Essam El-Hadary Becomes Oldest Player to Play a FIFA World Cup Game

At age 45, 161 days, Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player in the history of the World Cup to play a game.

Essam El-Hadary broke Faryd Mondrago’s record which was set in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The goalkeeper, who plays for Taawon in the Saudi Arabian first division, was named in the starting line up for Egypt’s game against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd. The game will be his first ever in history of the competition.

The Pharoahs of Egypt doesn’t stand any chance of progressing to the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after loosing their first two matches against Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively.