Sunday Jul 26, 2020. 09:04
After officially announcing his retirement earlier this week, AfricanFootball.com takes a look back at the day Essam El Hadary made FIFA World Cup history.
The Egyptian legend started in goal for his country in their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia at the 2018 tournament hosted in Russia at the age of 45 years and 161 days, to become the oldest player in the history of the tournament.
El Hadary enjoyed a glittering professional career which started way back in 1993 and will go down as one of Africa’s best ever goalkeepers.
Apart from setting the record for the tournament’s oldest ever player, El Hadary was also the oldest ever player to make his debut in a World Cup match, while he also became the first African to save a penalty when he denied Fahad al-Muwallad from the spot.
Relive El-Hadary’s record-breaking feat here: