DEBUTS: Mario Balotelli

Written by: Massimo Nuzzo (@MassimoCNuzzo) Mario Balotelli is no stranger to being the subject of discussion. Controversy and uncertainty are two things that have followed the 28-year-old striker throughout his career, with attitude problems and inconsistency seemingly holding him back from reaching his full potential. Despite that, Balotelli has shown resilience throughout his time as a professional. We often see Balotelli silence the critics who … Continue reading DEBUTS: Mario Balotelli

DEBUTS: Gianluigi Buffon

Written by: Mouhamad Rancini (@ThatArabKeeper) “I’ve never seen a debut like his for the personality and quality he showed.” Those were the words of Italian goalkeeping great Dino Zoff when he described the debut of a 17-year-old Gianluigi Buffon in 1995. Buffon had just kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with 1993 Champions League winners AC Milan, and the football world was buzzing … Continue reading DEBUTS: Gianluigi Buffon

DEBUTS: Wesley Sneijder

Written by: @LMiller2411 On the 73rd minute the fourth official raised his board aloft displaying numbers 10 and 14. Wesley Sneijder turned and embraced Muntari, double high-fived Diego Milito and ambled off the pitch. Rapturous applause could be heard from one half of San Siro for the little Dutchman, who turned to the Curva Nord and applauded back to show his appreciation. They had witnessed … Continue reading DEBUTS: Wesley Sneijder

DEBUTS: Alexandre Pato

Written by: Sabatino Caranci (@Scaranci25) The “duck,” which was a nickname for the Brazilian Alexandre Pato at Milan, is derived from the Spanish word “Pato.” Pato’s debut was one of the most anticipated in the world at the time. He was signed from the Brazilian club Internacional as a 17 year-old prospect in the summer of 2007 for around 24 million euros, which at the … Continue reading DEBUTS: Alexandre Pato