Francesco Totti and the 10 Oldest Goalscorers in Champions League History

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2014

Francesco Totti and the 10 Oldest Goalscorers in Champions League History

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    In hindsight, the social media team at Manchester City probably regret tweeting that Roma's Francesco Totti has "never scored in England, has he?"

    Fate was tempted, and the veteran Roma forward became the oldest scorer in Champions League history on Tuesday night. 

    In honour of Totti's achievement, here is the top-10 list of oldest Champions league goalscorers, which he tops... 

10. Gheorghe Hagi

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    Romanian midfielder Gheorghe Hagi earned the adoration of Galatasaray fans during five seasons in Turkey.

    In 2000-01, his final campaign before retiring, Hagi became one of the oldest European Cup goalscorers in history with an audacious lob in a 2-0 victory over Milan. He was 36 years and 30 days old in the game on 7 March 2001. 

9. Ulf Kirsten

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    Arsenal's visit to Bayer Leverkusen in February 2002 was going well after Robert Pires opened the scoring. However, a Ray Parlous red card and an injury-time goal from striker Ulf Kirsten meant they shared the points. 

    Kirsten was 36 years and 127 days old when he bagged the equaliser. 

8. Dennis Bergkamp

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    Arsenal went all the way to the Champions League final in 2005-06, but they needed a 92nd-minute goal from veteran Dennis Bergkamp to beat Swiss side FC Thun in their first group-stage match.

    The non-flying Dutchman was 36 years and 127 days old

7. Lee Dixon

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    Arsenal defeated Sparta Prague 4-2 at Highbury in October 2000, with right-back Lee Dixon bagging the third goal at the age of 36 years and 222 days

6. Paolo Maldini

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    Liverpool enjoyed one of the most famous nights in their history at the 2005 Champions League final, despite going 3-0 down to Milan at half-time.

    Rossoneri captain Paolo Maldini opened the scoring after just one minute, just two days shy of his 37th birthday (he was 36 years and 333 days old).  

5. Laurent Blanc

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    French defender Laurent Blanc scored four goals in his time at Manchester United, three of which were in the Champions League.

    Larry White's last came in a dramatic 3-2 victory at Olympiakos in October 2002, when he was 36 years and 338 days old

4. Javier Zanetti

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    A few weeks before Inter Milan visited White Hart Lane for the famous "Taxi for Maicon" game, Tottenham were defeated 4-3 at the San Siro.

    Veteran defender Javier Zanetti opened the scoring in the second minute at the spritely age of 37 years and 71 days.  

3. Filippo Inzaghi

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    Milan faced Real Madrid on 3 November 2010 with a view to securing progression to the knockout rounds. The match finished 2-2, with Pippo Inzaghi bagging both goals for the Italians. He was 37 years and 86 days old.

2. Ryan Giggs

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    Manchester United failed to progress from the group stage of the 2011-12 Champions League, but there was a silver lining for Ryan Giggs, who scored the Red Devils' opening goal of the campaign in style at Benfica.

    He was 37 years and 289 days old

1. Francesco Totti

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    After 22 seasons with Roma, Francesco Totti is still capable of producing the goods. 

    Il Gladiatore equalised for the Giallorossi in the 23rd minute of their trip to Eastlands on Tuesday with a sublime chip over Joe Hart. He was 38 years and three days old

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