The great golden oldie goalscorers in Italian football

Fabio Quagliarella scored in 11 straight games this season, continuing a long tradition of evergreen strikers in Serie A

By Ramez Nathan for The Gentleman Ultra

Fabio Quagliarella made a little bit of history this season. He scored in 11 consecutive games for Sampdoria and equalled a record set by Gabriel Batistuta back in 1994-95. Fittingly, his chance to break that record came against his hometown club, Napoli, just a few days after he had celebrated his 36th birthday. It seemed to be written in the stars, yet there was to be no fairytale ending for Quagliarella. Sampdoria were soundly beaten 3-0.

Nevertheless, what the 36-year-old had achieved – and continues to achieve – is remarkable. Scoring goals is meant to be the hardest skill in football yet Quagliarella reminds us that veteran strikers are part of Serie A’s fabric. With that in mind, let’s honour those forwards who have continued to flourish in the twilight years of their careers.

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