The world of football is slowly getting softer and softer, especially with the introduction of technology into the sport.
However, time and again, we come across some players who are ready to take us back to the old style of football with crunching tackles and bodies flying all around.
There are very few players who are capable of playing such a game on a regular basis at the moment in Europe so one player who will always be remembered for his game is AC Milan beast Paolo Maldini.
One of the very few players to have played more than 1000 games in club football, Maldini has 902 club games, 126 Italy caps, 26 trophies and 25 seasons and stands as one of the best defenders to have ever played the game.
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The worst nightmare of even the best strikers in world football, the 49-year old, who celebrated his birthday this Monday, gave a whole new definition to defending and was always a treat to watch on the field.
A sensational leader at the San Siro, the Italian star is trying his hand currently in the sport of tennis but his legacy in football will never be forgotten.
He is also one of the most decorated defenders, winning five Champions League trophies, seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana titles, five European Super Cups two Intercontinental trophies and a FIFA World Cup and helped establish AC Milan as one of the best clubs in the world in his time.
In 2007, he also became the eldest player to captain his side to a Champions League trophy and surely, his legacy will live forever.
And to remember him on his birthday, here is a compilation of some of the best moments of the 49-year old of his career at AC Milan.
Here is the video:
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Do you think they will make such defenders anymore with the current set of rules in the sport?
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