Paolo Maldini insists he has no intention of retiring with this triumph. "I want to play the Intercontinental Cup and try to win the Champions League again."
The captain walked up the stairs to recieve the trophy from Michel Platini’s hands in his eighth Final. "It is my fifth victory, but it is always beautiful. I am lucky to play in a great side that enables me to make up for disappointments," said the defender.
This 2-1 win over Liverpool was revenge for the loss on penalties in Istanbul two years ago. "It has to be said that any disappointments have been far outnumbered by the wonderful pleasures the club has given me."
Many thought that a win in Athens would seal the end of Maldini’s glittering career, but he is more than happy to carry on. "It would be a good way to end it, but I want to play the Intercontinental Cup in December, have another season and try to win the Champions League again."
There were fears that Liverpool would stage another comeback after Dirk Kuyt’s late header, but Pippo Inzaghi’s brace proved decisive. "We were a little worried, but it was offside anyway!" laughed Maldini.
Source: C4 Football Italia