AC Milan’s rising star Pierre Kalulu: The story behind Zlatan advice

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AC Milan's rising star Pierre Kalulu: The story behind Zlatan advice

In December 2020, during the lockdown period, AC Milan’s young French defender, Pierre Kalulu, wore gloves during his second game for the club, which was played in San Siro and had a sub-zero temperature. Kalulu was playing as a substitute and felt nervous as he entered the pitch with his gloves on. However, when his laces became undone, he took off his gloves to retie them.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was on the bench, shouted at Kalulu to keep his gloves off and advised him to be tough since defenders could not afford to wear gloves as strikers would hurt them. This incident marked the beginning of a mentor-mentee relationship between the two players.

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Kalulu stated that Ibrahimovic’s outburst was a good thing because he took him under his wing and gave him advice. Alongside AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who convinced Kalulu to join the club, Ibrahimovic helped Kalulu adapt to his new club. As a result, Kalulu is now one of the most exciting and highly-rated young defenders in Europe.

The young French defender, who speaks perfect English, is set to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last-16 tie, where he will try to stop Tottenham’s forwards from scoring. The young defender’s dream was to play in the Champions League, and he hopes to fulfil it with AC Milan.

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By Gabbie Odonkor Chief Executive Officer
Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian Sports blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter. He founded, a sports website and blog that primarily publishes news about sports.
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