The captain rarely hits the back of the net, as he hadnâ€™t done so in all competition since February 2008, but in Europe that drought stretched back even further.
â€śMy last Champions League goal was away to Sturm Graz, 12 years ago... I am happy to have netted tonight,â€ť said the man who set a new record aged 37 years and 71 days.
He opened the scoring within 68 seconds of the 4-3 victory over Tottenham, though his side was 4-0 up after 35 minutes.
â€śIt was a great goal, but Samuel Etoâ€™o did brilliantly to set me up and I disguised myself as Diego Milito! It was the kind of goal he usually scores.
â€śIt was also nice to mark my 135th European game with a goal. Unfortunately there was a drop in concentration and that must not happen again, but the important thing is that we took home the points.
â€śWe did so well for an hour and this gave us confidence, but we mustnâ€™t make these mistakes again. At least we can comment on these errors with a victory in our pockets.â€ť