player: paolo maldini

Philipp Lahm was 11 years old when he joined Bayern Munich. He arrived at Säbener Strasse full of enthusiasm and with the diminutive attacking midfielder Mehmet Scholl as his hero. The only problem was that Lahm soon found himself playing at full-back. The youngster had to rethink, he had to adapt. “I quickly realised that I couldn’t have Mehmet as my role model any more,” he once said, “so I changed it to Paolo Maldini instead.”

Quick-thinking and versatile; Lahm at 11 and Lahm at 30. Nothing and everything has changed.