Daniel Maldini continues the family dynasty at AC Milan

MILAN: Daniel Maldini made its A series debut with Italian giants A.C. Milan on Sunday to follow in the footsteps of his father, club legend Paolo and grandfather Cesare.

Maldini, 18, had already participated in pre-season friendlies, but had to wait for his first appearance for the seven-time European champions.

He finally arrived in minute 93 of a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona in the San Siro

My debut was a dream, pity the result, said Maldini.

We could have done more, but there was still a lot of emotion.

Verona is a tough team, we deserved the three points, but we brought a draw home. We hope to win next.

Midfielder Maldini made its debut 35 years after his father Paolo and 66 after his grandfather Cesare.

This debut was a goal that I had set, now we hope to continue like this. I felt a strong emotion but my father calms me down, he added.

His grandfather Cesare, who died in 2016, played for 12 seasons with the club, winning four league titles and the European Cup.

Cesare also trained the team twice, from 1972 to 1974 and in 2001.

Paolo -- considered among the best defenders of all time -- holds the record for matches played in A series alongside Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with 647, all for A.C. Milan . He won seven Scudetti and five Champions League trophies.

The 51-year-old Paolo Maldini played his final game on May 31, 2009 and is currently the club's technical director.

His older are Christian played for A.C. Milan's youth team through to the Under-19 level and now plays in the Italian lower divisions.

In the rivals of the city, Inter Milan, Filip Stankovic, 17, son of the great Dejan club, received his first call to the first team when he was appointed to the bank for his match against Udinese.

His father Dejan, a former Serbia international midfielder, won the 2010 Champions League and five A series titles with the Italian giants.

The 41-year-old now trains the Serbian champion Red Star of Belgrade.

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