Former AC Milan player Cesare Maldini has died at the age of 84. The football world, in general, has paid tribute to one of football greats on Tuesday morning. There were many former team-mates as well as club representatives that were present at the ceremony. Cesare Maldini has made more than 400 appearances for AC Milan and scored three goals during the period 1954 to 1963 and has won 4 League titles during that time.
He also won the European Cup in 1963. He was considered as being one of the best defenders of his generation. He also had a managerial career after his retirement as a player where he managed several clubs such as AC Milan, Foggia, Ternana, and Parma. His best accomplishment as a manager will be to win a Copa Italia and Cup Winners Cup double with AC Milan. He will also help Parma get their promotion to the Serie B.
On the international level, Cesare Maldini will manage the Italy senior team during the period 1996-1998. He will help the team qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. Despite having a host of talented players at his disposal, he will only make it to the quarter-finals where Italy will be eliminated by the host and future winners France. The former AC Milan defender will be criticized in Italy for his defensive tactics that led to the elimination.
He will also participate in the 2002 World Cup as a head coach for Paraguay with his team making it to the Round of 16. However, Paraguay will be beaten by Germany with a late goal. During the latter stage of his career, Cesare Maldini works as a scout for AC Milan and also as a pundit for several radios.