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Oldest Champions League players, scorers, finalists and winners

Marco Ballotta, Francesco Totti and Paolo Maldini are among the UEFA Champions League's high-achieving veterans.

Paolo Maldini was nearly 39 when he lifted the trophy in 2007
Paolo Maldini was nearly 39 when he lifted the trophy in 2007 Bongarts/Getty Images

Italian players predominate in our lists of veteran high-achievers in the history of the UEFA Champions League; the oldest players, scorers, final winners and final scorers are all Serie A stalwarts.

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Who are the oldest Champions League players?

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43 years 252 days: Marco Ballotta (Lazio) vs Real Madrid, 11/12/07
42 years 315 days: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) vs Barcelona, 02/12/20
41 years 255 days: Olexandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv) vs Napoli, 13/09/16
41 years 206 days: Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea) vs Atlético, 22/04/14
40 years 275 days: Allan McGregor (Rangers) vs Ajax, 01/11/22

"You need to stay motivated," said Marco Ballotta as the goalkeeper explained how he became the oldest player to appear in the Champions League and Serie A. "But the most important thing is to keep having fun, both in training and in matches. Add to that an injury-free career and you have the answer." The five oldest Champions League players are all keepers; former Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta (40 years 211 days, vs AEK Athens, 21/11/06) is the oldest outfielder.

Who are the oldest Champions League goalscorers?

Champions League icon: Francesco Totti

38 years 59 days: Francesco Totti (Roma) vs CSKA Moskva, 25/11/14
37 years 289 days: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) vs Benfica, 14/09/11
37 years 86 days: Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan) vs Real Madrid, 03/11/10
37 years 71 days: Javier Zanetti (Inter) vs Tottenham Hotspur, 20/10/10
37 years 54 days: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid) vs Celtic, 02/11/22
37 years 54 days: Edin Džeko (Inter) vs AC Milan, 10/05/23

Forward Francesco Totti became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history when he struck at Manchester City a few days after his 38th birthday; Roma's captain then extended his lead when he struck against CSKA Moskva later the same season. "I've said before: I am 38 but I don't feel it," he told UEFA.com.

Who are the oldest Champions League winners?

Champions League 100 club: Paolo Maldini

38 years 331 days: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) vs Liverpool, 23/05/07
37 years 46 days: Pietro Vierchowod (Juventus) vs Ajax, 22/05/96
37 years 34 days: Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan) vs Juventus, 28/05/03
36 years 285 days: Javier Zanetti (Inter) vs Bayern München, 22/05/10
36 years 276 days: Marco Materazzi (Inter) vs Bayern München, 22/05/10

Who are the oldest Champions League finalists?

40 years 211 days: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United) vs Barcelona, 28/05/11
39 years 126 days: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) vs Real Madrid, 03/06/17
38 years 331 days: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) vs Liverpool, 23/05/07
38 years 66 days: Lothar Matthäus (Bayern München) vs Manchester United, 26/05/99
37 years 180 days: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) vs Barcelona, 28/05/11

Who is the oldest Champions League final goalscorer?

36 years 333 days: Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) vs Liverpool, 25/05/05

AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini became the competition's oldest final scorer the night his side endured perhaps the most famous defeat in recent Champions League history, surrendering a 3-0 lead in Istanbul before losing on penalties. His team made amends in the 2007 final, their 2-1 win over Liverpool in Athens enabling Maldini to become the oldest player to lift the trophy.