Pepe Sand achieved a record that leaves him above Labruna, Kempes, Palermo and other glories

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After playing for River for more than two decades and becoming the top scorer in Argentine football, Angel Amadeo Labruna played for Talca in Chile, Rampla Juniors in Uruguay and Platense in the old Primera B. But he scored his last goal at Montevideo, on November 13, 1960, in the 4-2 victory against Liverpool in the old Nelson Park (now the Pedro Arispe Olympic Stadium). He was 42 years, one month and 14 days old.

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Mario Alberto Kempes was also 41 when he was hired by Pelita Jaya from Indonesia in the double function of player and coach, on March 30, 1996. Four months later, on July 15, he turns 42. In his last professional team, in the Indonesian first division tournament, he scored 10 goals. But they all left before 42 years and 5 months. Because already on December 18, 1996 he arrived in Albania to be the coach of Lushnja.

Labruna and Kempes they were the two longest-serving Argentines to score a goal in a First Division tournament. José Gustavo Sand, who scored against Arsenal from a penalty on Friday, aged 42 years, 8 months and 21 days, has left behind the marks of two Argentine footballing glories and set a new record. Pepe will turn 43 on July 17 and can still extend his all-time record.

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The crack.  Labruna, in the Monumental.  In River he wrote glorious pages.

The crack. Labruna, in the Monumental. In River he wrote glorious pages.

But the goal he scored in the tenth round was also his first of 2023, almost 25 years after the first he scored for the Colón in the Apertura 99. He later played several years in the promotion and others abroad, taking the Taking calendar years, Sand scored goals in First Division tournaments in 17 different years, beating Martín Palermo, the great goalscorer of the 21st century, by one, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Esteban Fuertes and Santiago Silva, other contemporary strikers. Norberto Alonso and was one behind Ricardo Bochini, who scored in 18 different and, moreover, consecutive years (1972-1989).

Surely in this area you will not be able to match Labruna, who scored 293 goals in 21 different years (1938-1958). Labruna together with Arsenio Erico are the top scorers of the First Division tournament in the history of Argentine football. Sand has 162 goals and ranks 28th among the top goalscorers of the pro era. Like Pepe, Ricardo Infante also scored goals in 17 different years, while Estudiantes star Manuel Pelegrina scored for 19 years.

Mario Kempes, with the shirt of Pelita Jaya, his last club.

Mario Kempes, with the shirt of Pelita Jaya, his last club.

Sand, in his 25-year career, scored 311 goals in 731 official matches. He wore the shirt of 16 clubs, as well as playing 2 games for the national team. He lost ground in River but made his debut in Colón. Also, from Lanús, club in which he has 301 matches and 167 goals (club top scorer), he played for Independiente Rivadavia de Mendoz, Vitoria in Brazil, Defensores de Belgrano, Banfield, Al Ain in UAE, Deportivo La Coruña from Spain , Tijuana from Mexico, Racing, Tigre, Argentinos, Boca Unidos, Aldosivi and Deportivo Cali from Colombia.

As always, all the information about Pepe Sand and the rest of the players who are playing in the current First Division Tournament can be reviewed in the Clarín Interactive Guide, updated until this Sunday, April 9, after the 10th date.

It is also worth clarifying that in the Second Division of Argentine football the record is held by Nueva Chicago’s Christian Gómez, who celebrated for the last time at 43 years and ten months.

Source: Clarin

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