Gianluigi Donnarumma is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper on the planet and it’s easy to understand why.
The 17-year-old, who is 6ft 5in tall but still has a few more years ahead of him before he stops growing, is AC Milan’s number one goalkeeper and has already made two appearances for the Italian national team.
He’s the natural successor for the great Gianluigi Buffon and it won’t be long before his first choice for both club and country.
Donnarumma has barely put a foot wrong since making his professional debut last year but he’s still human.
This was evident during Milan’s 4-1 win over Empoli at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Saturday when Donnarumma cost the Rossoneri a goal with an uncharacteristic mistake in the first half.
Video: Donnarumma’s mistake v Empoli
The ball was swung into the box from the right flank and Donnarumma intervened with his best Superman impression.
He sensed the danger but failed to get enough purchase on the ball.
It fell straight to Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara who lashed the ball past Donnarumma into the bottom corner of the net.
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Donnarumma's teammates bailed him out
Fortunately for Donnarumma, his mistake didn’t prove costly.
Second half goals from Suso and Gianluca Lapadula, plus an own goal by Andrea Costa, earned Milan all three points.
The Italian giants now find themselves four points behind league leaders Juventus.
Video: Donnarumma is a class act
If you've only just heard of Donnarumma, though, know that he's set to become one of the world's very best goalkeepers.
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