Friday March 22 2013
De Rossi levels Rivera tally

Daniele De Rossi says he would be honoured to join the ranks of Italy’s all-time top goalscorers.

The Roma midfielder netted in the 2-2 draw against Brazil on Thursday, his 14th goal for the Azzurri in 84 caps.

“My Italy sides have never played as well as that against Brazil,” he stated after the Geneva friendly. “We did well in the first half too despite the fact that we went in at the break 2-0 down.

“My goal? I’ve scored four goals for the national side this season and none for Roma yet… It would be an honour for me to become one of the top scorers in the history of my country.”

The midfielder’s net-rippler on Thursday means that he has now scored as many goals for Italy as Giovanni Ferrari and Gianni Rivera.

Only 19 players have scored more goals for the Azzurri than De Rossi, but he’ll need another nine strikes to get into the Top 10 scorers’ list.

Gigi Riva leads the way with 35 goals, two ahead of Giuseppe Meazza and five clear of Silvio Piola.