Donnarumma picks out Kaka as childhood idol and reflects on favourite Milan memories

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has shed light on some of his best career moments so far, and about his love for the Rossoneri.

Much of the media coverage surrounding the 21-year-old recently has been regarding his future at Milan. His contract expires in June of next year, and most major outlets acknowledge that unless he were to agree a renewal before the start of next season, he could be sold so Milan do not run the risk of losing him for free.

There has been no shortage of reported interest either, with Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United and Juventus all tipped to make a move by various outlets.

Donnarumma was the protagonist of a Q&A on Instagram during which he responded to questions about a variety of different topics from Milan fans. His comments were transcribed by MilanLive.

The Italy international began by picking out his childhood idol.

“My favourite player has always been Kaka. In my room I had everything about him, so I say absolutely Kaka,” he said.

“Managing pressure? It is also part of my character. I lived quietly, always remaining humble and always working hard.”

The save that most excites him: “That of Dida against Ajax in the Champions League, without taking anything away from Seba Rossi and Abbiati.”

His most difficult parade: “On Maccarone in Milan-Empoli, it was a close shot.

“My pre-game routine? I listen to some music before arriving in San Siro. Afterwards I make a few jokes with the goalkeepers’ trainers and then we concentrate on warming up.”

The striker who he feared most: “I played against great attackers, but the one I feared most is obviously Cristiano Ronaldo.”

The goals he sets every year: “The first goal is that of the club which we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season. Then the personal one is always to give our best and try to concede as few goals as possible.

His first game as a spectator at San Siro: “Milan-Livorno in 2005-06, we won 2-0.”

Finally came some encouraging words for Milan fans amid all the reports of his exit, as Gigio reiterated his love for the Rossoneri colours.

“They mean a lot because I grew up here and I was always a fan of Milan. So I can’t do anything but give my all for this shirt.”

“My favourite memory? The victory of the Italian Super Cup. It was my first trophy and I will never forget it.”

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