Gianluigi Donnarumma is an Italian professional international footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Paris Saint Germain, a club of Ligue 1 and the Italian National team. Paris Saint Germain is one of the most successful football clubs and Donnarumma is one of the best players in the world. The 23 years old footballer is a young player with enormous talent and passion for football. He began his career at the age of 16 with AC Milan in 2015 and became the second youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A. In this article we will give you every detail about the football star.
Early Life of Gianluigi Donnarumma
The 23 years old Gianluigi Donnarumma has become very successful at a very young age. This is the result of his hard work that he did in his early life. The professional footballer was raised at the Club Napoli football school in his residence City Castellammare di Stabia. In 2013, at the age of 14 only, he was signed by AC Milan. His elder brother Antonio had already played with the AC Milan you academy. The Italian goalkeeper used to play with older boys instead with people of the same age group. Between 2013 and 2015, he played at Rossoneri youth academy where he had the opportunities to play with the top senior footballers like Giovanissimi, Allevi, Primavera and many more.
At the age of 15 only, he was first associated with Filippo Inzaghi’s first team making a place for himself in Serie A during season 2014-15. When he turned 16, he signed his first ever professional contract with the Rossoneri and was promoted to the first team in the season 2014-15.
Gianluigi Donnarumma’s Biography
The international Italian professional footballer, Gianluigi Donnarumma was born on February 25, 1999 which makes him 23 years old. He was born and raised in Castellammare di Stabia in Italy. The 1.96m tall footballer is the child of mother Marinella Donnarumma and father, Alfonso Donnarumma. The Italian white was raised at his birthplace along with three siblings including his elder brothers Antonio and Alfredo and the only sister, Nunzia. He is nicknamed “Dollar-umma” and widely regarded as a successor to Gianluigi Buffon.
Footballer’s Love Life and Family
Every girl football fan has a crush on the youngest Italian footballer, Donnarumma. He is a bachelor and yet to be married but his dating life and current relationship status is quite active. Well, it is believed that he has dated no-one before his current girlfriend, Alessia Elefante. Not much information is revealed about how they first met or how they got into the relationship but yes, they have been in a relationship for almost a year till date and are already engaged. Despite the huge height gap between Gianluigi and Donnarumma, they enjoy each other’s company and are considered to be a perfect couple.
Introducing his family background, the Italian footballer belongs to a middle-class family. Gianluigi Donnarumma’s dad is a football enthusiast and can be considered the secret role model for his son. Somehow his passion for football had an impact on Donnarumma. His father was only married to his mother, Marinella Donnarumma and had no other wives. Marinella Donnarumma was very supportive to his son and contributed to his breakthroughs in football. She kept forging him ahead and presenting his birth certificate to everyone proving 11 year old was not so old to compete in such a sport like football.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has three siblings in total including two elder brothers and a sister, Nunzia. Antonio, his elder brother was born on July 7, 1990 who works as a backup goalkeeper for AC Milan while we don’t know much about the other brother and the only sister, Nunzia. If we talk about the star’s relatives, he has numerous uncles and aunties but his most well-known uncle is Ernesto who introduced him to football. The shot-stopper has never mentioned anything about his grandparents, nephews or nieces.
Donnarumma’s Current Girlfriend
Gianluigi Donnarumma, also known as Gigio is sometimes referred to as the younger brother of Antonio. Antonio is also a goalkeeper at AC Milan and since 2017, working as his teammate as well. Apart from the Goalkeeper’s football life, he has enough romance in his life. Yes, currently he is in a relationship with gorgeous Alessia Elefante. Alessia is also a student of the Castellammare di Stabia, the same town as the Donnarumma. It’s also known that he has been engaged with Alessia Elefante since 2016. After dating each other for a few more months, the couple moved in together in 2017. Well, the footballer is a very private person and prefers to keep his personal life secret. But fans always find a way to know the significant life events of their favorite star’s life.
Alessia Elefante – Fiancee or Wife?
Who wouldn’t be interested in the lady who became the partner of an Italian guy every other girl falls for. Well, there is a line from a song; “Everybody’s watching her but she is looking at you”. The gender may be exchanged but this song totally suits the couple. The guy everyone falls for, fell for Alessia Elefante. Back in 2017 when they were together and now in 2022, it looks like they are living their life to the best. Alessia Elefante is the fiancee of the most handsome goalkeeper as they got engaged in 2018 after two years of dating. But the Goalkeeper is yet to be married.
Alessia Elefante is an Italian model by profession. She was also born in the Castellammare di Stabia, the same town as the handsome goalkeeper. She has the citizenship of Italy and enjoys a good deal of fan following on Instagram under @alessiaelefante. The 1.65 m tall Italian model is Cristian by religion and has brown eyes matching with her brown dyed hairs. Her net worth is estimated to be around $75,000.
Gianluigi and Alessia’s Love story
The beginning of their love story goes back to 2017 when they came together. Just like any other couple they came together, started dating each other and went on dreaming about their future together. But who knew that their love story would be so famous some day and people like us would be writing about it all over the social media and search engines.
Their love story alone can be described as their love for travelling. Yes, Alessia loves to travel so much that she can never say no to a backpack trip. The beautiful Italian lady is in love with the beaches and a lot of her pictures can be found which are clicked on the beach. Her vacation mode can be switched on very easily without any clue. Next comes her love for pictures. Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t love to click photographs but loves to be clicked. Her pictures in bikini always have a different impact on people but their pictures together from vacations can also leave you in awe. The couple travels together and shares a love for photography.
Despite the height gap they both have, they love each other infinitely and they never let go of a chance to show this love and respect for each other. Gianluigi Donnarumma takes utmost care of his beautiful lady and never steps back from showing his love, affection and respect for her. He likes to spend time with her and often go on car rides with her. They like to try different cultural foods together, especially sitting in front of a beach, lake or their favorite outlet. They also have baths in the swimming pool together sometimes. These are all just excuses to spend some time together.
Other than his professional life and family background, he has his own personal life about which little is known. He is calm, sensitive, emotionally driven and doesn’t like to reveal much about his private life. Other than his profession, he has a keen interest in sightseeing, playing video games and spending time with friends and family.
Talking about his lifestyle, he has a net worth of €170 million. Analysing his earning and spending ratios, it is known that he lives a conservative lifestyle. He is not a major earner and does not live a luxurious life. He has not been spotted driving luxurious cars to award functions as well.
Well, you might find it unbelievable that the youngest goalkeeper, Donnarumma is not just enjoying fame or success at such a young age but also shows a keen interest in charity but this is absolutely true. Such a wonderful moment was when he auctioned his 120th anniversary AC Milan shirt in order to help the needy people in the Naples area as a part of his charity campaign. At the time, Donnarumma joined this campaign, Cannavaro Ferrara Found launched “Je sto vincho a te: Uniti per Napoli” (I’m close to you, United for Naples) with the aim to collect funds to purchase things of basic necessities for the needy people of Naples area. This campaign soon involved the Auction of Donnarumma’s 120th anniversary AC Milan shirt. Gianluigi wore this Jersey against Sassulo at the San Siro.
Donnarumma also left a message for his lovely fans on his official Instagram profile which reads “Hi guys, I’ve decided to auction the jersey I wore in the Milan 120th anniversary match. I do it to show sympathy to my country and to all Neapolitans. A hug also to Fabio, Paolo, and Ciro for the great initiative they are doing. Altogether we’ll make it and we’ll embrace each other stronger than before.”
Gianluigi’s professional career
Donnarumma began his football career with AC Milan at the age of 16 only and became the second youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A. In 2020-21 he also helped Milan to occupy second place in Serie A and qualify for the UEFA champions league 2021-22 after a break of eight years. He has won the titles of Serie A’s best goalkeeper of the year, IFFHS World’s best Goalkeeper and Yashin trophy. After working with Milan for six years, he joined Ligue 1 club PSG in 2021 on a free transfer.
Internationally, he has played on a top class level. He made his international debut in 2016 at the age of 17 only and broke the record as youngest Italian under-21 football player. He also became the youngest goalkeeper from Italy six months later when he made his senior international debut. The successful footballer also represented Italy at UEFA Euro 2020 helping the team become winner of the tournament and was awarded with the Player of the Tournament award.
Beginning of his career
It is always known that a journey is more interesting than the destination. Especially when it comes to such global celebrities, everybody wants to know their success stories and struggles. Success story of Donnarumma is also spectacular. Looks like the passion for football did not develop into him but it was born with him. Donnarumma grew up in a football academy of ASD Club Napoli which he joined in 2003. Following his undefeated skills, AC Milan signed him for €250,000 in 2013 at the age of 14 only.
He has mostly played with seniors like Giovanissimi, Allievi, Primavera and many more fantastic players. Between 2013 and 2015 he played at Rossoneri youth academy and in 2015 before his 16th birthday, he got first call up to the senior team by manager Filippo Inzaghi. Though he wasn’t featured in the league match, soon he signed his first professional contract with Milan which lasted till 30 June 2018. After working with Milan for six years, he joined Ligue 1 club PSG in 2021.
On 16 june 2021, he decided to join the PSG and sign a five-year contract with them. According to reports, PSG offered him an amount of €8 million per season. After passing the medical in June, the footballer officially joined PSG on 15 July 2021 and signed the contract that ends on 30 June 2026.
Style of Play
Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of those greatest talents of this new generation who has everything that a true goalkeeper needs. Due to his young age, his body works faster and smooth with an ideal size, good reflexes and good foot strength. He is full of enormous talent and skills. He is confident in executing the defence and saving penalties. He had achieved high level prominence on national and international level at the age of over 16 thanks to his rapid maturation and incredible goalkeeping skills. Seeing this, most people compare him with Gianluigi Buffon, who is already very successful. He also grew quickly and that’s why Donnarumma is compared with him.
In a career of only 10 years, the Italian goalkeeper has achieved a lot of success and won plenty of titles and awards for his games. The only club level title he has won is 2016 at the age of 17 only is Supercoppa Italiana. Though he has not won so many titles or awards on the international level, he has a long list of awards to his name at the National level. As an individual, he has won Gazzetta Sports Awards Rivelazione dell’anno in 2016, Goal.com NxGn in 2017, AIC Serie A Goalkeeper of the year in 2020, AIC Serie A team of the year during 2019-20 season and the Serie A Best Goalkeeper for the season 2020-21.