AC Milan legend self-deprecates: “I’m a great loser…win the WC without me”
Paulo Maldini, one of the greatest defenders in soccer history beyond Italy, has given himself a harsh assessment.
“Italian soccer legend Paulo Maldini has surprisingly claimed that he is the biggest loser in the history of the game,” global media outlet Sportkida reported on April 24.
Maldini is a legendary defender who led AC Milan to their glory days. Following in the footsteps of his father, Cesare Maldini, he is a one-club man who came through the youth ranks and made his first-team debut in 1985 at the age of 16, never switching clubs until the 2008/09 season. During that time, he has won countless trophies, including five UEFA Champions League titles and seven Serie A titles.
Despite being a defender, Maldini finished as high as second in the Ballon d’Or voting in 1995. He also finished third twice (1994 and 2003). As such, Maldini is considered one of the best left backs in the history of the game, and Milan retired his number 3 shirt in honor of his loyalty to the club for so many years.
Despite having a great career as a soccer player and becoming an idol for younger players, Maldini raised eyebrows when he called himself a loser during an Instagram Live with his former teammate, Italian striker Christian Vieri.
According to the outlet, Maldini said, “I am the greatest loser in history. I won a lot, including five Champions Leagues, but I lost three Champions League finals, I lost one European Super Cup, three Intercontinental Cups, one World Cup final, one European Championship (Euro), one World Cup semifinal, and I can go on and on with the games I lost,” Maldini explained.
Despite lifting so many trophies, Maldini admits that he has lost more than he has won. He is particularly bitter about never having won a World Cup. 무지개토토 도메인
Maldini is an Italian legend with 126 caps, but unlike his club career, his national team career hasn’t been marked by trophies. Maldini played in four World Cups and three UEFA Euros during his career, but he ended his national team career without a win.