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Fabrizio Ravanelli: “It’s a shame Donnarumma would be the perfect heir to Gianluigi Buffon”

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22 Jul 2021
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Fabrizio Ravanelli

Former Juve striker Fabrizio Ravanelli admits that the Serie A giants will regret letting Gianluigi Donnarumma slip through their net twice.


What did Fabrizio Ravanelli say?

The highly acclaimed goalkeeper who has just helped Italy to Euro 2020 glory has been on the move this summer following the breakdown of his contract at AC Milan, with PSG winning the race for his signature. Juventus was passionate about acquiring the talented 22-year-old, having previously surrendered the chance to strike a deal with him back in 2011-12 after being invited to court in Turin.

At the time, Fabrizio Ravanelli was part of the coaching staff of the Juventus youth team and talked about some of the disappointing recruitment calls that the biggest regret is that 10 years ago, with a small investment, they could beat Milan with him. Too bad Gianluigi Donnarumma would be the perfect heir to Buffon. Now there is Wojciech Szczesny, who is another great goalkeeper and therefore Fabrizio understands the choice of the club and Massimiliano Allegri.


Donnarumma was a different boy

The future superstar was representing the local club Napoli when Juventus saw its potential. It will be 2013 before Milan eventually did the same and took on the player who would make his competitive debut for them at just 16 years old. He will continue to host 251 appearances for the Rossoneri while earning 33 caps for his country, and Fabrizio Ravanelli claims there was never any doubt that he would reach the top.

However, this opinion was not shared by everyone in Turin, despite the fact that Gianluigi Donnarumma was conspicuous with his performances during the trial. Fabrizio added that he has the memory of a powerful, explosive, impressive little boy and has blocked everything. So much so that none of our boys managed to score past Gianluigi Donnarumma from the edge of the field.

They threw a volley of blows at him around the penalty spot, but it was still almost impossible to score into his goal. All were left speechless. Donnarumma was a different boy. It’s easy to say now, but at that time, according to Fabrizio, he informed the goalkeeping coach that this guy should be taken away immediately, because he will become the absolute top player.

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