UECL: Ayoub El Kaabi Breaks Ronaldo, Benzema, Falcao’s Record in Olympiacos Win Over Fiorentina

UECL: Ayoub El Kaabi Breaks Ronaldo, Benzema, Falcao’s Record in Olympiacos Win Over Fiorentina

Raphael Abiola
May 29, 2024 at 11:17 PM
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  • Ayoub El Kaabi led Olympiacos to their first-ever European title in the UEFA Europa Conference League
  • The Moroccan striker broke Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Radamel Falcao's record in the final
  • The former Hatayspor star was also name the Man of the Match in final against Fiorentina on Wednesday

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Moroccan international Ayoub El Kaabi has etched his name in the UEFA record books ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Radamel Falcao in Olympiacos' Europa Conference League triumph against Fiorentina.

The Moroccan striker scored the only goal at the OPAP Arena as the Greek side condemned the Italian side to a successive UECL final loss.

The Greek giants won their first-ever European trophy, all thanks to El Kaabi's brilliance late in the game.

Ayoub El Kaabi with the Conference League 2023/24 final trophy after the match between Olympiacos FC and ACF Fiorentina at AEK Arena on May 29, 2024. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt.
Ayoub El Kaabi with the Conference League 2023/24 final trophy after the match between Olympiacos FC and ACF Fiorentina at AEK Arena on May 29, 2024. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt.
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El Kaabi breaks Ronaldo, Benzema, Falcao's record

The Moroccan striker's goal against Fiorentina in the UECL final etched his name into the history books of European club competitions.

According to a report by ESPN, per Squawka, the former Al Sadd star became the first player to score 11 goals in a single UEFA club competition knockout stage.

Ronaldo and Benzema scored 10 goals in the UEFA Champions League knockout games in 2017 and 2022, respectively, while Falcao found the back of the net with the same number of goals, but it was in the Europa League in 2012.

The 30-year-old striker also ended his night with a Man of the Match award, and he's in pole position to be named the tournament's best player.

Ronaldo hits new milestone

Sports Brief earlier reported on Ronaldo reaching yet another incredible milestone in his illustrious career after netting twice in Al-Nassr's final game in the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League (SPL) season against Al-Ittihad.

The Portuguese veteran struck on either side of halftime to etch his name in the history books of the Saudi top-flight league.

Moroccan forward, Abderrazak Hamdallah, who beat CR7 to the top scorer award last term, set the previous record for most goals in a single season with 34 in the 2018/19 campaign.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.