Pepe emerges as the oldest champions league goalscorer

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With a late header to help Porto defeat Royal Antwerp in Group H, Portugal defender Pepe became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history.

Pepe, who is 40 years and 254 days old, became the first player over 40 to score in the main event of European football when he scored his team’s second goal with a thunderous strike in the 91st minute.

At 38 years and 59 days, Francesco Totti had held the record for the oldest scorer.

In the annals of the sport, Pepe is the oldest outfield player as well.

Pepe began against the same opponents on October 25.

When he played for Lazio against Real Madrid in December 2007, keeper Marco Ballotta was 43 years and 252 days old, becoming him the oldest player to compete in a Champions League match.

List: Champions League’s oldest scorers

Pepe (FC Porto) v Royal Antwerp, 7 November 2023 – 40 years and 254 days

Francesco Totti (Roma) v CSKA Moskva, 25 November 2014 – 38 years 59 days

Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) v Benfica, 14 September 2011 – 37 years 290 days

Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan) v Real Madrid, 3 November 2010 – 37 years 87 days

Javier Zanetti (Inter) v Tottenham Hotspur, 20 November 2010 – 37 years 72 days

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) v Celtic, 2 November 2022 – 37 years 54 days

Edin Dzeko (Inter) v AC Milan, 10 May 2023 – 37 years 54 days

Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) v Paris St-Germain, 07 November 2023 – 37 years 38 days

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