Filippo Inzaghi tops the European goalscoring charts
AC Milan’s Filippo Inzaghi said it was a “dream” to surpass Raul and Gerd MÃƒÂ¼ller’s European goalscoring record after scoring a brace against Real Madrid at the San Siro on Wednesday night.
The 37-year-old was introduced as a second-half substitute with Milan trailing 1-0 Jose Mourinho’s men. The former Juventus striker’s ten-minute brace put the hosts in front only for Pedro Leon’s injury-time equaliser to earn the La Liga side a point.
His two goals saw him overtake Raul and MÃƒÂ¼ller’s tally of 69 goals in all European competitions and overhaul Andriy Shevchenko as the Rossoneri’s leading scorer in Europe with 40.
“I’m very happy, it’s a great evening for me,” said Inzaghi. “Setting this record at the San Siro in front of my supporters has always been one of my dreams.
“Now a phase of my 20-year career comes to an end, although the equaliser at the end of the match spoiled the night a little bit.
“I give credit to the supporters for [the records], their cheering gave me an incredible lift when I stood up from the bench.
“When I’m at the San Siro, all the joyful moments I’ve spent wearing the Milan shirt come to my mind. I knew I was ready to play, I feel in great shape, but in the end the result left me a bit disappointed, even though I scored twice from two shots.
He added: “With this brace I overtook Shevchenko as the most prolific Milan player in European club competitions. I also overtook Gerd Muller and Van Basten. I want to thank everyone who has been close to me, my family, my brother, my girlfriend.”