Gianluigi Donnarumma joined esteemed company during AC Milan’s 1-0 win over Pescara on Sunday.
The 17-year-old sensation recorded his fifth clean sheet of the season, the same number as Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak and Alphonse Areola.
Yeah. The kid is good.
Giacomo Bonaventura scored the only goal as Milan recorded their seventh win in nine Serie A games.
The Italian giants are now third in the table, five points behind leaders Juventus.
As rosy as things look for Milan right now, their success certainly falls on the shoulders of Donnarumma. The comparisons with Gianluigi Buffon become more vivid with each passing week.
He young Italy international produced yet another save that will be added to the highlight reel. Ledian Memushaj’s long-range rocket was destined for the top corner but, like a cat, Donnarumma appeared from nowhere to turn the ball behind with his right hand.
In October 2015, Donnarumma became the youngest player to feature in a Serie A match.
It must have been a surreal moment for the teenager when he received praise from the man he looks destined to replace in the Italy team: Gianluigi Buffon.
"He is definitely a top goalkeeper," Buffon said of his namesake, via ESPN FC.
"To be 16-years-old and able to handle that kind of media pressure is important and rare.
"I'm happy, because he's being protected and growing adequately, despite the enormous pressure that has been created for him."
Buffon is the gold standard when it comes to goalkeepers. But, in 20 years time, there’s every chance Donnarumma’s name will be mentioned alongside the Juventus legend.
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