Maldini Returns to AC Milan as Strategist

Maldini Returns to AC Milan as Strategist
Maldini Returns to AC Milan as Strategist

Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini, who spent his entire 25-year playing career at AC Milan, is returning to the club as the sporting strategy and development director.

The appointment of the 50-year-old Maldini in the new role is part of Milan’s attempt to restore the club to past glories having finished no higher than sixth in Serie A since 2013, AFP reported.

Maldini, whose number-three shirt has been retired by the club, made a record 647 appearances in Italy’s top flight, winning 26 trophies including seven Serie A titles and five European Cups.

He also played 126 times for his country, finishing as a runner-up at the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000.

“There are few words to describe what Paolo Maldini represents for AC Milan,” club chief executive Paolo Scaroni said in a statement on Sunday.

Milan splashed out over $231 million on players last summer but finished sixth in Serie A and failed to qualify for Champions League.

The club was taken over by US hedge fund Elliott last month after the Chinese owners of the Italian giants failed to repay debt.

Milan signed Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus in a three-player swap deal on Thursday that saw Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin and Mattia Caldara coming to San Siro.



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