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Why AC Milan ultras will wear the No. 71 jersey to mock Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

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AC Milan’s ultras will don the No.71 jersey as they prepare to give former goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a hostile reception.

The Serie A team hosts Paris Saint-Germain at San Siro on Tuesday evening in the Champions League.

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Donnarumma will face former club AC Milan on Tuesday eveningCredit: getty
The 24-year-old will also likely receive a hostile reception from the club's ultras.

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The 24-year-old will also likely receive a hostile reception from the club’s ultras.Credit: getty

According to the Italian media Sport Mediaset, the AC Milan ultras will wear jersey no. 71.

This decision alludes to the Neapolitan method of deriving winning lottery numbers from dreams.

We call him Smorfia Napoletana in Italian, the 71 meaning “man without values”.

Additionally, they will throw play money in the shooter’s direction to draw attention to what they believe to be his betrayal.

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Donnarumma went through the AC Milan academy before joining PSG

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Donnarumma went through the AC Milan academy before joining PSGCredit: GETTY

Donnarumma rose through the ranks of the Serie A club before completing a controversial free transfer to PSG in 2021.

The 24-year-old made 251 appearances for the club and won the Italian Super Cup in the 2016/17 season before leaving for the French capital.

His boyhood club offered him a contract worth around £120,000-a-week, but he turned it down in favor of a move to Parc des Princes.

He will now be tasked with preventing his former club from competing in Europe’s elite competition as PSG look to advance to the last 16.

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The Italian has made over 250 appearances for his former employers

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The Italian has made over 250 appearances for his former employersCredit: getty

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi recently praised the goalkeeper and believes he should be respected upon his return.

“Gigi is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He is still so young and he is such a great professional, he is also a fantastic person,” he told Gazetta dello Sport.

“What he brought to AC Milan in 215 appearances was incredible – and I have huge respect for both AC Milan and Gigio.”

The Ligue 1 champions lead Group F with six points, with AC Milan in last place behind Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle.

The reverse match saw the French champions claim a comfortable 3-0 victory over the seven-time European champions.



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