Claudio Pizarro becomes the Bundesliga’s oldest goalscorer in history

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 16: Claudio Pizarro of Werder Bremen celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and SV Werder Bremen at Olympiastadion on February 16, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

40-year-old Claudio Pizarro made a bit of history on Saturday by becoming the Bundesliga’s oldest goalscorer in Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

The former Peru international came on as a 61st-minute substitute for Breman and netted a crucial equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time with literally the very last kick of the match.

Pizarro shrewdly scored from a free-kick that went right through Hertha’s wall and made him the oldest scorer in Bundesliga history at 40 years, four months and 13 days.

It enabled Pizarro, who has now registered three goals and two assists in 17 Bundesliga appearances this season, to claim the scoring record from former Bremen star Mirko Votava.

The ex-Czech midfielder had held the title of the Bundesliga’s oldest scorer since August 1996, where he found the net against VfB Stuttgart.

Pizarro’s strike cancelled out David Selke’s 25th-minute opener for the hosts and enabled Breman to stay within a point of their opponents in ninth-place.

“I’m very happy, very proud about [becoming the oldest scorer in Bundesliga history],” Pizarro told the Bundesliga website.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt stretches for the ball under pressure from David Luiz and Andreas Christiansen of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on May 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Jovic says he would like to play in England or Italy

The Eintracht Frankfurt striker says he would like to play in a different league than the German Bundesliga.

“We had one opportunity at the end, and we scored. One point is very important.”

Pizzaro has spent almost his entire 23-year playing career in Germany following brief spells in his homeland Peru during his early days and at Chelsea between 2007 to 2009.

The 40-year-old is the Bundesliga’s fifth-highest all-time scorer with 195 goals in 463 matches along with an adding 76 assists in the process.

Pizarro, who is in his fifth spell at Breman, arguably enjoyed the most successful period of his playing career at Bayern Munich, where he won six league titles, five DFB-Pokals and the Champions League.

Aside from that, Pizarro also did well for Peru on the international stage with 20 goals in 85 appearances before retiring in 2016.

It’s currently unclear weather or not the Peruvian will continue his playing career next season.


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