Gianluigi Donnarumma has taken his first steps towards greatness and last night, forged an early part of his legend.
Gigio Donnarumma replaced the immense Gianluigi Buffon in Italy’s for the second half of last night’s clash with France and gained his first international cap for the Azzurri. Not only that, Donnarumma became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play for Italy’s senior team.
I mean, this was expected, but it’s an incredible feat nonetheless. Donnarumma is still 17 years old.
Italy eventually lost to France 3-1 after conceding two first-half goals, but Gigio earned some spectacular post-match praise from the man he replaced at half time - Gianluigi Buffon:
'Donnarumma is the chosen one,’ - Buffon
There’s no higher praise than that!
Buffon, who is now 38, is hoping to help Italy qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and will not step aside for Donnarumma just yet. That being said, there’s no better shot-stopper to learn from than Italy’s own superman.