Know your sports person – Gianluigi Donnarumma !

If you know this name by now, then you are surely following the sports events – notably the Euro 2020 final between Italy vs England. Yes he is the Italian hero who clearly single handedly ensured that they not only win the 3rd straight penalty shootout but also made a record of having the most saves. While England missed 3, 2 were because of his extraordinary saves. 

Donnarumma is just 22 year old (yes quite young) but has been playing football for almost 5 years already ! Thats how good he is. He came through the youth academy (yes all major clubs have that so if you want to join, ask google) and after seeing how tall and great he really is (tall goalie will have a long reach on the goal line) he has had a meteoric rise. It was AC Milan which signed him first and internationally, Donnarumma broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016. 

Long considered one of Italy’s most exciting prospects, and one of the most promising young footballers of his generation, Donnarumma is widely regarded as the successor to a great legend Buffon and he himself has in turn praised the teenager’s physical strength and technical abilities, mental composure and decision making.In fact the praise comes from all over – another of Italy’s goalies, Dino Zoff has also said Donnarumma seems predestined to become a great goalkeeper. He described Donnarumma as a world-class goalkeeper, applauding him for his discipline, intelligence, concentration, and professionalism, despite his young age.

He is a natural leader with the necessary confidence to organise a defence featuring players twice his age. He possesses good reactions, and is effective at stopping penalties.Matt Jones has also praised Donnarumma for his shot-stopping ability, and speed when rushing off his line to face opponents in one on one situations.

Just 6 months later, he became the youngest goalie ever to appear for Italy and in 5 years he has become the player of the tournament helping Italy win the Euro where his large slender frame and reach, agility, and composed nature has really helped him.

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