Last night, AC Milan fans made a teenager cry.
The Serie A side’s ultras targeted 18-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma with a banner referencing the 18-year-old keeper’s ongoing contract dispute.
Milan’s first-choice gloveman is represented by notorious ‘superagent’ Mino Raiola.
The man who also boasts Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Marco Verrati among others as clients, has supposedly asked Milan to cancel the deal Donnarumma signed during the summer.
The young keeper claims he was forced to extend his contract due to ‘psychological pressure’ and Raiola is now hoping to secure his client a free transfer away from the club at the end of the season.
Donnarumma started for Milan in their Coppa Italia fixture against Verona last night but was noticeably distracted by his own fans.
The Milan ultras displayed a banner reading ‘Moral violence, 6 million per year and you’re a parasite brother? Now go away, the patience is over’ which stretched the length of several blocks.
Having seen the banner during his warm-up, Donnarumma was reduced to tears in the changing room prior to kick-off.
He was comforted by Leonardo Bonucci as seen in this short clip…
The ultras also whistled and jeered as Donnarumma’s name was read out over the speaker system before kick-off.
New manager Gennaro Gattuso spoke on the incident after the game.
“He’s an 18-year-old kid, of course he was shaken,” he said.
“I can only thank him for what he’s doing. For his age, he’s the best goalkeeper in the world right now.
“You can tell from his face he’s not happy, but I have known a great athlete and great kid. He will have my protection, for all the protection I can give.
“If the club says it doesn’t need to sell anyone, nor wants to, then why should we even talk about this?
“I respect the fans, but he sulked at me for four days because I left him at home for the first time in seven months.
“He never skipped a training session, let alone a game. I feel terrible about this, as people are painting a kid as if he’s a monster and he doesn’t deserve it.
“Fortunately, there were only 9,000 people in the stadium tonight, imagine how it’d feel if there were 50,000 insulting him.”