Donati playing for Celtic
|Full name||Massimo Donati|
|Date of birth||26 March 1981|
|Place of birth||San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|2002–2003||→ Parma (loan)||7||(1)|
|2003||→ Torino (loan)||17||(4)|
|2003–2004||→ Sampdoria (loan)||19||(0)|
|2004–2006||→ Messina (loan)||67||(2)|
|2006–2007||→ Atalanta (loan)||33||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
From Atalanta to Milan
Donati is a central midfielder and started his career at Atalanta and moved to A.C. Milan in 2001 along with Cristian Zenoni for 60 billion lire in cash plus player deal (Player asset was majority). However, due to the competition at the club, Donati was unable to claim a first team place, spending the 2002–03 season on loan at Parma and then Torino.
Despite finding his form at Messina, Donati still found himself out of favour at Milan and was sent again on loan for the 2006–07 season, this time to his first club Atalanta.
On 29 June 2007, Celtic confirmed the signing of Donati on a four-year contract for a fee of €2million. Donati was given the number 18 jersey, vacated by ex-captain Neil Lennon and was unveiled at Celtic Park. He made his Celtic debut debut in their first league game of the season on 5 August, a 0–0 draw with Kilmarnock. In Celtic's next league game against Falkirk, Donati was involved in his side's equaliser when his shot hit Kenny Milne and went into the net; Celtic won the game 4–1. The following week, Donati grabbed his first competitive Celtic goal with an equalising goal against Aberdeen and later added an assist for Kenny Miller as Celtic won 3–1.
On 28 November, Donati won the match for Celtic in the UEFA Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk, netting in the 92nd minute to win the match 2–1. This result meant Celtic only needed a point away to Donati's former club A.C. Milan in the San Siro to qualify for the last 16 stage of the tournament. Celtic lost 1–0 to Milan, but still qualified for the last 16 as runners-up in their group after Benfica defeated Shakhtar in Ukraine. As the season went on, Donati's form began to dip, resulting in the central midfield positions being changed with Barry Robson and Paul Hartley in place of Donati and Scott Brown. In May 2008, it was reported that Donati wanted to go back to Serie A.
After the appointment of Tony Mowbray as Celtic manager, Donati won back his place in the Celtic midfield alongside new signing Landry N'Guemo. Donati played in most of the pre-season games and scored in a 5–0 win over African Champions League winners Al-Ahly in the Wembley Cup. He started the 2009–10 campaign in fine form and scored from a spectacular volley in Celtic's 3–1 loss to Arsenal in the Champions League play-off.
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