Incredibly rare Paolo Maldini match worn football boots from the Champions League Final 2007
AC Milan won the 2007 Champions league after beating Liverpool 2-1 at the Main Olympic Stadium, Marousi, in Greece on the 23rd of May 2007
Maldini Captained the AC Milan team who secured their 7th Champions League trophy
The 2007 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, Europe’s primary club football competition. The showpiece event was contested between Liverpool of England and Milan of Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, on 23 May 2007. Liverpool, who had won the competition five times, were appearing in their seventh final. Milan, who had won the competition six times, were appearing in their eleventh final.
Both teams had to pass through five rounds before they reached the final. They both entered in the third qualifying round and won their respective groups before they reached the knockout stage, where matches were contested over two legs, with a match at each team’s home ground. Milan’s victories varied from close affairs to comfortable victories. They defeated Celtic by a single goal over two legs, while they beat Manchester United 5–3 on aggregate in the semi-final. Liverpool’s matches were mainly all close affairs; they beat defending champions Barcelona on the away goals rule in the first knockout round and beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout in the semi-finals, although they did record a 4–0 aggregate win over PSV in the quarter-finals.
Milan took the lead when Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick deflected off Filippo Inzaghi in the first half. Milan extended their lead in the second half when Inzaghi scored a second goal. Liverpool scored a late goal through Dirk Kuyt, but were unable to equalise before the end of the match. Milan won the match 2–1 to win their seventh Champions League.
Boots have been personalised on the front with Maldini’s name and number
Boots specially custom made for Maldini by Nike for match use and to his exact size
Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from A.C Milan to confirm the boots are match worn and from the Champions League final 2007
Incredibly rare and amazing boots from the Champions League final and from the greatest ever player in A.C Milan’s history
Marcel Desailly –
“A real monster… I find it incredible he has never been World or European Footballer of the Year. Alongside Franco Baresi he was the best defender I’ve ever seen in my career.
“Although everybody tends to think of him just as a full-back, he could also play as a stopper.
“Most people remember that great Milan side of the late-80s for its attacking play and for the forward pair of Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, but it was a team built on a very solid defence, and Maldini was the cornerstone.”
Brian Laudrup –
“He simply never has a bad match. Very difficult to play against, a sublime passer and he’s scored a lot of goals too. Has an incredible physique and is the ultimate role-model. He’ll go down in the history books as perhaps the best left-back ever.”
Ruud Gullit –
“Position for position one of the greatest players ever. But unlike certain other great full-backs, he wasn’t world class when just defending or just attacking – he could do both better than most and is an excellent centre-back too.”
Ronald Koeman –
“There’s never been a better left-back in the game’s history. Two-footed, and at his peak, brilliant going forward.
“The night Milan annihilated Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League Final, he played centre-half, as Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta were both suspended, and looked like he’d played there all his life.”
Andrea Pirlo –
“Paolo Maldini is the best. A defender. A peerless defender. The best defender going. Both physically and mentally, he had everything, and the enjoyment he got from playing was as obvious at 40 years of age as it had been the day I first walked through the door at Milan.”
“He was one of the best defenders in Champions League history, but what was so impressive about him is that when he was on the ball he didn’t look like a defender but like an elegant midfield player.”
Francesco Totti –
“I haven’t seen a more determined, loyal player than him. The best captain the Azzurri have ever had.”
Steven Gerrard –
“He is the definition of how a captain should be.”