Seid Visin, passed by the youth teams of AC Milan, committed suicide at the age of 20. He had evolved with Gianluigi Donnarumma, who paid tribute to him.
“I can’t forget his incredible smile, his zest for life. He was a friend, a boy like me.” In a testimony published by the ANSA agency, Gianluigi Donnarumma paid a heartfelt tribute to Seid Visin, born in Ethiopia, who committed suicide on Thursday at the age of 20. Donnarumma had been his teammate in the AC Milan youth teams. “I met him as soon as I arrived in Milan, we lived together in boarding school. We faced together all the difficulties of those who leave their family and home at 14 to pursue a dream. We had lost sight of each other. years, but this news touches me deeply, “said the 22-year-old doorman, born in Castellammare di Stabia, Campania, about twenty kilometers from Nocera Inferiore, the town where the family who adopted Seid lived.
A letter against racism
Like Donnarumma, Visin had taken the direction of Milan to try to break into football. After going through the rossonero club training center, he joined Benevento, before giving up his dream of becoming a professional and returning to Nocera to finish his law studies. During his funeral, held on Saturday, a letter he had written two years ago was read. In these words he denounced the climate of racism he felt around him. “Wherever I go, I feel the weight of skeptical, disgusted and frightened looks. Something has changed in me. As if I was ashamed to be black, as if I was afraid of being taken for an immigrant. , as if I had to prove to people that I was like them, that I was Italian, “he wrote.
With Corriere della Sera, his adoptive father, however, specified that this letter should not be linked to his suicide: “It was an outlet. He was exasperated by the atmosphere in Italy, but it is not because of racism that he committed suicide “. Like Donnarumma, many footballers paid tribute to him, including Manuel Locatelli, current Sassuolo midfielder. “I met him in the youth categories of AC Milan. We were at the boarding school together. I remember his joie de vivre and his smile. The news of his death leaves me very sad.” , he reacted to the Italian media. Visin, who had drawn the line on professional football at the end of the 2016-2017 season, was found lifeless in his apartment.