Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov was born 27 November 1982 in Kingisepp, Russia. He is a Russian football manager and former professional player who played as a striker. Aleksandr Kerzhakov is the most prolific goalscorer in the history of Russian football, with the number of goals scored in competitive games standing at 233. He is described as a forward who likes to “drop deep to link with the midfield, expecting players to break beyond him” for whom he creates space. A full international since 2002, Aleksandr Kerzhakov earned 90 caps for Russia and played at two World Cups and two European Championships. In 2014, he surpassed the record held by Vladimir Beschastnykh for most goals for the Russian national team.