A few weeks before, the well-renowned name Maldini again came in the news. As we expected, it was also related to football. But it was not regarding Cesare Maldini or Paolo Maldini. It was about the grandson of Cesare and the son of Paolo, Daniel Maldini. The third generation Maldini.
On 25th September 2021, he created a new history with AC Milan. The eighteen-year-old became the third generation of the Maldini family to score a goal for the prestigious Italian club, AC Milan. A rare achievement in the history of football. We have two generations of a family excelling in football. But, in the case of the Maldini family, it has reached the third generation with Daniel. The most beautiful moment when Daniel Maldini scored the goal against Spezia was that his father and the legendary player of AC Milan was there in the stands with a bright smile. An unforgettable moment for the family and the fans. A moment to cherish. He scored the goal on his Serie A debut. It makes the moment sweeter.
Cesare Maldini, the grandfather of Daniel, was the captain of AC Milan and Italy during his playing days. It was through him the Maldini family started a legacy with AC Milan. He also participated in the World Cup in 1962. After retiring, he turned into a manager where he managed Italy’s under-21 side and also he also managed Italy in the 1998 World Cup and Paraguay in the 2002 World Cup.
The second generation of the Maldini Family, Paolo Maldini, is a historical figure when we look at the success of AC Milan. When AC Milan ruled Europe, he was at the helm of their successful team. He is known as one of the best defenders in the world, and also, his captaincy was widely appreciated in the football world. The success Milan tasted in Europe was mainly because of the sheer commitment and hard work. When he left AC Milan, the club retired the number 3 shirt in 2008. It was the days that the fans now see as the football nostalgia of AC Milan.
After Paolo left the club, slowly, they started to deteriorate. They went through the worst years as a club. They reinforced the team only a few years back, and now they are steadily coming back to regain their lost identity. Here too, we can see a Maldini who helped the club to rise from the ashes. Paolo took the role of the technical director of the club.
The third generation of the family, Daniel is not a defender like his grandfather and father. He is an attacking midfielder who came up through Milan’s youth system. It was inevitable that he would follow in his family’s footsteps to keep the legacy at AC Milan. When Daniel played for AC Milan last January, the Maldini family completed 1000 matches combined for AC Milan. Another unique record.
There will be a lot of pressure on Daniel to maintain the legacy of their family. But with the guidance of his father, he can succeed in the Milan shirt in the coming years.