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Bonucci: Donnarumma is like Buffon!  Al-Ittihad newspaper

Bonucci: Donnarumma is like Buffon! Al-Ittihad newspaper

Berlin (DPA)

Leonardo Bonucci, the defender of the Italian national team and one of the heroes of his country’s victory in the European Football Championship “Euro 2020”, said that playing with Gianluigi Donnarumma, the team’s goalkeeper, is similar to playing with Gianluigi Buffon, the former international goalkeeper.

Donnarumma saved two penalties in the match in which Italy defeated England 3-2 on penalties, to win the European Nations Cup for the second time in its history after a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium.

The 22-year-old Donnarumma, who is preparing to join Paris Saint-Germain after the end of his contract with Milan, saved Jadon Sancho’s blow, and also beat Bukayo Saka, who needed to score to keep England’s hopes of winning the title.

The Italian national team now has six major international tournaments and became the first team to win two matches on penalties in the same edition of the European Nations Cup.

Donnarumma has won all five matches that reached the penalty shootout, whether with his team or his country so far in his career, and Bonucci, who scored the equalizer for Italy after Luke Shaw scored the English lead, compared him to goalkeeper legend in the Italian national team Buffon. .

“I was lucky to have played with Gianluigi Buffon, and now with Donnarumma, they are the same,” Bonucci told ITV Sport.

Along with fellow veteran Giorgio Chiellini, who is 36 years and 331 days old, is now the third-oldest player to appear in a European Championship final, Bonucci also put in an impressive performance for the Italian defense.

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“Anything is possible,” added Bonucci, who was one of the highlights of the Italian performance in the tournament after playing his 18th match there.