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The legend has reflected on his career and offered reasons for its longevity.

Milan legend Paolo Maldini believes his love of the game has kept him going for so long, but he will be retiring at the end of the season.

The legendary stopper has played professionally for 24 years, and he is still going strong. Many want the Italian to stay on for another season, but he has already confirmed his retirement.

Maldini has shared his love of the game, and he insists his heart rather than mind has kept him going.

"My love for this sport, which has given me plenty over the years, has allowed me to feel young, not only in terms of the physical side, but also from the spiritual one," Maldini told El Mundo.

"I have had the fortune of always playing in my home town and I have always had the support of my family. These situations allow you to feel balanced and tranquil."

Maldini and Milan are currently chasing the Champions League places. The defender is in contention for a starting role against Napoli this weekend when the Rossoneri travel to the San Paolo.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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