Gianluigi Donnarumma booed by his OWN fans during Italy’s Nations League loss to Spain
Gianluigi Donnarumma booed by his OWN fans during Italy’s Nations League defeat to Spain as the San Siro crowd hit back at the goalkeeper for quitting AC Milan for PSG this year
- Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed by Italy fans during their 2-1 loss to Spain
- The goalkeeper returned to Milan for the first time since he retired from AC for PSG
- The Milan crowd cheered him every time he touched the ball and unveiled banners
- Roberto Mancini was annoyed after the game that Italy fans booed their player
- The spot came three months after Donnarumma won Euro 2020 for the country
Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed by Italian supporters during Azzurri’s 2-1 defeat to Spain, when he returned to the San Siro for the first time since leaving AC Milan for PSG.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper was Italy’s penalty shootout hero in the Euro 2020 final victory over England and was named Player of the Tournament this summer, but was booed by his own fans for his decision to quit boys’ club Milan this year.
Every time the goalkeeper touched the ball in the Nations League defeat to Luis Enrique’s Spain, whoops and whistles arose from the San Siro and the abuse followed a series of banners produced to offer a hostile Milanese return for Donnarumma.
Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed by his own fans during his country’s 2-1 defeat to Spain
Donnarumma was booed every time he touched the ball at Milan’s San Siro stadium
A banner in the ground for Wednesday night’s game read: ‘You are no longer welcome in Milan.’
On Tuesday, a separate banner was placed outside the hotel where the Italian national team stayed before the Milan ultras match, which read: ‘Donnarumma, you will never be welcomed in Milan again, you piece of shit.’
Roberto Mancini expressed frustration when he heard that his goalkeeper was being booed during the match, as he felt the atmosphere was more appropriate for a club match.
The Italy manager said after the game: ‘Donnarumma played for Italy and it was not a club game.
The 22-year-old became the target of the Milan crowd after he left AC Milan for PSG this year
The booing came just three months after Donnarumma won the Euro 2020 final penalty shootout
This situation could have been pushed aside for one night and a possible PSG vs Milan whistled in. Italy is Italy and comes above all else.’
Donnarumma traded Milan for French giants Paris Saint-Germain after Italy’s Euro 2020 win, and made a free transfer after his contract with the Rossoneri expired.
The Italian came through youth at Milan and spent six seasons in the club’s first-team, making over 250 Rossoneri appearances across all competitions, but left the club on a reported £200,000 a week plus add -sign our agreement in France.
He returned to Milan on Wednesday evening for the first time since leaving Serie A, conceding twice in the first half to Ferran Torres’ double when Italy fell 2-1 in the Nations League semi-final.
Donnarumma conceded more than one goal in an Italy shirt for the first time in his career
It was the first time that Donnarumma has conceded more than one goal in an international game, despite the 22-year-old making his national team debut five years ago.
Former Juventus and Roma manager Fabio Capello called on Italian fans not to berate Donnarumma on Wednesday night, although the Italian manager admitted the goalkeeper was “ungrateful” to Milan and his supporters.
Ahead of Wednesday’s game, Capello told Il Corriere dello Sport: “I hope they will fulfill his wish as he is a national team player who has made a huge contribution.
“Let me say, however, that he was ungrateful to Milan. After everything the club did for him and his family when he was a kid, he should have behaved differently.”