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Maldini: “A good footballer is not automatically a good director”
By Anthony Torgrude -

Paolo Maldini is at a pivotal point in his new Milan career. With Leonardo recently resigning and Gazidis publicly stating he wants Maldini to take over, he now has a lot of thinking to do. The legend sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone.

The hot topic was how the season ended. “Well, let’s say that these nine years off made me pay for them all (laughs). I’ve had only two jobs in my life. First as a  footballer and now as a director. I have to say that I found this experience very challenging, definitely more than as a player. When I played, after training I had time to be with my family. As a director I can never disconnect and the phone rings at any time. “

On footballer tension in playing finals: “Of course, but that’s natural for those who are born footballers like me. Life as a director is much more stressful, because this is working with relationships, that in itself involves a certain effort, whereas before I had only to think about playing football.”

On the job as a director: “Well, let’s say that being in the office has never been my life’s goal. Returning to Milanello and participating with the team, on the other hand, was very nice.”

On the fans: “I believe that what one has done on the pitch always remains, especially in a place where there is a strong sense of belonging like Milan. And this has helped me. But the fans expect to return to the glories of once upon a time, it is demanding and a good footballer is not automatically a good director.”

On San Siro: “San Siro is perfect for those who play there. For the viewers at home, a better experience would be needed, but this can only happen when you own the stadium yourself.”

 
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