Russia 2018: Egypt's El-Hadary Breaks World Cup Record
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has broken a record to become the oldest player in World Cup history when he started against Saudi Arabia on Monday afternoon.
Egypt have already crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after losing their first two matches against Uruguay and host Russia, but El-Hadary, 45, will at least be heading home with a World Cup record.
El-Hadary’s game against Saudi Arabia, same country he plays his club football for Taawon, will also be his first World Cup appearance.
El-Hadary, who has 158 caps for his country but none at a World Cup, made his full international debut aged 23 back in 1996 under Ruud Krol.
Since making his debut, the goalkeeper has gone on to win four African Cup of Nations titles with Egypt and has been named the best goalkeeper at the tournament on three occasions.
He has overtaken Faryd Mondragon, who featured at the 2014 tournament in Brazil for Colombia at 43 years and three days old, at the top of the list and forced some famous names further down the list.
Former Cameroon international Roger Milla remains the oldest outfield player ever to set foot on the World Cup stage, while El-Hadary's appearance will see Northern Ireland and England legends Pat Jennings and Peter Shilton slide down the list into fourth and fifth respectively.
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