Pepe, first ever scorer aged 40+ in EC&UCL !

The Portuguese defender Pepe once again wrote his name in the history of Europe's main club tournament. In the game vs Royal Antwerp (2-0), he became the first ever goal scorer aged 40+, not only in the modern era of the Champions League (since 1992), but also including the period of  European Cup (since 1955). His exact age was 40 years 254 days.
Pepe broke the age record that had stood since 1960 and belonged to the Norwegian Willy Olsen.
Regarding the Champions League only, Francesco Totti held the record until yesterday (38 years 59 days). Pepe exceeded his achievement by more than 2.5 years!
Just 2 weeks ago, in the previous round of the Champions League, Pepe set another record in the tournament’s history, becoming the oldest outfield player.
On the same day as Pepe, another “old” goal was scored by Olivier Giroud (for Milan), who took 15th place in the ranking, which covers the entire history of the tournament, and 8th in a separate ranking for the Champions League.

 PlayerNationalityClubAge GameDate
1PepePortugalPorto40-254 Royal Antwerp 2-007/11/2023
2Willy OlsenNorwayFredrikstad39-219Ajax 4-331/08/1960
3Manfred BurgsmüllerGermanyWerder 38-294Dynamo Berlin 5-011/10/1988
4Gordon SmithScotlandDundee38-292Anderlecht 2-113/03/1963
5Ferenc PuskásSpainReal Madrid38-174Feijenoord 5-022/09/1965
6Francesco TottiItalyRoma38-059CSKA Moscow 1-125/11/2014
7John O'NeillIrelandWaterford38-011Újpesti Dózsa 2-319/09/1973
8Alfredo di StéfanoSpainReal Madrid37-308Zürich 6-007/05/1964
9Ryan GiggsWalesManchester United37-289Benfica 1-114/09/2011
10Filippo InzaghiItalyMilan37-086Real Madrid 2-203/11/2010
11Javier ZanettiArgentinaInter37-071Tottenham 4-320/10/2010
12Henri SkibaFrance La Chaux-de-Fonds37-064Saint-Étienne 2-016/09/1964
13Luka Modrić CroatiaReal Madrid37-054Celtic 5-102/11/2022
 Edin Džeko.Bosnia & HInter37-054Milan 2-010/05/2023
15Olivier GiroudFranceMilan37-038PSG 2-107/11/2023