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Why Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed every time he touched the ball against Spain

Why Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma was booed every time he touched the ball against Spain

Donnarumma gets booed all night

Somewhat surprisingly, in a tie between Spain and Italy played in Italy, it was one of the hosts’ stars that received the loudest and most consistent boos of the night, in the form of shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The hero of Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign, saving two penalties in the final shoot out against England, it was expected that he would receive a better reception, given his achievements in the summer.

This, however, did not prove the case, stemming from his decision to move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Donnarumma’s departure a point of contention

Donnarumma, until this season, played his domestic football in the San Siro with AC Milan, the same stadium in which Italy and Spain are currently locked in action. However, towards the end of his spell (where he had made his debut as a 16-year-old), the relationship between the goalkeeper and the Rossoneri fans grew frosty.

Refusing to sign a new contract, Donnarumma left AC Milan on a free transfer, joining French Champions Paris Saint-Germain, where he joined up with fellow Azzurri star Marco Verratti.

Donnarumma wrote:

“Now the time has come to say goodbye, a choice that was not easy, and a post is certainly not enough to explain it. Maybe it can’t be explained because the deepest feelings can hardly be translated into words.”

However, his message was not well received by his old club.

As a result, the 22-year-old found himself the subject of loud boos on the part of the largely Milanese faithful inside the stadium on Wednesday, something which the scoreline (currently 1-0 to Spain) is doing little to halt.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.