Daniel Maldini struggled to describe the feeling of scoring his first goal for Milan as he revealed the “demanding” but positive relationship he has with his father Paolo.
The youngster started his first Serie A game on Saturday against Spezia, 12 years and 117 days after his father, a legendary figure at San Siro, last appeared in a league game for the Rossoneri, and opened the scoring with a second-half header.
Brahim Diaz’s late goal cancelled out Daniele Verdi’s deflected equaliser to move Milan to 16 points from their first six games, just the third time they have achieved the feat in the three points for a win era.
However, much of the post-match focus was on Maldini, who became the third generation of his family to score for the club, 13 years and 179 days after Paolo’s last league goal and 60 years and 22 days since his grandfather Cesare’s final strike.
Paolo, who is also a director at Milan, was shown celebrating in the crowd by television cameras after his son’s opener and the 19-year-old assured the pair share a good relationship.
“Dad is very demanding, he gives me advice and helps me,” Maldini said before discussing the emotions that followed his 48th-minute finish.
“Those were good times,” he continued. “I was excited even though I was calm. The teammates help me a lot and the coach too. We took home the three points and this is important.”
The Boss and Daniel’s post-match reactions after our win against Spezia
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Milan temporarily top Serie A, thanks in part to Maldini’s strike and the fact Napoli play on Sunday, as they prepare to visit Atalanta next weekend.
Maldini will be hoping to star once more if he gets the nod from Stefano Pioli as he admitted he never imagined his first goal arriving in the fashion it did.
“Well, I tried to imagine how it would arrive but not the actual play itself,” he told Milan’s official website when asked if he had dreamed about the moment.
“It’s indescribable, I still have to let it sink in.
“Fortunately, it ended up this way. It’s true it felt weird to score with a header but the outcome was great.”