After his penalty-saving heroics in the shootout against England at Wembley, Gianluigi Donnarumma has been crowned Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament.
The 6’5” goalkeeper stopped Jadon Sancho’s shot and saved Bukayo Saka’s winning goal to return the Henri Delaunay Cup to Rome.
In the semi-finals, the soon-to-be Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper also came up trumps against Spain, saving spot penalties from Dani Olmo and Alvaro Morata.
After two penalty saves, Gianluigi Donnarumma has been named Player of the Tournament. The 22-year-old is one of the finest goalkeepers in the world and is set to join Paris Saint-Germain. Donnarumma kept out the decisive spot shot from Bukayo Saka to seal victory for Italy. He is only the second goalkeeper to receive the title, following Kasper Schmeichel’s crucial role in guiding Denmark to triumph in 1939.
This latest personal honor comes after Donnarumma was crowned Serie A’s Best Goalkeeper after helping AC Milan return to the Champions League after an eight-year absence.
However, Donnarumma’s contract with his boyhood club expired last month, and after making his debut for the Rossoneri at the age of 16 and playing 251 games for them since, he is now battling it out with Keylor Navas for a starting spot at PSG.
Jordan Pickford’s opposite number Jordan Pickford will be disappointed after a shootout in which the Everton man’s save from Andrea Belotti temporarily put Gareth Southgate’s briefly before the disappointments for Marcus Rashford, Sancho, and others.
But, the 27-year-old’s outstanding summer performances have earned him the Golden Glove as he preserved five clean sheets against Croatia, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Ukraine.
Donnarumma, on the other hand, had three shutouts in the group stage, against Turkey, Wales, and Switzerland.