Portugal defender Pepe became the oldest goalscorer
The Portuguese defender Pepe became the oldest goal scorer in Champions League history with a late header for Porto against Royal Antwerp.
Taking his place in European football’s grandest stage, Pepe scored his side’s second with a thumping finish in the 91st minute, becoming the first player over 40 to do so.
The oldest scorer record belonged to Francesco Totti, who was 38 years and 59 days old at the time.
Moreover, Pepe is the oldest outfielder in the history of the competition.
When he started against the same opponents on October 25, he broke that record.
A 43-year-old goalkeeper for Lazio against Real Madrid in December 2007 was the Champions League’s oldest appearance maker – he was 43 years and 252 days old.
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