Marco Ballotta is an Italian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper and forward. His professional career spanned a quarter of a century, but he was never capped for the Italian national team. He also held the distinction of being the oldest player ever to appear in both the Serie A and the Champions League. During 15 Serie A seasons, Ballotta appeared in 138 games for six clubs, mainly Lazio.
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In the 2007-2008 season Ballotta started in all Champions League matches, in which he also became the oldest player ever to play in the competition during a 1–1 draw with Olympiacos F.C. on 18 September 2007, at the age of 43 years and 168 days, beating the previous record held by another Italian, Alessandro Costacurta, who was 40 years and 211 days in Milan’s loss to AEK Athens F.C. on 21 November 2006. Ballotta retired after his contract with Lazio expired at the end of the season, expressing an interest in continuing his career, before eventually signing a deal as general manager at former club Modena. This experience was however short-lived and, after just 35 days, he decided to stop working at the club. In late 2008, Ballotta returned to active, with Prima Categoria (eighth level) side Calcara Samoggia, but in another position: forward