|Paolo Maldini’s Number 3 jersey will be retired with him, but only until another member of the family plays for Milan.
It is customary in Italy to ‘retire’ the shirt when a legendary player hangs up his boots and, like Franco Baresi before him, Maldini will see the Number 3 put into storage when he decides to quit.
“There is a novelty here though,” pointed out Vice-President Adriano Galliani. “The shirt will be reserved until his son Cristian or any other children of Paolo’s manage to play in Serie A with Milan.”
This is not just an amusing bet, for Cristian is already a starlet in the Rossoneri’s youth system at the age of nine.
He would become the third generation of the Maldini family to play for the club after Cesare won the Champions League in 1963 and son Paolo lifted the same trophy most recently this week.
“The shirt is retired temporarily,” added Galliani. “This is a family story and that jersey belongs only to the Maldinis.”
There is a family atmosphere at Milan at the moment, as this morning Clarence Seedorf’s partner Luviana gave birth to a baby boy. Little Denzel Seedorf weighs 3.2kg and is 49cm long.