The oldest player to ever feature in a World Cup has his kit and gloves put on display at the FIFA Museum in Zurich.
The myth, the great, the legendary Essam El-Hadary, who officially became the oldest player to ever feature in a World Cup last summer in Russia has been honoured by FIFA, and will be forever engrained in football history after his Egypt national team football shirt and gloves have been put on display at the FIFA Museum.
At 45, El-Hadary was the oldest goalkeeper to ever play at the World Cup, a record previously set by Colombian goalkeeper Mondragon who was 43 when he faced Japan at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Not only did El-Hadary play this summer, he saved a penalty in the tie against Saudi Arabia. Age really is just a number sometimes.
The now internationally-retired goalkeeper was handed his debut in 1996 in what would turn out to be a long and successful career. He won the African Cup four times, and was individually named best goalkeeper in Africa four times too. With Al Ahly, he won the CAF Champions League another three times, as well as the Egyptian Cup and Egyptian Super Cup four times. What a career. And he’s still playing!
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