Faryd Mondragon congratulates El-Hadary after breaking his World Cup record
Former Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon has congratulated Essam El-Hadary after breaking his record to become the oldest man to play at a World Cup.
The Egypt veteran keeper became the oldest player to appear at a World Cup at the age of 45 when he featured in the Pharaohs’ 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in the 2018 World Cup group stage last month. He eclipsed the record of the former Colombia goalkeeper as Mondragon was 43 and three days when represented his country against Japan in the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Mondragon previously said he hopes El-Hadary doesn’t break his record as the 45-year-old keeper remained on the bench in Egypt’s defeats to Uruguay and Russia in the first two games of the group stage, with Mohamed El-Shennawy starting between the sticks. The former Al Ahly keeper, however, set the record after starting against Saudi Arabia.
In a video posted by football agent Mamdouh Eid on his Instagram account, Mondragon congratulated El-Hadary for making history.
“Hadary my friend….I want to congratulate you. Lots of respect…you are really an example of perseverance,” Mondragon said.
El-Hadary has recently rejoined Egyptian Premier League side Ismaily for a third stint after his contract with Saudi Pro League side Al-Taawoun expired.
The long and illustrious career of the Egypt international keeper saw him play at a number of Egypt’s top-tier clubs including Zamalek, Wadi Degla and Ittihad of Alexandria. He also had stints at Sudanese side Al Merreikh and Swiss side FC Sion.
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