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27th Jun 2015

Paolo Maldini – 47 years of sexy football…

Tom Victor

Paolo Maldini, football’s most attractive man (sorry Olivier), turns 47 today.

While contenders have come and gone, Paolo has stood firm, as has his awe-inspiring head of hair.

Now, with help from the excellent Old School Panini and Vintage Footy, we can take a look at how the cocky teenager became the idolised one-club man.

Maldini was just 17 when he was given the number three shirt at Milan in the 1985/86 season, playing alongside the likes of Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta.

He broke into the Italian first team in 1988, before representing his country on home soil two years later in his first World Cup.

It took until the mid-90s for Maldini’s recognisable mane to assert itself

He played his last game for the Azzurri back in 2002, but carried on at the top for years after that.

Those piercing eyes have seen everything there is to see, or at least that’s what he thought – this photo was taken before the 2005 Champions League final, when his early goal was not enough to see off Liverpool.

Previews to the UEFA Champions League Final

His career came to an end in 2009 after a remarkable 24 seasons at Milan, and it was an emotional moment for the 40-year-old.

AC Milan v AS Roma - Serie A

Maldini finished with seven Serie A titles, five European Cup winner’s medals, five European Super Cups, five Italian Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, a Club World Cup, a Coppa Italia and, most importantly, a place in all our hearts.