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Daniel Maldini
Personal information
Full name Daniel Maldini
Date of birth 11 October 2001 (2001-10-11) (age 19)
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.81 m
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club AC Milan
Number 98
Youth career
2010–2020 AC Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020– AC Milan 7 (0)
National team
2019 Italy U18 2 (0)
2019– Italy U19 2 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:34, 9 January 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2019

Daniel Maldini (born 11 October 2001) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Serie A club AC Milan.

Early life

Maldini was born in Milan, Italy, the second son of then AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini and Adriana Fossa, a model from Venezuela. His grandfather Cesare also captained Milan in the 1960s, making him the third generation to make appearances for the club. His elder brother Christian played for Milan's youth teams and went on to play professionally at a lower level.

Club career

Youth career

Daniel joined AC Milan's youth system in 2010, and over the following years he came through the various age-group teams, from the under-10 Pulcini to the under-19 Primavera. In the 2016–17 season, he was part of the squad that won the Under-16 National Championship (Campionato Nazionale Under-16), defeating Roma 5–2 in the final.

Senior career

Maldini made his senior debut with Milan in a 1–1 Serie A home draw against Hellas Verona on 2 February 2020, coming on as an added-time substitute for Samu Castillejo.

On 21 March 2020, it was confirmed that both Maldini and his father Paolo tested positive for COVID-19, amid its pandemic in Italy; by 8 April, they had recovered.

International career

Maldini won his first international cap for Italy at the under-18 level, in a 2–0 win against the Netherlands on 22 March 2019. Subsequently, he won two further caps for the under-19 side in the same year.

Style of play

Although in his very early days Maldini played as a defender like both his father Paolo and grandfather Cesare, he soon started to be employed in offensive roles. Today he mainly plays as a free roaming attacking midfielder, a position that suits his playmaking ability, dribbling skills, ball control, and vision.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AC Milan 2019–20 Serie A 2 0 0 0 2 0
2020–21 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
Career total 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11 0
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