Daniel Maldini makes Serie A history | Football news

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Daniel Maldini said it was moving to score his first goal against AC Milan in his first start for the Italian club in a 2-1 win over Spezia on Saturday, following in the footsteps of his father Paolo and his grandfather Cesare.

Italian media said it was the first time three generations of the same family have debuted in Serie A, with Paolo Maldini’s last goal in 2008 and Cesare in 1961.

The 19-year-old was named in Stefano Pioli’s starting lineup and opened the scoring after 48 minutes with a powerful header to send Milan on the path to a victory that propelled them to the top of the table.

“It was a very strong emotion,” Maldini told DAZN.

“Today I was pretty emotional, but calm. Fortunately, we took all three points at home, although it was difficult.

“The coach told me yesterday that I was going to play, but I was relaxed. It is difficult to find spaces on the pitch, to move and to create chances. But in the second half, a little more ‘space has opened up. “

Paolo and Cesare were both defenders and enjoyed extremely successful playing careers with Milan.

Cesare joined Milan from Triestina in 1954 and became the club’s captain, winning Serie A four times and the European Cup in 1963, before later returning as manager and leading Milan to Coppa Italia. and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1973.

Paolo, widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time, has spent his entire career with the Rossoneri and was the club’s captain during a brilliant period of success, winning seven Serie A titles and five trophies. of the European Cup / Champions League, among other honors.

Now working as Technical Director for Milan, he was in the stands at Stadio Alberto Picco to celebrate his son’s milestone.

“Dad is demanding, but he gives me advice and helps me,” said Daniel Maldini.

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