One man who was particularly instrumental to Milan’s first Scudetto in a decade was Paolo Maldini, whose transfer market prowess added a number of core players to the squad.
The former defender retired in 2009 and spent nine years away from the Rossoneri before finally returning in 2018 as the Director of Development. After a single year in the role, he was named Technical Director, being a key decision maker in the club’s transfer market policy.
Maldini’s work has seen a number of top players added to the squad, with one of the biggest highlights being Theo Hernandez; signed from Real Madrid for €21.5m in July 2019, it was later revealed that the Milan director travelled to Ibiza to talk to the Frenchman in person in an attempt to convince him of the move, a decision that definitely paid off.
The following season saw Maldini pull off even more incredible business, signing Pierre Kalulu for €1.19m from Olympique Lyon, securing the much-appreciated Sandro Tonali and adding Fikayo Tomori to the squad on a loan deal with a €28.8m buy option attached from Chelsea.
Maldini’s work wasn’t only impressive on the incoming front; he expertly handled the Gianluigi Donnarumma situation, not allowing the club to be bullied and quickly adding the perfect replacement in Mike Maignan.
The Milan director has been praised by the squad for his contributions to their work as well, with many discussing conversations they’ve had with the Rossoneri legend or advice that he’s given them.
Milan fans can finally celebrate their first Scudetto since the 2010-11 season and Maldini was a crucial part in making that happen.