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Egyptian Legend Essam El-Hadary Announces His Retirement From International Football

The veteran goalkeeper hangs up his boots for good, at least when it comes to international football.

Who thought this moment would ever come? Legendary Egyptian international goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has announced his retirement from international football, saying his goodbyes in a statement on his Facebook page today.

The 45 year-old made history at the World Cup this summer, becoming the oldest player to ever feature in the competition, in a game against Saudi Arabia where he saved a penalty.

"After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves. I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements”, he said.

In a long and illustrious career, El-Hadary won the African Cup four times, and was chosen as best goalkeeper of the competition three times; in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

El-Hadary currently represents Egyptian club Ismaily in club football. You can read his long and emotional goodbye letter here.

Main image from mykhel.com


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