Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has been named Euro 2020’s Most Outstanding Player after guiding the Azzurri to glory at Wembley Stadium.
Donnarumma, who officially became the first goalkeeper to earn the honour, made two saves in the penalty shootout in Italy’s triumph over England, locking up the victory after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes.
The 6’5” goalkeeper kept out Jadon Sancho’s effort and made the winning save from Bukayo Saka to take the Henri Delaunay Trophy back to Rome.
The soon-to-be Paris Saint-Germain stopper also came up trumps against Spain in the semi-finals by repelling Dani Olmo and Alvaro Morata’s spot kicks.
He has become just the second goalkeeper to win the award after Peter Schmeichel’s instrumental role in guiding Denmark to glory in 1992.
This latest personal accolade follows Donnarumma being named Serie A’s Best Goalkeeper as the 22-year-old helped AC Milan back into the Champions League after an eight-season hiatus.
However, Donnarumma’s contract with his boyhood club expired last month and after making his debut for the Rossoneri at 16 and playing 251 games for them since, he is now swapping home comforts for the French capital as he fights to become PSG’s first choice with Keylor Navas.