MILAN – Joint-CEO Adriano Galliani has paid his respects to Milan great Cesare Maldini in an interview with the Milan Channel:

“I have an indelible memory of Cesare Maldini. I still remember when I went to Chiasso with friends to watch the 1963 European Cup final between Milan-Benfica. I was lucky to see him lift the first European Cup by an Italian side. He was a legendary figure, from a legendary family. I sent Paolo Maldini a text message this morning and he replied saying how much Cesare Maldini was close to the club. My response was that he was Milan. Cesare is the history of Milan. But also the history of the Italian national side. He won three European Championships with the U21s and was assistant coach to Bearzot.  He was a great player and captain. I have a lot of memories of him. He made history with this club. I remember when we finished the 2000/2001 season with him as coach and the derby. His son followed in his footsteps and the fact that both of them lifted the European Cup to the English skies is something wonderful and incredible. He will always live long in our hearts.”