Zlatan Ibrahimovic has broken the record for oldest goalscorer in Serie A with a penalty for AC Milan against Udinese.
The Swede set a new benchmark at 41 years and 166 days, beating Alessandro Costacurta’s previous record of 41 years and 25 days.
Ibrahimovic was made to wait in a chaotic first half as he saw his initial penalty in stoppage time saved Marco Silvestri, but he was allowed a redemption shot.
The Udinese striker Beto’s encroachment meant a rebound was in demand, with Ibrahimovic making no mistake as he fired the second attempt into the roof of the net.
The striker had already broken the record for oldest player in Serie A by taking to the pitch, which he did with the captain’s armband.
It was one of many highlights in a wild first half, with former Watford man Roberto Pereyra opening the scoring, before Beto repaired his encroachment by making it 2-1 just before the half-time whistle.
Udinese continued to capitalize, with Kingsley Ehizibue making it 3-1 in the second half.
Ibrahimovic had been out of action with a knee injury since May 2022 but returned to the Milan bench in February, ahead of three appearances as a substitute and then the debut against Udinese.
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Curiously, the former oldest goalscorer, Costacurta, also set his record while playing for Milan against Udinese, and even did it on the spot as well.
Ibrahimovic will hope this is far from his last act for Milan, with a Champions League quarter-final against Napoli yet to come.
Milan are 20 points behind leaders Napoli in the Serie A title race, but Ibrahimovic will dream of ending his storied career by finally winning the European Cup.