Mifsud set to win record 123rd cap for Malta

Michael Mifsud has registered more goals for Malta than the next two highest scorers combined and on Tuesday he is poised to set a new mark for appearances, too.

Michael Mifsud winning his 122nd cap on Friday
Michael Mifsud winning his 122nd cap on Friday ©Domenic Aquilina

Michael Mifsud is already Malta's record goalscorer by some distance, and on Tuesday he is poised to set a new national high of 123 appearances as his side take on Iceland in a friendly.

"I never thought I would reach this target when I made my debut for Malta against Albania in 2000," he told UEFA.com. "It is ample reward for all the hard work and sacrifices I have made to get to where I am. I am a fighter."

Indeed, the 35-year-old has struggled to hold down a starting place at Valletta this season but he is a difficult man to keep down, every bit the "Mosquito" as he was dubbed by Coventry fans during his time in England. His two goals at Old Trafford in a famous League Cup win in 2007 are stuff of legend in those parts.

Mifsud has also had spells at Kaiserslautern and Melbourne Heart, and his tally of 40 goals for Malta is more than the next two highest scorers combined. It is over a year since his last international goal and he reckons there is no better time to end that drought than Tuesday. "That would be the icing on the cake," he smiled.

Malta's centurions
122 – Michael Mifsud
122 – David Carabott
119 – Gilbert Agius
111 – Carmel Busuttil
101 – Joe Brincat

Malta's top scorers
40 – Michael Mifsud
23 – Carmel Busuttil
12 – David Carabott