STEPHAN EL SHAARAWY has become the youngest Milan player ever to score in the Champs League.
Milan got a great result against Zenit St. Petersburg away on Wednesday and this puts them in 2nd place in Group C – just behind the impressive Malaga who won both of their games, scoring 3 goals each time.
The Rossoneri struggled with Zenit’s pressure but produced some great moments of football, with the best one being the second goal as Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brilliant goal to double Milan’s lead.
Milan eventually won due to an own goal as Zenit fought back from 0-2 down to 2-2, but El Shaarawy entered the Milan history books as the he has become the youngest player in il Diavolo’s history to score a goal in the Champions League – beating a record set by Alex Pato, who didn’t play yesterday, back in 2009.
El Shaarawy is on a fantastic form as he scored five goals in the last four games and won La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Man of the Match award in every one of these games. “This season El Shaarawy has played 9 matches and scored 5 goals, and it’s a good statistic,” Milan vice President and chief executive Adriano Galliani told the press after the game in Russia. “This is his season. He was really just a kid last year.”
El Shaarawy is also the first teenager to score for Milan as he only turns 20 later this month. Here’s the top 5 over the youngest goalscorers for Milan in the Uefa’s elite competition for clubs (years and days):
- 19 years and 342 days: Stephan El Shaarawy (03 October 2012).
- 20 year and 49 days: Alexandre Pato (21 October 2009).
- 20 years and 64 days: Yoann Gourcuff (13 September 2006).
- 20 years and 143 days: Tomas Locatelli (30 October 1996).
- 20 years and 233 days: Christian Panucci (01 December 1993).