Former Italian defender and legendary manager Cesare Maldini pass away at the age of 84. He was a true blue Rossoneri star who served the national team as well AC Milan as a player and a manager.
Father of another legendary footballer Paolo Maldini, Cesare played for AC Milan from 1954 to 1966, during which he won 4 Serie A titles and was also a part of Milan’s first ever European cup triumph.
After his retirement, he continued his association with AC Milan. He had initially joined the club as an assistant manager but later took over as the manager. During his stint as a Milan manager from 1972 to 1974, senior Maldini won the European cup winners’ cup and one Copa Italia.
Cesare Maldini later joined the Italian national team as the assistant manager in 1980 and continued until 1986. He served as the manager of the senior side from 1996 to 1998. His final managerial tenure was with the Paraguayan national side in 2001. Under him, the South American side qualified for the 2002 World Cup.
In his final few years, he worked as a football pundit and a sports analyst for beIN Sports and Al Jazeera.
Cesare’s son Paolo Maldini is one of the most prominent names in world football who is also considered to be one of greatest defenders ever. Like father, Paolo served AC Milan for than two decades and also earned the highest number of caps of Italian national team before being overtaken by Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.