Bilbao (Spain), May 1 (IANS) AC Milan and Italian football legend Paolo Maldini received the One Club Man Award on Sunday, presented by Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, to players who spent their entire careers in one club.
Maldini received his award at the San Mames stadium during the 15-minute break of La Liga match between hosts Bilbao and Celta Vigo in a round 36 La Liga match, reports Efe.
After showing a video including the best moments of his career, Maldini went out onto the pitch along with Bilbao’s retired legend Jose Angel Iribar and a child wearing the kit of the Basque team.
Before more than 40,000 spectators, Iribar and the child delivered the award to Maldini.
Paolo Maldini played 973 games with AC Milan in 24 seasons, and helped his team to win five Champions League trophies and seven Serie A titles.
Last year, Athletic Bilbao presented the award to Englishman Matthew Le Tissier, who spent his career at Southampton.