AC Milan legend reveals his admirations for Real Madrid

International Edition By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 19/05/2017

AC Milan legend reveals his admirations for Real Madrid

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has revealed he would have wanted to join Real Madrid had it ever been necessary for him to leave the San Siro where he played his entire career.

Maldini made over 900 appearances for Milan during a successful stint with the club that spanned 24 years before his retirement in 2009.

The Italian club retired the famous number 3 shirt upon Maldini’s decision to retire in 2009, the defender played as a left back, left wing back and finally a central defender winning seven Serie A titles and five European Cups during his illustrious career with Milan.

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The 2012 Italian Hall of Fame inductee has previously hinted that Real Madrid was interested in signing him but he decided to devote his career to AC Milan.

And now Maldini has admitted the La Liga giants would have been his first choice of destination had he been required to leave Milan.

Speaking to RMC Sports Maldini said: “If I’d had to play for another club, it would have been Real Madrid. It always seemed to me that Real was the club most like Milan.”

Maldini was also asked about AC Milan’s future and if the team can challenge for honours again, with the club not winning a league title since the 2010-2011 season.

He responded: “These days the more time passes the more difficult it is to rebuild something that is strong enough to win.

“I believe that now we are starting from a base with a few young players but it will take a lot of investment because they waited way too long before strengthening this team.

“Since there is no longer the Berlusconi family behind this club I am curious to see what the investments of the future will be.

It will take a huge investment to return to the level we have known and to reform the perfect club type that Milan was in the 90-2000 years.”