Gilberto Silva has been reflecting on his record-breaking goal against PSV Eindhoven, which he scored 15 years ago to the day.

15 years ago today (Monday), Gilberto scored the fastest Champions League goal ever band it seems as if the 40-year-old remembers it as if it happened yesterday.

“We started the game and tried to play some passes,” the legend told Arsenal Player. “I remember trying to play a pass but missing it. But we recovered it through Freddie Ljungberg, and he found Thierry Henry. 

“One thing that Edu told me before was to continue my run if Thierry got the ball on the left, because he was gonna pass there. He went past the defender and it was about instinct then. He crossed the ball and I was there to score what was the fastest goal in Champions League history at the time. 

“After, it was broken and it broke my heart a little bit! It was a very happy moment and when I knew it was the fastest goal in the competition’s history, I was amazed by the news.”

It only took Gilberto 20.7 seconds from kick-off to find the back of the net after Thierry Henry pealed away with the ball and crossed the ball into the box.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqsw4NVQ8Z8

The Brazilian’s record, set in 2002, has since been broken.

In March 2007, Roy Makaay scored for Bayern Munich against Real Madrid in 10.12 seconds. Valencia’s Jonas came close four years later against Bayer Leverkusen when he found the back of the net in 10.96 seconds.

Gilberto’s record-breaker, which got the Gunners off to a strong start ahead of a 4-0 victory, was just one of four Champions League goals he scored during his six years at Arsenal. He also found the net 17 times in his 170 Premier League appearances and once in the League Cup.

That season, Arsene Wenger’s side topped their first Champions League group after beating Dortmund and Auxerre before PSV. However, they didn’t make it out of the second group stage after only managing to beat Roma.

Oh well, we won the FA Cup against Southampton at least.

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