Massimo Donati

For the Italian cyclist, see Massimo Donati (cyclist).
Not to be confused with Massimo Donadi.
Massimo Donati

Donati playing for Celtic
Personal information
Full name Massimo Donati
Date of birth (1981-03-26) 26 March 1981
Place of birth San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical
Number 21
Youth career
1998–1999 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Atalanta 46 (2)
2001–2007 Milan 17 (0)
2002–2003Parma (loan) 7 (1)
2003Torino (loan) 17 (4)
2003–2004Sampdoria (loan) 19 (0)
2004–2006Messina (loan) 67 (2)
2006–2007Atalanta (loan) 32 (1)
2007–2009 Celtic 31 (3)
2009–2012 Bari 82 (4)
2012–2013 Palermo 46 (2)
2013–2014 Hellas Verona 20 (1)
2014–2016 Bari 51 (3)
2016– Hamilton Academical 12 (1)
National team
2000–2004 Italy U21 26 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:51, 3 December 2016 (UTC).

Massimo Donati (born 26 March 1981 in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy) is an Italian professional footballer who currently plays as a central or defensive midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical.


Atalanta and Milan

Donati is a central midfielder and started his career at Atalanta before moving to A.C. Milan in June 2001 along with Cristian Zenoni for 60 billion lire in a cash-plus-player deal.[2] However, due to the competition at the club, Donati was unable to retain a first team place after his first season, spending the 2002–03 season on loan at Parma and then Torino.

The 2003–04 season, his third as a Milan player, saw him join Sampdoria on loan, before enjoying a successful spell at Messina for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons.

Despite finding his form at Messina, Donati still found himself out of favour at Milan and was again sent on loan, this time returning to his first club Atalanta for the 2006–07 season.


On 29 June 2007, Celtic confirmed the signing of Donati on a four-year contract for a fee of €2million.[3][4] Donati was given the number 18 jersey, vacated by ex-captain Neil Lennon and was unveiled at Celtic Park.[5] He made his Celtic debut in their first league game of the season on 5 August, a 0–0 draw with Kilmarnock.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] This result meant Celtic only needed a point away to Donati's former club A.C. Milan at the San Siro to qualify for the last 16 stage of the tournament. Celtic lost 1–0 to Milan,[10] 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.[11]

In the 2008–09 season, Donati made only a handful of appearances for Celtic, though he started in the home game against Kilmarnock on 12 November 2008 and won the man of the match award.[12]

After the appointment of Tony Mowbray as Celtic manager, Donati won back his place in the Celtic midfield alongside new signing Landry N'Guémo. 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.[13]


On 27 August 2009, Donati left Celtic and signed a four-year contract with Serie A newcomers Bari.[14][15]


On 18 January 2012, Donati left Bari for Palermo in Serie A.[16]

Hellas Verona

In June 2013, Donati was signed by Hellas Verona.[17]


On 26 August 2014, Donati returned to Bari.[18] He scored his first goal in the 2014–15 Serie B season on 13 September 2014, during a 1–1 draw with Frosinone.[19]

Hamilton Academical

On 18 July 2016, Donati returned to Scotland to sign for Hamilton Academical.[20] He scored on his debut as Hamilton won 3–0 against St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup.[21] On 9 November 2016, Donati signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2019.[22]

Career statistics

As of match played on 3 December 2016[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Atalanta 1999–00 Serie B 20110000000211
2000–01 Serie A 26171000000332
Total 46281000000543
Milan 2001–02 Serie A 17030007000270
Parma (loan) 2002–03 Serie A 7120002010121
Torino (loan) 2002–03 Serie A 17400000000174
Sampdoria (loan) 2003–04 Serie A 19040000000230
Messina (loan) 2004–05 Serie A 34110000000351
Messina (loan) 2005–06 Serie A 33100000000331
Atalanta (loan) 2006–07 Serie A 32121000000342
Celtic 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 253200010100374
2008–09 Scottish Premier League 401010100070
2009–10 Scottish Premier League 200000410061
Total 313301015200505
Bari 2009–10 Serie A 32100000000321
2010–11 Serie A 31110000000321
2011–12 Serie B 19231000000223
Total 82441000000865
Palermo 2011–12 Serie A 18200000000182
2012–13 Serie A 28020000000300
Total 46220000000482
Hellas Verona 2013–14 Serie A 20120000000221
Bari 2014–15 Serie B 35200000000352
2015–16 Serie B 16110000000171
Total 51310000000523
Hamilton Academical 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 12100410000162
Career total 44724323512421050930





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  2. Antonello Capone, Andrea Masala (3 June 2001). "Il Milan ha in pugno Thuram e Inzaghi". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  3. AC Milan Spa 2007 Annual Report (Italian)
  4. Reuters UK (25 June 2007). "Celtic sign Donati from Milan". Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  5. Celtic F.C. (28 June 2007). "Massimo Donati passes Celtic medical". Retrieved 28 June 2007.
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  13. McNulty, Phil (26 August 2009). "Arsenal 3 – 1 Celtic (agg 5 – 1)". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  14. "Donati al Bari: è fatta". (in Italian). AS Bari. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  15. "Bari secure Donati transfer deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  16. (19 January 2012). "Official: Palermo sign Massimo Donati from Bari". Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  17. "Ufficiale: Massimo Donati in gialloblù" (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  18. "Massimo Donati torna a Bari, a titolo definitovo dal Verona". F.C. Bari 1908 (in Italian). 26 August 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  19. "Serie B: Perugia da favola, incubo Catania. Bari, pari con il Frosinone". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 13 September 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  20. "Massimo Donati: Hamilton Accies sign former Celtic midfielder". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  21. Berry, Gavin (23 July 2016). "Hamilton 3 St Mirren 0: Former Celtic ace Massimo Donati grabs debut goal in comfortable Accies win". Daily Record. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  22. "Massimo Donati signs contract extension with Hamilton". Sky Sports. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  23. "M. Donati". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  24. Massimo Donati profile at Soccerway
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