When Siniša Mihajlović put him on goal for Milan at the age of 16, it seemed like a forced solution and gambling, and it turned out to be the beginning of a great career. Gianluigi Donnarumma then became the second-youngest goalkeeper in the history of Italian football.
If he was a really rare talent, he only needed a few games of demonstration. Not only did Milan get a goalkeeper for the next ten years, but many in Donnarumma saw the continuation of the great tradition of legendary captains who emerged at the club, such as Franco Baresi or Paolo Maldini.
The popular Gigi was destined to become a symbol of a new Milan and a return to the paths of old glory. However, the fairy tale did not last as expected. Controversial agent Mino Raiola did his job. Almost every summer, there was a saga about Donnarumma's future in Milan and uncertainty about staying.
Fans were afraid of his joining the ranks of the hated rival Juventus so that the story would finally end last summer. Director Paolo Maldini did not agree to Raiola's conditions for Donnarumma to become convincingly the highest-paid Serie A player with a salary of 12,000,000 euros a year, and for his then salary to be practically doubled.
He cut that no one in the locker room can be so much above the others. As a free agent, Donnarumma left the club that educated him and signed a fabulous contract in Paris Saint-Germain.
Gianluigi Donnarumma says his storry
He chose to remain silent on fans' insults and provocations, so that now, in a great interview for Gazeta Delo Sport, he would speak for the first time and reveal at least a part of his story.
"After so many years, it was not easy to part with a club like Milan. I grew up there as a football player and a man. I can only thank the club for everything they have done for me." "And the fans always treated me well.
I always felt at home there. But you know how things went on then ... Maybe today everyone blames me, and they don't even look the other way. I will only say that the last phone call from the club was to inform me that they had hired a new goalkeeper.
And that's how it all ended, "says Donnarumma. The Italian national team player reveals that despite the negative comments and insults of the fans, he still supports Milan and follows what his club is doing until recently.
"As a fan, I follow passionately what is happening. I often talk with former teammates and coach Pioli. I am happy that Milan is doing well. I hope it lasts. I watched the derby against Inter and enjoyed the victory. "