Filippo Inzaghi tops the European goalscoring charts

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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AC Milan’s Filippo Inzaghi said it was a “dream” to surpass Raul and Gerd Müller’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 Müller’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.”

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