Nineteen-year-old Stephan El-Shaarawy is hailed as AC Milan’s youngest player to score in the Champions League game on Wednesday over a 3-2 success against Zenit St. Petersburg, reported by Ahram online.
“It was a very tough game in which we struggled until the end, but we’re very satisfied and will enjoy this victory,” El-Shaarawy told reporters after the game, as quoted by Egypt’s al-Ahram Online.
“With the players we have, we can create many scoring opportunities,” he added, “we started very well and then lost intensity, partly due to pressure by Zenit, but at the end of the day we didn’t lose our shape and won.”
El-Shaarawy is born to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father in Italy.
The teenager said that he would rather play for Italy rather than Egypt. He has been courted by teams Juventus and Inter Milan but has chosen to join the Italian team AC Milan.
He has joined AC Milan in 2011 and has scored six goals in 28 appearances.
El-Shaarawy is AC Milan’s current top scorer in the Seria A games, having pitched in four goals over the six weeks.
El-Shaarawy has signed a contract with the team until 2017.