Oldest Players in World Cup History – Sports Blog

Who is the oldest player in World Cup history? Are they all goalkeepers?

Soccer School offers a little insight into the 5 oldest soccer players to have played in the World Cup.

Goalkeepers clearly dominate this list, with two Brits holding the legend at the end of this amazing collection of footballers.

Who could forget Roger Milla and his incredible corner flag celebration at the Italia 90 World Cup? A true legend of the game.

However, at the top of the list is legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who played his entire career in MENA in addition to 30 appearances for FC Sion in Switzerland, having played for clubs in Egypt, Saudi and Sudan.

1. Essam El-Hadary

El-Hadary was 45 years and 10 days old when he started for Egypt against Saudi Arabia in their final group game at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

El-Hadary played a total of 1,028 matches for club and country Over 300 appearances in a career spanning 26 years with Egyptian powerhouse Al-Ahly. He is one of the best players to play for Egypt.

The cover image shows Essam tearfully apologizing to Egyptian fans after they crashed out of the 2018 World Cup.

2. Faryd Mondragon

On 24 June 2014, goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón was 43 years and 3 days old when he came on as an 85th-minute substitute for Colombia against Japan in their final group game.

Mondragon played all over the world during his career, including Argentina, Paraguay, Spain, France, Turkey, Germany, USA and his native Colombia.

3. Roger Milla