Paolo Maldini has told Milan they can only reinstate his retired number three shirt if one of his children plays for the club in future.
His jersey was retired when he announced the end of his playing days in 2009. But, it could make a return on request.
"This is a very nice story. My shirt can only be worn again by one of my children, but this must not put pressure on them as they will have many shirts if they continue in football," he told the club's official Facebook page.
The legendary defender then reflected upon a successful 24-year career at Milannello.
"It's a fantastic balance of my career. If I had imagined the career I had when I was a kid people would have said I was crazy," he said.
"I am lucky to have played for the great team of my city."