The brother of Gianluigi defended the decision of the Milan goalkeeper on his Instagram account, saying ‘anyone who insults him is not a Milan fan’.
Donnarumma is on his way out of Milan, either this summer or next year when his contract expires as yesterday it became official that ‘Gigio’, who previously said he dreams of wearing the captain’s armband and stay at Milan for many years, will not accept the contract extension offered him by the new management (over €5 million net per season for five years).
After the announcement, Milan fans went on social media to express their sadness, disappointment and mostly rage, calling Donnarumma a snake and a traitor. There are rumours that Donnarumma cried last night when he saw the reaction of the fans and today his 26-year-old brother Antonio, who grew up in Milan’s youth sector as well, went on Instagram to show support for his brother.
“I turn to all of them. People who are doing nothing but insult Gigio and all our family,” Antonio wrote at @antodonnarumma90. “Gigio has been a Milan fan since he was little… for him to play with the Milan shirt was a dream, he has always honored and given his soul for these colors. He cried after every defeat. Until yesterday you were all with Gigio, now without knowing anything you are insulting our whole family, writing things that our family wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy.
“Our family has been overjoyed and have wept along with all you fans. Milan has an incredible history, and nobody can ever question that. For those who have written messages of support for Gigio, I want to tell you that you truly understand the kind of person Gigio is… whatever gesture [like kissing the Milan badge, ed] he did or phrase he wrote or said, he did it out of love for Milan. Above all, Gigio is a Milan fan like you, and anyone who insults him isn’t a Milan fan.
“You can fill this photo with insults now, but leave our family out of it, they always taught us the real values of life. For those who continue to say that I have to thank Gigio because he gives me money… I tell you that no one has ever given anything to me, every year I earn what I deserve. Thanks.”
Antonio also used the hashtags #brothers #love #donnarumma #alwaystogether. It will be interesting to hear Gianluigi’s side of the story. Most of the reports seem to agree that his decision to reject the offer of Milan was not economical but due to wanting a different sporting project.
Milannews.it reported earlier today that Real Madrid will soon contact Milan and kick off negotiations for the 18-year-old; their initial offer is expected to be in the region of €25-30 million.
Mi rivolgo a tutte le Persone che non stanno facendo altro che insultare gigio e tutta la nostra famiglia.. Gigio sin da piccolo è tifoso del Milan.. per lui giocare con la maglia del Milan e’ un sogno..ha sempre onorato e dato L anima per questi colori.. ha pianto per ogni sconfitta.. fino a ieri eravate tutti con gigio.. ora senza sapere nulla state insultando tutta la famiglia, scrivendo frasi che la nostra famiglia non augura nemmeno al peggior nemico.. la nostra famiglia ha gioito e pianto con tutti voi tifosi..il Milan ha una storia incredibile.. e nessuno può metterlo in dubbio..Per le persone che hanno scritto messaggi a favore di gigio ci tengo a dire che voi avete capito davvero che persona e’ gigio.. qualunque gesto che ha fatto e qualunque frase ha detto o scritto.. L ha fatto davvero per amore del Milan.. gigio e’ soprattutto un tifoso del Milan.. come voi..e chi lo insulta non è tifoso del Milan..ora potete anche riempire di insulti questa foto.. ma la famiglia lasciatela stare.. loro ci hanno sempre insegnato i veri valori della vita… per quelli che invece continuano a dire che io devo ringraziare a gigio perché mi da i soldi.. vi dico che a me mai nessuno mi ha regalato qualcosa.. ogni anno lotto per guadagnare quello che mi merito.. grazie.. #brothers #love #donnarumma #alwaystogether