The Oldest Players in World Cup History

The Oldest Players in World Cup History
The Oldest Players in World Cup History

Listed below are some of the oldest players in World Cup history. We have included Angel Labruna, Atiba Hutchinson, David James, Essam El-Hadary, and Pat Jennings.

Pat Jennings

During his 22-year career, Pat Jennings has played in over 1,000 top-level games and is considered to be the oldest player to ever participate in a World Cup. He is also the most capped player for Northern Ireland. He was also the first British player to make 1,000 senior appearances.

Pat Jennings’s career began when he was 11 years old. He played for Shamrock Rovers’ Under-18 football club, and he also played for Newry Town. He was also a part of the Irish national youth team. In 1963, he represented Ireland at an international youth tournament at Wembley.

Pat Jennings was bought by Tottenham Hotspur in 1964. He stayed with the club for 13 years. He was a part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1971, as well as the UEFA Cup in 1972. He was also part of the team that won the League Cup in 1971.

After he retired, Pat Jennings returned to Tottenham Hotspur’s reserve side. He also guested for Shamrock Rovers. He also played for Northern Ireland at the 1986 World Cup. Pat Jennings’ final international game was against Brazil in a group game against Brazil.

Pat Jennings broke Bjorn Nordqvist’s record for international appearances. He also set the record for the oldest player to play in a World Cup finals game.

Pat Jennings is known for his ability to control the ball. He is also a very experienced goalkeeper. He has been able to stay on goal for years and has the ability to recover quickly. He also has the ability to play on muddy or wet fields. He also has a great sense of timing.

Essam El-Hadary

  • Having made a name for himself during his time playing for Egypt, Essam El-Hadary has announced his retirement from international football. After a record-breaking career, El-Hadary is now planning to enter the coaching world.
  • El-Hadary made his debut for Egypt in 1996 and has since gone on to become one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in the history of Egyptian football. He has won four African Cup of Nations titles, four CAF Champions League titles, and eight Egyptian Premier League titles. His career began when he was recruited by the second-division club Damietta.
  • Essam El-Hadary is the oldest player to ever play in a World Cup. He was born in the small town of Kafr al-Battikh, meaning ‘town of the watermelon’.
  • El-Hadary has been a mainstay of Egypt’s three Africa Cup of Nations wins in 2008, 2012, and 2014. He has won four Egypt Super Cups and four Egypt Cups.
  • Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player to play in the World Cup when he took the field for Egypt against Saudi Arabia in Russia. He is also the oldest player to take part in a World Cup since the tournament began in 1958.
  • Egypt lost in their opening two matches at the World Cup, losing to Uruguay and Russia. Essam El-Hadary was an unused substitute in both games. Egypt finished in the bottom two spots of Group A. However, Egypt was hoping to make up for this defeat with a win against Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Angel Labruna

During his career, Angel Labruna scored 17 goals for Argentina’s national team and won two South American championships. He also possesses a number of River Plate records.

Although he only played in one World Cup, Angel Labruna is the oldest player to appear in a World Cup. In fact, there are six players who have appeared at the World Cup over 40 years old.

Angel Labruna played for Argentina and Uruguay in the 1950s and 1960s. He also played for Chilean C.S.D. Rangers. He was nicknamed La Maquina due to his synchronized play.

Labruna’s superclasico derby record stands at 16 goals against rival Boca Juniors. He has also been a successful coach. He worked with Ramon Diaz at River Plate and was part of the Argentine team that lost in the first round of the 1958 World Cup.

During his time in River Plate, he scored 340 goals, which is the second most goals in the history of Argentina’s league. He was also the oldest player to score in a World Cup match.

He is also the only player on the list who is no longer alive. He died in 1983. Angel Labruna was one of the most prolific scorers in River Plate history and won two South American championships in 1946 and 1955. He won a total of nine First Division titles. He also won two America’s Cups.

Angel Labruna was a legend in the Argentine national team. He was part of the famous ‘Machine’ forward line.

Roger Milla

Among the oldest players to have ever played in a World Cup tournament was Roger Milla. He was 42 years old when he scored the World Cup’s oldest goal. This goal was a consolation goal in a 6-1 defeat to Russia in 1994.

Roger Milla was a soccer superstar in Cameroon in the 1980s. He led his country to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, despite finishing bottom of the group. The president of Cameroon, Paul Biya, pleaded with Milla to come back to the national team. In the end, Milla came out of retirement and returned for the 1994 World Cup.

He is still the oldest surviving player from that tournament, but his record of most goals scored at a World Cup is no longer in the record books. Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary broke that record in 2018.

Despite his lack of success at the international level, Milla was still an influential figure in African football. He helped change the game for the better. He was voted African Footballer of the Year twice and was considered the best African player of the past 50 years by the Confederation of African Football.

In his retirement, Milla moved to the French overseas island of Reunion. He loved the scenery and competition there. He became a player coach for a semiprofessional team. He also started an athletic shirt company.

Milla’s record-breaking goal at the 1990 World Cup is a feat of engineering, but his performance at Italia 90 is a testament to his love for football.

David James

Having a successful career in football and being one of the oldest players in the World Cup isn’t easy. But, there are a number of players who have done it.

The World Cup has been a great venue for soccer players and has been home to some spectacular players. The list below is a brief look at some of the best players to have featured in a World Cup.

David James is one of the oldest players in World Cup history. He last played for England in 2010, when he was 39. He played in his last World Cup game against Germany. It was also his last World Cup game as a professional footballer. He retired from professional football in 2014. Despite his retirement, he still works as a pundit for the English Football Association and BT Sport and is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics.

The list below also contains players who are a bit younger. Faryd Mondragon, for instance, is 43 years old. But, he’s also the oldest player to have played in a World Cup finals. And he also holds the record for the oldest player to score a goal at a World Cup.

James McDonald, on the other hand, is only 38. He played regularly for Portsmouth in the Championship for a few years, but he was released at the end of the 2011/12 season. He also holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the Premier League.

Atiba Hutchinson

Currently, Hutchinson plays for Turkish membership Besiktas. He will be the oldest outfield player in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Hutchinson started his international career with Canada in 2003. He made his debut in a friendly match against the United States. The game ended in a 0-2 loss. He played in the final four games of the year.

He became part of the team’s all-time cap leader. He also scored nine international goals. He also served as the team’s captain.

In 2006, Hutchinson joined a top European club. Hutchinson started the KNVB Cup final against Heracles Almelo. He also started the Champions League final against Manchester United, where he scored the clinching goal. In 2007, he played for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie. He also won four Danish league titles.

In November of 2018, Hutchinson suffered a knee injury. This injury made him miss all but one game of the 2018 World Cup. His injury is improving and Hutchinson should be able to play again for the Canadian national team. Eventually, he plans to retire from international soccer.

He is 39 years old. He is the second oldest player on the list. He is also the second oldest player to be selected for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He is also the oldest player to score a goal in World Cup history.

The list of players who have played in the World Cup at older ages includes Angel Labruna, Roger Milla, and Pat Jennings. It also includes Pepe, who is a phase of the Portugal squad that won the UEFA Nations League.


With just a few days left in this year’s World Cup, the festivities are reaching fever pitch. As we gear up to watch some of the best athletes in the world compete for global glory, it’s worth taking a moment to remember some of the oldest players ever to take part in the biggest soccer tournament on Earth. 

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