17-year-old midfielder Daniel Maldini was born in 2001 as the second son of the legendary AC Milan Paolo Maldini. He kicked in the 0-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the ICC 2019.
Daniel was placed as an attacking midfielder by coach Marco Giampaolo, behind two strikers Samuel Castillejo and Krzysztof Piatek. He played 58 minutes and left the field, giving room to Patrick Cutrone.
Daniel’s brother – Christian Maldini – is also a player and is a defender of Fano, playing in Serie C. Growing up from the Milan academy, Christian has never played for the club’s first team.
In 22 caps for Milan Primavera, Daniel scored 9 goals. He is judged to have a brighter future than Christian. However, Daniel will have to overcome great pressure if he wants to become a legend like his father and grandfather.
Cesare Maldini – Daniel ‘s grandfather – also an Italian football legend. However, unlike his grandfather, his father and his brother, Daniel did not play as a defender but in the position of the midfielder or fled. The 17-year-old is an outstanding young talent, who was called up to the Italian U18 team earlier this year.
Cesare, Milan’s captain, had 412 caps for the club, won four Serie A titles and won the European Cup in 1962. He also twice coached Milan, leading the team. The ball won the Italian National Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup between 1972 and 1974.
Paolo was even more successful, with 901 matches for Milan. He won the Serie A seven times, won the National Cup and Italian Super Cup five times. This legendary defender five times won the Champions League with Milan.
If Daniel continues to confirm his capacity and plays more often for the San Siro football team in the near future, he will be the 3rd successor of the Maldini family at the AC Milan football club, continuing the heroic tradition of Grandpa Cesare Maldini and his father Paolo Maldini, whose names and careers are associated with the long history of the famous black-and-red striped shirt of Milan.