Gianluigi Donnarumma has joined PSG after winning the EUROs with Italy, leaving Milan after many years.
Donnarumma made his debut at Milan at the age of 16, and since then he had been the first-choice between the sticks.
Gigio, however, decided that it was time to move on to a new challenge and refused to extend his contract with Milan. He chose to go to Paris Saint-Germain, where he and his agent will be earning considerable sums of money.
After leading Italy to winning the Euros, Donnarumma completed yesterday his Bosman move to PSG:
“Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce that Gianluigi Donnarumma has joined the club. The Italian goalkeeper has signed a five-year contract until 30 June 2026. The 22-year-old Italy international joins Paris Saint-Germain from Milan, where he started out in 2013.
“Early in his career the Italian goalkeeper made a name for himself with Italy’s U17s at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and was voted player of the tournament. His performances opened the doors to Milan’s first team in the 2015/2016 season. During his six seasons with the Rossoneri, the Naples-born shot stopper made 215 Serie A appearances along with 16 Europa League matches and 12 Italian Cup matches (including the 2016 and 2018 finals).
“A precocious talent, Gianluigi Donnarumma made his first team debut for the Azzurri at the age of 17 against France. A recent UEFA Euro 2020 winner with Italy, the goalkeeper shone in the penalty shoot-out against Spain in the semi-final and England in the final and was voted UEFA’s Euro 2020 player of the tournament.”
Earlier this week, Donnarumma wrote a goodbye message to the Milan fans: “Some choices are difficult, but they are part of growing up to be a man. I arrived at Milan when I was little more than a child, for eight years I wore this jersey with pride, we fought, suffered, won, cried, celebrated along with my teammates, my coaches, all those who were and are part of the Club, alongside our fans who are an integral part of what for many years was a family.
“I also achieved important personal targets with the Rossoneri shirt, such as my debut at the age of 16 in Serie A. I experienced extraordinary years that I will never forget. Now the moment has come to say goodbye, it was not an easy choice to make, anything but, and a post certainly isn’t enough to explain it, or perhaps I never can explain it because the deepest sentiments are difficult to express through words. What I can say is that at times it’s the right thing to choose a change, to face different challenges, to grow and to become more complete.
“All the Rossoneri I met, from the first to the last day, will always be in my heart as a fundamental part of that journey through life that made me what I am today. “I wish Milan all possible success and I do that with my heart, for the affection that ties me to these colors, a sentiment that distance and time cannot cancel.”