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Daniel Maldini Becomes The Third Generation Of Maldini To Play For AC Milan

Daniel Maldini Becomes The Third Generation Of Maldini To Play For AC Milan

Daniel Maldini made his AC Milan debut this week in a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

The 17-year-old, who played an hour before being replaced by Patrick Cutrone, became the third generation of Maldini to pull on the famous red and white, 34 years after Paolo made his professional bow.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Unlike his father and grandfather, who were both defenders, Daniel is an attacking midfielder who likes to stretch a defence with his pace, trickery and flair.

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Wearing the number 98 shirt, he looks tidy in possession during Tuesday's game against the German champions.

Here's a highlight reel of his first senior performance under Marco Giampaolo.

Paolo Maldini's son made headlines in February when he found the net in a 2-0 win for AC Milan Primavera while the Rossoneri legend proudly watching on.

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Wearing the number 10 shirt this time, Daniel produced an emphatic finish after being picked out brilliantly.

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The cameras soon panned to his dad in the stands.

Paulo, now working as a director at his beloved Milan, tried to play it cool and couldn't decide whether to place his hands in his pockets or fold his arms.

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But you got a sense of what it meant to him.

Daniel will have to really make a name for himself if he wants to live up to the Maldini name.

His father was voted the best defender of all time in a poll on SPORTbible, winning by a landslide after taking home more than 60 per cent of the vote.

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Thoughts on Daniel Maldini's performance against Bayern this week?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Paolo Maldini, Football, friendly, Legends, AC Milan, Defender, Bayern Munich

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.