The Poster: Paolo Maldini | The Greatest Defender of All Time

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There have been many great defenders in the history of football. But, there is one name that always comes up when people talk about the best defender of all time: Paolo Maldini. Maldini spent his entire 25-year career playing for AC Milan and is considered by many to be the best defender in their history. He was a complete player – he could read the game well, was strong in the tackle, and had an excellent passing range.

Maldini's Career

Maldini made his debut for AC Milan in 1985 and went on to play over 900 games for the club. He won numerous trophies with Milan, including seven Serie A titles and five Champions League medals. He also represented Italy 126 times, taking part in four World Cups and captaining them 75 times. Maldini was an elegant player who always seemed to be in control of the game. His calmness under pressure was one of his most impressive qualities.

In addition to his playing ability, Maldini was also a superb leader. He captained Milan for many years and was respected by both teammates and opponents alike. His leadership skills were evident even when he retired from playing – he immediately took up a coaching role at Milan and is now working as their sporting director.

Aspects of Maldini's game that made him so successful

What made Maldini so great was his versatility; he could play anywhere across the backline and was equally comfortable going forward or sitting back and defending. His reading of the game was impeccable and he rarely misplaced a pass. In short, Maldini was the complete defender.

Maldini was an incredibly complete defender. He was strong in the tackle, quick over short distances, and had excellent positional sense. He was also a good passer of the ball and an accurate crosser. Maldini could play both as a centre-back and as a left-back, although he was most often deployed as a centre-back.

In addition to his defensive prowess, Maldini was also a threat going forward. He scored 33 goals during his career, scoring some crucial spectaculars.

But despite all his offensive talents, it is for his defence that Maldini will be most remembered. He was a master of the tackle, both in one-on-one situations and in double-teaming an opponent with a teammate. Maldini was also excellent at reading the game and anticipating opponents' movements. He very rarely made a mistake, and when he did, he recovered quickly.

Maldini was an incredible defender, and there is no doubt that he is the greatest defender of all time.

Maldini post-retirement

Maldini retired from playing in 2009, but he has remained involved in the game. He took up a coaching role at Milan immediately after retiring and is now working as their sporting director. Maldini's loyalty to Milan is legendary, as he rejected offers from bigger clubs throughout his career, preferring to stay with the Rossoneri until the end.

In his current role as sporting director, Maldini is responsible for Milan's transfer policy and scouting network. He has been widely praised for his work in this area, and Milan's recent success is largely due to the signings he has made. Maldini has a keen eye for talent, and he has brought some of the best young players in Europe to the club. He has been a critical part of the rise of Milan once again after their dark period in the last decade.

Maldini was a truly world-class player and is rightly considered one of the greatest defenders of all time. His passion for Milan, and for football, was evident throughout his career. He will go down in history as one of the game’s true legends.

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