On at the present time in 2002, Paolo Maldini performed his final World Cup match towards South Korea, setting the report for minutes performed after 23 appearances within the competitors.
The previous Italy worldwide graced the left facet in 4 totally different World Cups from 1990 to 2002, beginning off his observe report with Italia ’90, nearly two years after having made his debut for the nationwide facet.
The Azzurri defender, who stayed at Milan for his complete profession, appeared in all seven matches on house soil, when Italy finally misplaced on penalties to Argentina within the semi-finals and went on to beat England 2-1 to say the bronze medal.
4 years later, forward of the USA ’94 World Cup, the Rossoneri full-back was named vice-captain for Italy and but once more performed in all seven video games as Italy reached the Last and even needed to deputise for his injured membership icon and centre-back Franco Baresi as captain.
In 1994, Italy ended the competitors second after shedding on penalties towards Brazil within the Last, when Roberto Baggio memorably skied the ball over the bar within the shootout. When Baresi retired from his nationwide duties, Maldini was promoted to turn out to be the captain of the Azzurri.
The World Cup in 1998 led to a quarter-final defeat towards hosts France, as Italy had been crushed by the eventual winners for the third consecutive time, once more on penalties. Maldini performed all 5 video games once more.
In 2002, the match hosted by South Korea and Japan noticed Italy eradicated after a number of controversial refereeing selections.
Two years after having reached the Last within the European Championship, Maldini performed all 4 video games when Italy had been despatched out by a golden objective within the Spherical of 16 towards South Korea – his final World Cup recreation, setting a report of two,216 minutes, based on Opta over 4 competitions.
Maldini ended his Italy profession with 126 caps and 7 objectives, all coming at house, however by no means picked up a trophy throughout his time with the nationwide facet.
Paolo Maldini’s World Cup data:
Video games: 23
Clear sheets: 10
Playing cards (Y/R): 3/0
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