Former Barcelona and Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came from four months injured to register a goal in their third Serie A game of the season against Lazio. The Swedish international is currently the oldest foreign goalscorer in the Italian Serie A.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Becomes the Oldest Player to Score in Serie A
The 39-year-old tapped in AC Milan’s second goal after Rafael Leao scored the opener in the first half of the game. Later in the match, Ibrahimovic forcefully rubbed Lucas Leiva’s head, and Maurizio Sarri ran onto the pitch to remonstrate, earning the Lazio coach a red card.
The former Inter Milan player is 39 years and 344 days old. He has now surpassed Bruno Alves’ record as the most senior foreign player to net in Italy’s top flight. He has played for Manchester United, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan. Since May, he has been out because of a knee injury but has now scored in 24 different league seasons, dating back to the 1998-99 Swedish league.
AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli commenting on the striker’s performance, said: “Ibrahimovic never gets old, and he has great passion, a fire burning inside him.” He also said: “He competes to win, he always trains to the maximum, and he does so with pleasure. When you are like that, you do not feel the years go by.”