You’re a captain, you have to lead your team. When your team-mates look you in the eye, they must believe in you. You are a defender, never give your tactics away. Be invisible and dangerous, don’t give up any ground to your opponent. Gauge your movements to the very last millimetre. Football is a game of centimetres with a very small margin of error. Pass just a fraction too early or too late and it’s a foul. A second too quick or too slow and you’ve missed the ball.But you’re surrounded by the centimetres you need to win, they’re every minute and every second of the game. You have to fight for every centimetre, you have to run yourself into the ground for that centimetre. You have to fight tooth and nail for that centimetre.
Because when You add up all those centimetres, what you get is the difference between victory and defeat.
It’s been a long time since I really want to write about him. No more words of praise could describe him, you can googled him, and find a what he already made along 20 years of his career, with only one club, Il Rossoneri. Above paragraph was taken from this video, one of the best video that I’ve ever seen on youtube about him. An inspiring narration about true legend, true captain of one of the greatest football club in the world
On your feft is an image I found on internet, showing his son, Christian, with his father Maldini. True Milan blood, running in his family. From Christian’s grand-father, Cesare, to his father, Paolo, and now him. True Milan blood, that lead him to one-club-career. And he’s the legend. He carries the burden, without ever disappointing everyone that gave him the responsibility. In fact as a human, I believe he carried the burden and big sadness when he lost against Liverpool in Istanbul, 2005. And also, together with his tutor Franco Baresi, when they lost against Brazil in Los Angeles, 1994 FIFA Final World Cup.
And now, he’s fighting his age to spend another year with AC Milan. But, does he ever loose his spirit to give the best for his team-mates and his clubs? I doubt that he ever loose it. That’s why I felt, the narration from the video is really describing this legendary defender. “You have to fight for every centimetre, you have to run yourself into the ground for that centimetre. You have to fight tooth and nail for that centimetre.” Bravo captain.
It’s not only his gifted skill as defender which will remain his name in history of football. It’s his loyalty to AC Milan. How many of footballers could stay in one club for 20 years of his careers, and most of his years was full with trophies, awards, and pride. Not much I guess, only Baresi, his senior could compare him. The loyalty that’s not most of people have, when they are tempted with money and fame in bigger clubs.
Continuing my previous writing about totality, Paolo Maldini is one of the living example, how totality and loyalty combine together. That’s what make you a TRUE legend. I’m not saying, that you have to be loyal to your company/organization, but, giving the best at every single responsibility that you get, be loyal at the time you perform your best action, and keeping it’s constant throughout the time that you get your scene. Your action is a game of centimetres, with small margin of error. When you add up all those centimetres, what you get is the difference between victory and defeat.
Just do our best. And that’s it.