It is so difficult to say farewell especially to greats in the world of sports, particularly, in the biased eyes of football addicts like Day To Day, to legends of the game of football.
It might be that Sir Elton John sings a beautiful song in which he says that 'sorry seems to be the hardest word.' However, Day To Day objects! Have you ever said goodbye, Sir Elton?
This forthcoming part of the article is Rated R especially for over-sensitive readers:
Oh yes, the long-awaited day for some forwards who just could not beat him man-to-man has come. Paolo Maldini has retired from football, hanging his playing boots after 24 years of service at Milan.
Maldini has won every club accolade there is, except the UEFA Cup. Ironically, Maldini had a chance to win the trophy this year, but Milan's exit at the hands of eventual runners-up Werder Bremen put an end to the Rossoneri's dreams of UEFA Cup glory (does anybody care about UEFA Cup glory anymore?).
Meanwhile, Maldini has only failed to win an international competition. Ironically (yes Day To Day is an ironic series), Italy's successful 2006 World Cup campaign was the first World Cup since Maldini retired from international football.
But the man must be hurt to leave AC Milan after all this time at the club. Milan, for Maldini, is where everybody knows his name and everybody is always glad he came.
Troubles are always the same and everybody is over 30 years old in the old-folks home that is AC Milan.
But Day To Day's sadness stretches even more and goes deep, deep into the heart of our emotions. We hold a tissue to dry our tears and another to wave goodbye, but not only to Maldini.
What makes goodbye, today, truly the hardest word, is the fact that we have had to say three goodbyes in Serie A on Sunday.
Other than Paolo Maldini, Luis Figo, and Pavel Nedved have hung their boots too.
While Figo and Nedved could have moved to Milan where they could have fit well with the rest of the folks from their same generation there, from Emerson to Kakha Kaladze, Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi, and others.
The Serie A season is over and Carlo Ancelotti has left Milan on 'mutual consent'. Oh, nobody saw that coming.
He will probably end up at Stamford Bridge, coaching Chelsea before leaving The Blues as a result of Roman Abramovich's uneasy approach.
And as a replacement, Milan have hired their ex-Sporting Director and retired Brazilian winger Leonardo.
Aha! Day To Day gets it! Milan are trying to get themselves a Guardiola!
It's the same, he's a retired legendary player at the club and still in his 30s.
But will Milan, too, get the treble next season?
Until next time,
This is Day To Day.
By Zahi Sahli