Egypt goalkeeper becomes oldest player in World Cup history

Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup finals history when he played for Egypt against Saudi Arabia aged 45 years and 161 days.

The goalkeeper was born on January 15, 1973.

Here, we look at the five eldest players to play at a finals, prior to El Hadary:

Faryd Mondragon

Faryd Mondragon played for Colombia at the 2014 tournament (Joe Giddens/Empics)

43 years and three days
Colombia, goalkeeper, W 4-1 v Japan, 2014 group stage.

Roger Milla

Cameroon’s Roger Milla is the only outfield player in the top five oldest players list (Tony Marshall/Empics)

42 years, one month and eight days
Cameroon, forward, L 6-1 v Russia, 1994 group stage.

Pat Jennings

Northern Ireland’s Pat Jennings played at a World Cup finals on his 41st birthday (Peter Robinson/Empics)

41 years
Northern Ireland, goalkeeper, L 3-0 v Brazil, 1986 group stage.

Peter Shilton

England goalkeeper Peter Shilton played his final international in the third-placed play-off loss to Italy at Italia 90 (Ross Kinnaird/Empics)

40 years, nine months and 19 days
England, goalkeeper, L 2-1 v Italy, 1990 third-place play-off

Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff won the 1982 tournament with Italy (Peter Robinson/Empics)

40 years, four months and 13 days
Italy, goalkeeper, W 3-1 v West Germany, 1982 final

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