Paolo Doneda, goalkeeper with Peruvian roots: “I want to get to Milan’s first team and win the Champions League”

He has played soccer since he was 6 years old, but only at 8 did he decide to take responsibility for fighting to keep the goal at zero. Paolo Stefano Doneda stands out in the U-15 team of the historic AC Milan club of Italy and Europe. His name came to light after his dual nationality was known: Italian-Peruvian.

Italian blood runs through his veins thanks to his fathers Franco Doneda and Peruvian roots come from his mother Cynthia Díaz, a native of Huancayo. Both support the football development of the young goalkeeper born in Milan in 2007.

“The year I was born, Milan won their seventh Champions” he tells La República with pride after confessing his support for the rossonero cast, the same one that his father inherited. On his mother’s side, he sympathizes with Sporting Cristal.

He arrived at AC Milan in January 2021 and has a contractual relationship until his 18th birthday. On May 18 he will have just 15.

In his work under the three suits he has as references to Gianluigi Donnarumma current PSG goalkeeper who was formed and made his debut in the Milanese team. He also admires Mike mignan current goalkeeper of the San Siro.

In his first spell with AC Milan he met closely with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the main star of the team led by Stefano Pioli. He took a photo with the Swede thanks to the fact that he trained with his son in the lower ranks.

“I feel as Peruvian as Italian,” he says when asked which of the countries he would lean on thanks to his dual nationality.

In April 2021, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) contacted him to tell him that they are following him. “They are interested in me,” says Paolo.

“I would be very proud if you called me Peru or Italy”, precise. He adds that at the moment there has not been an official call and he is focused on achieving the objectives set with his team.

Follow the Peruvian team and Ms. Cynthia tells that her son woke her up to follow the Bicolor games due to the time difference.

He is no stranger to the story of Gianluca Lapadula and he likes the idea that the current Benevento attacker has decided to defend the ‘skin’ of the Red-White. It also follows Pedro Gallese.

Playing with the feet, having good reflexes and the aerial game are characteristics that Paolo possesses. The same ones that you hope to refine and develop to meet your goals. “I want to get to Milan’s first team, it’s my dream. I want to win the Champions League with Milan ”, he says.

For now, his team ranks first in the standings in the middle of the season and he hopes to maintain that lead.