The Old Moment When Paulo Maldini Tells Gattuso To Shut Up, Show The Real Captain

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“The reason Gattuso is angry.”

1NEWS – Football is a team game, with each team having a captain who is the leader on the field.

Some captains may seem just a formality of the game, but not with this former football player, Paulo Maldini.

In his brilliant career with AC Milan, Maldini was trusted to be the captain of the team thanks to his firmness on the field and showing himself as a true captain.

So, do not be surprised if the Milan legend earned his status as the greatest football captain after being given the respect of Gennaro Gattuso. Maldini represented the Rossoneri for 25 years and captained the team for 13 years. He leads by setting a good example to his colleagues.

The Italian national team player always expects perfection from his team-mates on the pitch in terms of mentality. Among them are Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Gattuso, and other colleagues.

However, among his comrades played. Gattuso is the most difficult to contain, especially with his famous temperament that is easily emotional on the field. At that moment, Maldini as captain played a role to calm him down.

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That moment happened when AC Milan vs Juventus in 2005.

During a fierce match against Juventus, Pavel Nedved was brought down in the penalty box by Jaap Stam. Although Gattuso was not involved in the incident, he tried to encourage Nedved by informing the Ballon d’Or winner.

Instantly it made the Juventus players angry and caused a commotion. The emotion of the game ran high as Milan cruised to a 3-0 lead at half-time.

Maldini as a captain knew his team were in a good position and told Gattuso to shut up saying: “Shut up and calm down!”

Gattuso looked ready to spar again with his captain, who encouraged his team-mate before telling him: “Don’t spoil this for us,” concluded Maldini.

It is believed Maldini told Gattuso in Italian ‘Stai muto’. Which means not far from the word ‘Shut the f**k up’ in English. This expression was commonly used among soldiers and could only be used by someone of a higher rank.

Some fans have reacted to the footage and they think modern football needs more characters like Maldini.

One fan commented: “When Maldini speaks you are silent and you do what he says. Gattuso clearly understands that.”

While another said: “This is the only time I’ve ever seen Gattuso really scared. Maldini is a respected human being”

A third said: “I grew up in this era of football. So many legends in one clip.”

While someone simply stated: “Maldini is the king of all kings.”

After that fierce incident, Milan continued to maintain their lead and won 3-1, but Juventus managed to end the season top of the table in Serie A. However, the title of the season itself was later awarded to Inter Milan due to Juventus’ involvement in the match-fixing scandal.

(atmaja wijaya/yul)

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