Sky journalist reveals how Colombo was inspired by PSG star to take the No.29 at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Young AC Milan striker Lorenzo Colombo has a very particular reason for choosing the No.29 shirt, according to Sky journalist Peppe Di Stefano.

Colombo was handed his first competitive start for the Rossoneri against Bodo/Glimt as the club confirmed earlier on Thursday that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has contracted Coronavirus, and the 18-year-old did not disappoint.

In the 32nd minute, there was a moment to remember for the Primavera product. An attack down the left flank resulted in Theo Hernandez pulling the ball back into the box and it was diverted to the far post by Calhanoglu, who gave the teenager the easy task of firing into an unguarded net as the Bodo/Glimt keeper had gambled on the cross.

Sky’s Peppe Di Stefano offered some background on the teenage forward including why he chose to wear the number 29.

“He chose the number 29 jersey because it was Mbappè’s first number. He is a 2002-class player from Vimercate who only a year ago had a bad fracture in his fifth metatarsal that stopped him taking part in the U17 World Cup,” he said (via MilanNews).

“After recovering, he scored 9 goals in 6 matches, arousing the interest of Pioli. Yesterday he was a starter for the first time in an official match with Milan, he scored and became the third youngest ever European scorer in the history of Milan, overtaking El Shaarawy and Pato. His great idol is Batistuta.”

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