Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi has said that it would be a pleasure for him to reach the list of top 10 goal scorers for the Italian national team. The midfielder scored his 14th goal for the national team in the recent 2-2 draw with Brazil in a friendly match. He has achieved this landmark in 84 matches for the national team. De Rossi is regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation. He is just nine goals short off getting into the top 10 list.

Italy dominated the match against Brazil from the start, but they were extremely disappointed to see the South American team get lucky with two goals in the first half. However, a strong performance from the Italians saw them manage to get the equaliser with De Rossi scoring one of the goals. De Rossi has recalled how he is yet to score for his club team – Roma – despite finding the back of the net for the Italian team on four occasions already this season.

As a result of this goal, De Rossi has moved level with the former great players like Gianni Rivera and  Giovanni Ferrari. Luigi Riva is the highest scorer for the Italian national team with 35 goals to his name.

“My Italy sides have never played as well as that against Brazil. 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,” said De Rossi after the match. This draw means that Italy have not managed a victory in the last three matches.