I don’t feel 36! – Quagliarella reflects on record-setting evening
After becoming the oldest goalscorer in Italy’s history, the Sampdoria striker was full of gratitude
Fabio Quagliarella insisted he does not feel 36 as the veteran reflected on a “beautiful evening” that saw him become Italy’s oldest goalscorer in a thumping 6-0 win over 10-man Liechtenstein.
Sampdoria striker Quagliarella – the top scorer in Serie A this season with 21 goals – converted two first-half penalties in an emphatic Euro 2020 qualifying win for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Tuesday’s match in Parma was the veteran’s first competitive Italy start since a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in October 2009, and the first time he had been named in an Azzurri starting XI in any fixture since a 2010 friendly against Switzerland.
After a dream international break that also saw him come on as a late substitute in Saturday’s win over Finland, Quagliarella showed gratitude to Mancini, his team-mates, and the home support who gave him a standing ovation when he was replaced with 18 minutes remaining.
Quagliarella told Rai: “I am 36 years old, but I don’t feel it! It’s a beautiful evening, wonderful with two goals.