April 1st, 2008

Sizzle Query: Is Paolo Maldini Too Old?

LA Galaxy manager Ruud Gullit has recently gone on record stating that Paolo Maldini is geriatric, as is the style of the entire AC Milan squad.  Gullit used to play for Milan back in the 1800s, and now feels that the team is in need of an update.

“These days, Milan is an old team. It must change…  Paolo Maldini is now 40 years old and even too old for the United States.“

Granted, back in the days when Ruud was on the pitch with Milan, the team was in seriously top form, so he’s entitled to his opinion. However, we think he is talking out of his still-toned but annoying arse.  It does beg the question though: how old is too old?

We fear the day our beloved Becks is put out to pasture and hope his hotness will remain even after he hangs up his boots. After all, how much of the sizzle for our favourite players is because of what we see on the pitch? If Becks worked at the local petrol station, would we care? 

Wait, what was our point here?

image‘Old’ or not, Maldini is in good form as of late.  Such good form, we’re considering adding him to the Hot HOF.  And actually, we’re thinking age for some ballers is a positive – imagine how hot Nando will be once he grows some chest hair, or the sexification of little Pato when he reaches puberty. 

Anyhoo, do you agree with Ruud? Does Maldini need to install a fake hip and ride his electric wheelchair out of the players lounge for good? Most importantly, who are your favourite ballers hitting the ‘fine wine’ category?

Link: Maldini Not Even Good Enough For USA
Link: Galaxy Coach Gullit Slams Chelsea’s Style

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54 Responses to “Sizzle Query: Is Paolo Maldini Too Old?”

  1. IshYEAH. says:

    WOOHOO! x

  2. IshYEAH. says:

    WOOHOO! x

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  4. genny says:

    ciao maldini sono un grandissimo tifoso del milan.Il milan e tuto x me..io penso ke tu sia il migliore daltronde anke il mio migliore calciatore al mondo…mi piace come giochi…sei veramente unico e fantastico..ora ti saluto e se puoi e ti arriver

  5. paruresis says:

    old or not. he is hot!

  6. Signora Maldini says:

    I have found heaven O_O

  7. freddiegirl says:

    No he’s not too old…he’s hot.

  8. brandy says:

    He is STILL HOT! And I second a nomination to get him into the Hot HOF. As far as being a footy player, depending on your position, you do have to hang up your boots around mid-30s. A little longer if you have that leadership and presense X Factor that Maldini has smile

  9. bella says:

    Sigh. TammyV, we must talk (if you even remember that this thread exists). Or maybe kickette could cordon off a Worried About Becks section that we could go visit whenever we need to pour over our concerns.

    You are so right. Even if he’s not getting personalized bullets in the mail, and even if he is able to keep a positive outlook in other parts of his life (bless that boy), seeing him suffer with the Galaxy is excruciating. (Let’s not even go back to his last weeks in Madrid when there wasn’t a dry eye in Spain—or my house).

    Yes, he likes a challenge, but a lot of the challenges he’s “fought back from” are ones that he could use his own will and fitness to impact. Or if it was an all-team problem, at least the other players have had the potential to fight their way back from wherever with him. Well and good to never give up hope, but better if you have a bit more raw material to base you hopes on.

    Plus, at least in the past if things weren’t going well for the team, he’s had amazing players that he loved playing with, and there were many magical moments to be had (and for us to have been lucky enough to watch) even during a loss. He’s always said how much he hates losing (even during a kickaround) but he’s also always said that he’s happiest whenever he’s on the pitch. Now, losing and where can he be finding happiness out there?

    And the league on his shoulders and Alexi Lalas the most stunning example of an asshole that I’ve seen in many years.

    Sigh. Impossible is REALLY going to have to be nothing in this case. :(

  10. Johnna says:

    I’m also loving all the digs and stereotypes of Americans that I’m seeing. *sarcastic roll of eyes*

  11. Johnna says:

    Mmmmmm his age means he has a lot of experience. I would be willing for him to share it with me.

  12. Genevieve says:

    First of all, I don’t think any football-associated person who makes their living in the USA should be considering themselves as better than people from the Serie A/Italy in general (Becks excluded, Ruud manages in the US, where they can’t even grasp the fact that the sport in question is called ‘football’ and not ‘soccer’, whereas the gorgeous Mr Maldini is still playing brilliant football for one of the best teams in the world. So there, Gullit, and I bet your eyes aren’t as stunning as Paolo’s either.

    Paolo is still gorgeous,and he’s going to stay that way for a very long time, because that’s just naturally how he is. There is no age limit on hotness. Kickette – send him straight to the Hot HOF!

  13. Rusty says:

    TFO, I asked some Blue Rodeo fans if they’d be willing to record the Junos for me but I think it sounded like a joking enough question so the answer will be no.

  14. The Fourth Official says:

    Jim Cuddy is hot. <nods in approval>  Blue Rodeo is a great band.  They are performing on the Junos this weekend.

  15. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Is it just me or is Ronaldo losing it a little?? I have never been a fan, but could always recognise the hotness of his body, but those picture’s did nothing for me…

  16. HoneyBee says:

    Oh c9-thank you!You’re a reall pall.Yumm.
    tongue wink tongue rolleye
    Mrs.Xabi you’re a naughty woman who forgot her glasses and should be spanked(by Mr.Xabi).Look again.

  17. Tres Bien says:

    I have always been on the Paolo Maldini bandwagon!  I think I suggested him for the HOF way back when and I know he’ll always be up there for me.

    Reports are saying he’s close to signing a new one year contract.  If Milan make the Champions League, I say he’s in for one more.  If it’s UEFA or anything else, I say he’s (sadly) done.

  18. kaya says:

    I’m usually a distant admirer of the italian male-stock… the D&G;calendar is chock full of beautiful photos, but for me, italian men too often step over that line that goes from “hot” to “femme”.
    But Paolo… (pauses for breath)
    He doesn’t look like touching old. Comparing him to Mourinho is total comedy. Paolo Maldini is untouchably hot. Sigh.
    I don’t care what division he has to play in, I want him to play until he’s 60, ffs. Admittedly, 40 is getting up there for a defender, but the back line has a much longer shelf like than strikers or AMF’s, and GK’s often play in their early 40s. Key defenders and GK’s are usually older, in fact: they’re positions where tactical play style becomes more important than fast-twitch muscle-fiber action (as good as that sounds).
    It’s too bad that Ancelotti didn’t forsee his team of “classic” players being a bit too long-in-the-tooth for an entire season, but Ruud Gullit talking trash on them?! Ha!
    I was really excited to have him come to the MLS, but so far have been left scratching my head.

  19. carly says:

    Too old for what?
    Those teenage-wannabes don’t a stand a chance next to Maldini and his fellow older guys <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" /> NO chance.

  20. tammyv says:

    Umm… Ruud baby, why don’t you get your sh*t team together? and back the hell off Maldini, after all he is still good enough to single-handledly rip your team to shreads. 

    That 4-0 ass-whippin your boys suffered to Colorado was “humiliating.“  Becks looked ready to jump off the nearest bridge..might want to keep him on sucicide watch

  21. Becca x says:

    Im Only 14 So Hes Too Old.. And Even If He Wasnt That Old, I Wouldnt Like Him. Its The Long Hair. Its Not Doing It For Me. But His Teeth Are Well Straight!! Lol

  22. Rusty says:

    TFO, Barenaked Ladies are my favorite band (in fact, I think I recognize another fan of theirs on this board) and Blue Rodeo and Great Big Sea are up there as well.

    Now I’ll mention names – I have a crush on (the 52-year-old) Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo, one great solo album and one **** solo album IMHO). Love him. Picture of us together on the wall above my bed.

    Paolo Maldini too old? Pah.

  23. Cesc's lil bird says:

    I love Paolo, i do. But he’s retiring at the end of this season anyway and i’ve accepted that. Sometimes you don’t do it for your age or fitness, you do it for other reasons.

  24. Elise says:

    Sheringham will be 42 when he retires.  I was curious to know who was the oldest player to play in the premier league, so I looked it up.  Goalkeeper JOhn Burridge was 43 in his last game for Manchester City in 1995.  Other than Sheringham, the oldest midfield player was none other than Gordon Strachan who retired at 40 (though I’m not sure it was a premier league club he retired from).  I’m pretty sure David James will break Burridge’s record.  If he renews his contract now that should take him past 40 and the guy seems perfectly fit to me and full of desire to play, so I don’t see any reason he wouldn’t continue.

  25. Nic says:

    PS- TFO, you crack me up. I love your posts- exactly what I’m thinking usually. I think are minds are melded together! lol

  26. Elise says:

    No, Maldini is not too old (and I hear you TFO- look at that body!).  Any player who is fit and has the desire to play should be able to do so regardless of age.
    As for my favourite older players-
    Claude Makalele, age 35, at Chelsea and Tugay, age 37 (38 in August) at Blackburn.  I don’t even want to think about Maka retiring.  Makes me weepy.  And I just love Tugay, even during my biggest times of hating Blackburn, I still loved Tugay.  His contract is up this year I think and he wants to keep playing.  Mark Hughes, do the right thing.  There are several goalkeepers who are older, but I’m more impressed by the midfielders who are still playing well past 30.

  27. The Fourth Official says:

    Mrs. X, I believe that Pato has already hit puberty, in fact, he is pummelling the crap out of it. 


    There went my whole “deflower Pato” fantasy.

    Some players know when to quit, some don’t.  It must be a very difficult decision – though, usually it is taken out of their hands by injury or the club powers-that-be.  Teddy Sheringham is hanging up his boots this summer at around 40.  David James is what, 38ish?  I think a lot depends on how well the player’s body has held up to the physical toil.  And whether he is starting to lose a step (like my beloved Giggsy, who is just not as quick as he used to be.)  However, a player with loads of experience and guile (Giggsy again) can still be important to the team.

  28. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    LOL Cesc Lil Bird!! I’m actually having to work!! Grrr!

    OK Maldini is hot for an older gentleman. And he is rocking that six pack a lot better than some fellows half his age!! Overall I would do him, with a large smile too wink

    Becks has deffo got better with age, I was never a fan of the blondie curtains! Now I think we all know he is A GOD!!

    I don’t know many aging baller’s that I fancy. But skill and ability wise, they should keep playing until they no longer can. Hyypia is 36 I think and he is still going strong for his age, just not as strong as he was 10 years ago, so he can only play half as many games. Well thats in theory, he has actually played most of the games this season.

    So I say let them keep going till they no longer can. Oh and I cannot wait for Pato to hit puberty. I am seriously crushing on him and think he is only gonna get better with age!!

  29. Nic says:

    Omg. I’m in love with Paolo. Have been for years. He really is like a fine wine. And quite frankly, when it comes to him on the pitch, I see him performing much better than some others who are younger than him (I won’t name names unless asked tongue wink) Perhaps Gullit is just a wee-bit jealous??

  30. The Fourth Official says:

    Rusty, now you have me thinking.  Barenaked Ladies? The Guess Who? Bachman Turner Overdrive? Blue Rodeo? Great Big Sea? Cowboy Junkies?  Crash Test Dummies? Tragically Hip? Nickelback? I’m running out of successful Canadian bands . . .

  31. Zarih says:

    Zidane amazing at 40? Haha, the guy is only 35 though I agree that he might look older than he actually is. Was sad to see him retire so early but he didn’t enjoy himself anymore so fair play to him.
    I guess everyone has to decide for themselves when it is time to retire and as Maldini is still playing consistent at such a high level why stop him? My guess is that he plays until his son steps into his foot steps and makes his debut for Milan’s first team, he is the only one allowed to ever wear Milan’s number three shirt again anyway. And the little lad certainly has talent, saw a video of him playing once.

  32. The Fourth Official says:

    Cesc’s lil bird, I’m sitting in an airport, hoping my flight won’t be cancelled.  And no, absolutely not, Maldini is not too old for what I’d plan to do with him.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue wink" style="border:0;" />

  33. Neryss says:

    Umm well he kinda is on the otherside of the football hill but…just look at him. Still very very hot.

  34. Blair says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I know that if I EVER get married and my husband-of-the-future looks like Maldini does as 40 I will be praising the football gods, not telling him to stop playing footie.

  35. tina says:

    NO, not old, he looks better than Pato thats for sure, Pato looks like he is 12,

    Paolo, i have been a fan of him for years, so you should add him to the HOF, it’d be a

    ughh, add him!! he’s not even 40 YET!!

  36. Nic says:

    OMG OMG OMG C9!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you posted those for HoneyBee—- but Philippe!!!!!!!! Those pictures were perfect for me too! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I’m drooling everywhere right now and my roommate just asked if everything was ok because I definitely just squealed! I’m seriously bouncing around. Thank you thank you again!

  37. FootballerChick43 says:

    Well, 40 is old for a footballer, I said this like yesterday. But too old.. look at Zidane. He was amazing at 40 [until his famous headbutt during the World Cup, but I won’t get into that].

    I say to play on until your body makes you quit, if its really what you want to do. Part of being a good footballer is having passion for the game.

    Play on.

    And on Becks.. I think he’s gotten hotter as he’s aged. Thats just me, though.

  38. Cesc's lil bird says:

    The most random thought occurred to me: I widh he was my dad. He’s old enough to be and he seems like the kibda guy who would be cool dad.

    The Milanello is possibly the best training centre and they keep all the Milan guys in top physical form. If they weren’t able to play, they wouldn’t be playing so it depends on the physical fitness of that given person. Paolo though isn’t too old but it’s good that he’s retiring at the end of the season. It gives the new players a chance to come through and he’s done all he can for Milan.

  39. Amelie says:

    wow look at those eyes! mmmmmm…. Yes he’s very nice indeed. terrible tatoo though.Right, what was the question…how old is too old? Well I still fancy Alan Hansen for starters.

    I didn’t know Ruud was manager of LA Galaxy…how random. no wonder he’s coming out with such bitter comments. in terms of how old is too old to PLAY – it all depends on your fitness. and position i guess… strikers and wingers will burn out/be too slow alot quicker than defenders and keepers..

  40. Cesc's lil bird says:

    Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever been the first to comment…

    MXA or TFO are always here. Where are you guys?! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" />

  41. Cesc's lil bird says:

    Lolz at Pato reaching puberty… Well I’m younger than he is so I don’t why I’m laughing when clearly us young folk are like being made fun of. Anyway, Paolo is that classic old-guy kinda hot like say, maybe, Mourinho? He’s sexy and will always be. As for Milan’s playing style, it’s very ancient and some serious updating needs to be done. What surprises is that as much influence Kaka has on the team with his skill and being Brazilian, I would expect him to do a lil Samba-like dance up and down the field when in fact he just settled into Milan’s old style of play.

  42. Rusty says:

    Paolo Maldini? Can I? Now? He is beautiful! It’s definitely his eyes.

    And I have a crush on a 52-year-old musician who TFO and the other Canadians might have heard of, but I won’t mention names here. (He’s in a hugely successful band and has a solo career as well.) don’t know what he looks like anymore, because his band didn’t come here on their last stateside tour.

    keyword: not59. Paolo is not 59.

  43. Shell says:

    Maldini- too old?? For what exactly…i’m thinkin he looks amazing, fit + in better shape than many ballers younger than him…I so, so definitely WOULD, I mean those eyes… make me wanna…well, you know! I’m thinkin his age = plenty of experience + no doubt makes him perform better (ahem!),eh no, i don’t mean on the pitch…I nominated him way-back for the Hot H.O.F. -time to get your shit together + add him to that list dear Kickette! So- Maldini- yes, please + thank you, definitely not too old…

    my word is gone72- LOL, thankfully he’s not gone yet!

  44. HoneyBee says:

    Nice to be back girls.I’ve been away for couple of weeks(exams).Yuck.But now I am back,and able to dedicate my attention to far more important things- hot ballers.
    I’m lot younger than Paolo but he is so sexy and my mother has had a crush on him for years(yes dad knows about it).I watched Roma-Manchester United(Ronaldo scored and took off his shirt).Well done.
    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue wink" style="border:0;" />
    If anyone has that picture of him please post.

  45. tammyv says:

    oh Bella… I have watched him walk about of Galaxy games that he was not playing when they went down and he is miserable with his team.  He hates the fact that they are without question, the worst team in the MLS.  It would be the equalvant of him joining Derby.

  46. michelle TN says:

    WHAT?!  you can be too old for the manager of the LA Galaxy?  Please, have you seen an MLS game?  I always dreamed that the MLS would be a happy retirement place for brilliant worldwide players of days past . . . I’m looking at you FIGO! I KNOW I KNOW, I’m delusional but in North America, dreams are all I have.

  47. Victoria says:

    Hahaha! I’m the exact same age as Pato, but I still laughed out loud at the “Pato” and “puberty” bit.

    I like the way Maldini just radiates with class.

    I yet to form a new opinion on just how old a player should be, so I can’t really help with an opinion. I actually thought 40 was the hard-lined boundary, but I’ve definitely changed my mind.

  48. Sarah x says:

    This Is Too Old,
    In My Opinion <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

  49. Bella says:

    p.s. tammyv, I did worry for a minute or two about the depth to which Becks’ spirits may have plunged after sat night, then I remembered that he probably wouldn’t be getting death threats or be hung in effigy by crazed Galaxy fans the next morning and realized that this might not be the bleakest moment he’s weathered (I know, its a long season yet but we can’t lose ALL hope…). PLUS, did you see the pics of him at the Lakers game the next night? Full wattage smile back in action (PICS OF WHICH KICKETTE IS OBVIOUSLY KEEPING TACKED ON THE WALL FOR HER PRIVATE USE AND REFUSING TO SHARE WITH HER LOYAL READERS!!!)

  50. Bella says:

    Of course put him in the HOF! Paolo is perfect. Really perfect. On the pitch: I don’t believe in age, he should play on as long as he’s having fun and the fans and his coach and teammates are having fun, and his opposition is not having fun.

    Pitch, gas station, we love the footy and that Real Madrid kit made us faint and dizzy, but Becks’ heart and soul + face and bod equation adds up to charisma that will keep going. Wait, I should add the smile and the gleam in his eye—think Paul Newman age anything, they never lose it.

  51. c9 says:

    Paolo is absolutely beautiful! Must be phenomenal to look like that at 40, must give props to TFO, you are gorgeous girl <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

    Play on, play to your hearts content, play until every ounce of footie passion has left you, play until you cry, just play is what I say! I hope that our most beloved footballers keep going until they’re beautiful bodies just won’t let them <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/kiss.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="kiss" style="border:0;" />

  52. goalkeeperette says:

    Maldini’s still hot, but just not my type. Does that make sense? Whatever.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/hmm.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="hmmm" style="border:0;" />

    And I don’t think 40 and beyond is too old for ANYONE to be still smokin, i.e. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, my neighbour…  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" />
    My personal favourite in the grey haired (or no haired) gentlemen’s departement is 38 years old Jens Lehmann (despite baby booze and papparazzi bashing) I just love him.

    Talking about the retirement age thing: as long as you can trust your body and are spared serious injuries and can make your contribution to the team, why not? Cameroon’s striker Roger Milla scored his last WC goal at the age of 42.

  53. kaya says:

    Oh, and about Pato… no. Please and thank you.
    He’s already odd-looking now and age will just make that beak of his even more weird and pronounced.