Superstars Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti are among the legendary Brazilian and Italian players who have been visiting Seoul ahead of the Legends All-Star Game.
According to soccer insiders, Maldini and Totti will be in the country this week (Aug. 18-25) to promote the All-Star Game. The two players will meet with fans through press conferences, fan meetings, and other media activities.
Both have a special connection to South Korea. They met in Daejeon 21 years ago. Both started for Italy in the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup Korea-Japan, one of the greatest matches in Korean soccer history. The Italians were the victims of an upset as South Korea won 2-1 with a golden goal in extra time. The two players, who were particularly talked about at the time, had the opportunity to connect with Korean fans 21 years later.
Maldini is considered one of the greatest defenders in the history of soccer beyond Italy. He scored seven goals in 126 games for the Italian national team and 33 goals in 902 games for AC Milan, the only club he played for his entire career. In the world of club soccer, few players have been honored more than Maldini. His five UEFA Champions League (UCL) finishes are second on the all-time list. He won the Italian Serie A title seven times. He was part of the Milan team of the late 1980s, one of the most influential teams in soccer history.
Totti was one of Serie A’s best playmakers in the 1990s and 2000s. He only played for one team, AS Roma, and won only five trophies in club soccer, including cups. However, he did help his country win the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where he was the top assistant. In the late 1990s, he formed a rivalry with Zinedine Zidane at Juventus. In the 2006-2007 season, when he was moved forward as a striker, he was decisive in winning the European Golden Shoe as the All-European top scorer and was the catalyst for the tactical popularization of the ‘false nine’. 스포츠토토
Maldini and Totti, who remain the greatest legends of Milan and Roma respectively, are two of the most famous “one-club men” in world soccer history. They share the record for most Serie A seasons played (25).
The Legends All-Star Game, hosted by Laxing City Group, will take place on October 21 at the Goyang Sports Complex. Brazil’s Ronaldinho and Julio Cesar, and Italy’s Gianluca Cambrotta, Fabio Cannavaro, and Marco Materazzi, who are scheduled to play in the game, have traveled to Korea for promotion. The official said, “The composition of the players who will participate in the Legends All-Star Game is complete.”