Who is the oldest player to score in the Champions League?

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  • FT Desk
  • Updated: November 3, 2021, 20:31 CET
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Francesco Totti, Cska Moscow v Roma, 2014

Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the history of the Champions League after finding the net for Roma against Manchester City at the age of 38 years, one month and 29 days.

The Roma legend found the net in a Champions League group game in Moscow against CSKA Moscow on November 25, 2014, opening the scoring in a 1-1 draw.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turned 40 in October, has the chance to become the oldest scorer ever in the Champions League during this season's group stage for AC Milan.

Currently, the second oldest player to score in the Champions League since its rebrand in 1992/93 is Ryan Giggs for Man Utd against Benfica at the age of 37 years, nine months and 16 days.

Man Utd hero Giggs got on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw with Benfica on September 14, 2011.

Completing the podium in list of the oldest Champions League goalscorers of all time is AC Milan goal machine Pippo Inzaghi.

Inzaghi was 37 years, two months and 25 days when he scored for Milan against Real Madrid on November 3, 2010.

Top 10 oldest scorers in Champions League history

PlayerAge
Francesco Totti (Cska Moscow v ROMA), 201438y, 1m, 29d
Ryan Giggs (Benfica v MAN UTD, 2011)37y, 9m, 16d
Pippo Inzaghi (AC MILAN v Real Madrid, 2010)37y, 9m, 16d
Javier Zanetti (INTER v Spurs, 2010)37y, 2m, 10d
Laurent Blanc (Olympiakos v MAN UTD, 2002)36y, 11m, 4d
Paolo Maldini (AC MILAN v Liverpool, 2005)36y, 10m, 29d
Bryan Robson (MAN UTD v Galatasaray, 1993)36y, 9m, 9d
Cristiano Ronaldo (Atalanta v MAN UTD, 2021)36y, 8m, 27d
Didier Drogba (Schalke v CHELSEA, 2014)36y, 8m, 14d
Lee Dixon (ARSENAL v Sparta Prague, 2000)36y, 7m, 8d

The fourth oldest scorer in Champions League history is Inter legend Javier Zanetti.

The Argentine was 37 years, two months and 10 days when he swept the ball home in a classic 4-3 win over Tottenham on October 20, 2010. This is a game most famous for Gareth Bale hitting a hat-trick at San Siro for the away team.

The fifth oldest scorer in history is Laurent Blanc, who was 36 years, 11 months and four days when scoring for Man Utd against Olympiakos on October 23, 2002.

The other stars to feature in the top 10 Champions League scorers in history are Paolo Maldini, Bryan Robson, Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lee Dixon.