Now Gianluigi Donnarumma is the hero of Italy. Several cool saves in the main and extra time of the Euro 2020 semi-finals with Spain, and then the reflected shot of Alvaro Morata in the penalty shootout took the 22-year-old goalkeeper to the skies. The reputable La Gazzetta dello Sport named him the best player of the meeting, betting 8.0. Corriere dello Sport gave Donnarumma 7.5 points (the same was given to Giovanni Di Lorenzo).
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And immediately the rather controversial reputation of the goalkeeper, who is now formally without a club, was somehow forgotten – his contract with Milan expired on June 30, and he was hated by fans more than once, accusing him of greed.
The goalkeeper and his agent Mino Raiola, who spoke earlier about their love for the club, did not agree to renew the contract for a long time, trying to knock out a large salary. Which, of course, caused a predictably negative reaction from the fans. When Donnarumma was at the disposal of the Italian youth team, fans showered him with counterfeit dollars during the game with Denmark, and a banner was displayed on the podium with the words “Dollarumma”.
Nevertheless, in the end, Raiola and Donnarumma achieved their goal. On July 11, the 18-year-old signed a new agreement until the summer of 2021 with a salary of 6 million euros per season.
Time passed, and the hate gradually faded away. Donnarumma is entrenched at the heart of the Italian national team, and Abbiati’s words about captaincy at Milan were prophetic. On July 21, 2020, in the Serie A match against Sassuolo, Donnarumma was given the bandage for the first time due to Alessio Romagnoli’s injury. Last season, the goalkeeper was vice-captain and regularly took to the field with a bandage, because Romagnoli was increasingly in reserve.
All this time, there were difficult negotiations on the extension of the contract. AC Milan offered Donnarumma a salary of 8 million euros, Raiola reported offers of 10 million from other interested clubs, including Juventus. The fans were annoyed and even asked not to let Donnarumma out for the 35th round of Serie A against the Old Lady.
In the match with Juventus Donnarumma entered the field and defended to zero – 3: 0. On May 26, Maldini announced that the goalkeeper was leaving the club.
The second wave of hate began, which finally consolidated the nickname Dollarumma for the goalkeeper. Especially when it became known that Donnarumma had reached an agreement with PSG, which, according to various insiders, will pay the player 12 million euros a year.
At the same time, this whole story did not affect Donnarumma’s game at Euro in any way – he is very reliable, does not make mistakes and, when necessary, helps the Italian national team. There he receives full support.