Pizarro becomes Bundesliga’s oldest ever goalscorer

Claudio Pizarro celebrates scoring for Werder Bremen

Mirko Votava’s record as the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Bundesliga has been broken by Werder Bremen veteran Claudio Pizarro.

Claudio Pizarro became the oldest goalscorer in Bundesliga history as his last-gasp free-kick rescued Werder Bremen in a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Ex-Peru international Pizarro cannily stroked a set-piece through the home side’s wall in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

At 40 years, four months and 13 days, the veteran attacker claimed the record previously held by ex-Bremen midfielder Mirko Votava, who was just over a month younger when he netted against Stuttgart in August 1996.

The goal was Pizarro’s third in 17 league appearances this term and kept Werder within a point of ninth-placed Hertha.

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

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

Pizarro has had five separate spells with Werder, first joining them Allianza Lima in 1999.

He has also spent time at Chelsea and Bayern Munich in a lengthy career at the top level.

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