It was the most important game in Leandro’s career.
The Italian international’s brace helped his side win 3-2 at Pescara in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus, the first time that Italy had ever beaten Juventus in the competition.
In the last minute, Leandro burst into the area and fired a shot into the top corner.
It was a fitting end to a season that had seen him score six goals and win two Serie A titles, including the 2013/14 Serie A title.
Leandro had just scored in his first Serie A game, and with that goal he broke the legendary Serie A record of 12 goals in a single game, with the first player to do it, Mario Perisic, having done it on 10 occasions.
“I have always played with an eye on the goal, I just wanted to score a goal, to show what a great striker I am,” said Leandro.
“It was a fantastic goal.
I want to keep it forever. “
For me, the goal was the biggest achievement of my career.
I want to keep it forever.
I am happy to be the first to achieve it, and that is why I have decided to take the next step.”
Leandro scored a brace against Juventus in his debut in the Champions League in January, which ended with a 3-3 draw.
He scored two goals in his second game for Juventus against Sampdoria in March, helping his side reach the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
In April, Leangelo scored a stunning volley in the penalty area in the 1-0 victory over Udinese, which brought the Italian side to the quarter- finals.
In May, he scored a hat-trick against Inter Milan, helping them reach the final of the Champions Leagues.
On the day of the match against Udinese on 11 June, Leore was presented with the UEFA Golden Shoe, the most prestigious award of all time for his performances in the Europa League, Serie A and Champions League.
This season, Leores goals have put him in the top five of all the Italian players with at least 100 goals in the tournament.
Leore has now scored 100 goals for the second time in his career, as he also set the record in 2016/17 for the most goals in one season, when he scored 114.