over a 25-year span. During that time, he helped the club expand their trophy case with seven Serie A titles, five Champions League trophies, five UEFA Super Cups and one Coppa Italia, before he retired in 2009.
Although defenders are not known for their goal-scoring abilities, Maldini amassed 29 goals for the club, including the fastest ever Champions League Final goal in 2005, giving his team the lead after only 50 seconds of match time.
His international career with Italy lasted from 1988 until 2002. During that period, he was a part of the Italy’s FIFA World Cup third place finish in 1990 in addition to a runner’s up finish at the following World Cup in 1994. He was also part of the national team during Italy’s 2000 European Football Championship run, where they lost to France in the finals.
The Maldini family has a long history with Milan. Paolo’s father Cesare played for the club from 1954-1966 and managed them on two separate occasions. Additionally, his two sons are currently part of Milan’s Youth Academy.
Maldini’s #3 was retired by Milan, making him only the second player for the club to have that honor bestowed upon him. If either one of his sons ends up playing professional for Milan in the future, they will be eligible to wear the number.
Career Highlights (All with AC Milan)
- 7 Serie A Titles
- 1 Coppa Italia
- 5 Supercoppa Italiana
- 5 UEFA Champions League Titles
- 5 UEFA Super Cups
- 2 Intercontinental Cups
- 1 FIFA Club World Cup
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