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: 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