AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has been given the Giacinto-Facchetti, il bello del calcio prize for his performance and his contribution to Italian soccer. The award, which is also known as the ‘beauty of football’, will be given in a ceremony next Monday.
“It gives me great joy to receive this award,” the former Italy international is quoted as saying in the Gazzetta dello Sport. “Our paths and careers were quite similar, not only at club level, but in the National side too. I loved Facchetti’s calm attitude.”
This is the third edition of the award. After being introduced in 2006, in the memory of an Italian footballer by the same name who died that year, it was first awarded to Paraguayan player Julio Gonzalez who kept on playing even after having his arm amputated after an accident. The second one was given to Iraq captain Younis Mahmoud for his team’s performance in Asia Cup last year.
Maldini is the most capped player for the Italian National team and also the most selected player in AC Milan. He has 29 goals to his name in almost 600 appearances for the club. This is the final season of his soccer playing career and has contributed in winning seven Italian titles.
More photos and a video of Paolo Maldini are below.
Paolo Maldini Video