Football is the beautiful game. It is considered to be the single most uniting force across the world.
Football is about passion, love and emotion. Millions of fans, players and officials constitute the biggest “religion” in the world. Such is the extent of its brand that top footballers all over the world are also a few of the top earners. But football is not just about money. It is also about staying loyal to team in their hardest of times. Football fans all over the world worship their heroes and are ready to sacrifice their lives for them. But they also have the power to bring down their heroes crashing into the ground. Gianluigi Donnarumma is a latest example of what can befall upon for lack of loyalty to fans.
Since he elected to turn down a contract extension with AC Milan midweek, Donnarumma is the new No. 1 public enemy in the city of Milan. The youngster’s decision caught Milan off guard and their supporters have been very vocal with their disapproval and frustration at the news.
The Italy U-21 team defeated Denmark 2-0 in the U-21 Euro Cup with goals from Atalanta forward Andrea Petagna and Sassuolo striker Lorenzo Pellegrini on Sunday. In the Krakow city of Poland, the Rossoneri supporters protested and showed their displeasure in a brand new manner. If you wonder how, it was by showering fake dollar bills at his goal!
The supporters did not stop just there. A banner reading “Dollarumma” was also hung behind the goal at the Stadion Cracovia. The match even needed to be stopped briefly for the workers to clear the pitch. The Italian teenager and the super-agent Mino Raiola have been widely criticized for the decision to turn down Milan’s contract offer, but never ever has he faced a protest of this innovation.
The Italy international has made 68 appearances already for Milan and he just only turned 18 this February. Tipped to be the successor to the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, Donnarumma made his debut last year when he replaced the GREAT GIGI.
With so much criticism coming for him in Poland only, one can only guess what reception awaits the future Italy number 1 when he returns to Italy.