Deportivo Coruna’s 40-year-old defender Donato has become the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish first division after opening the scoring during his side’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.

Prior to Donato’s goal, the record for the oldest scorer had belonged Elche player Cesar, who scored his last league goal in 1960 at the age of 39.

Donato has scored 48 goals in the 459 league games since signing for Atletico Madrid from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama in 1988. He has set his sights on scoring 50 goals before hanging up his boots.

“I hope to score 50 goals,” the defender told the Spanish sports daily Marca.

“It would be a nice figure to reach and there are still a lot of games to go this season.

“I am very happy because it was a long time since I last scored and I had almost forgotten how to celebrate.”