El-Hadary announces his retirement from international football
Egypt’s legendary goalkeeper has announced that he has put an end to his international career, settling for what he achieved with the Egyptian national team in 22 years.
El-Hadary has a 159 international cap with Egypt. He debuted for the Pharaohs in 1996. During his international career, the 45-year-old won the African Cup of Nations four times in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The veteran goalkeeper became the oldest player to ever participate in the World Cup when he started for Egypt in their final group stage encounter against Saudi Arabia in Russia 2018.
“For every start there is an end, this is life’s norm. Now and after deep thinking I have decided to retire from international football,” El-Hadary said in a statement on his Facebook page.
“Today after 22 years, four months and 12 days since my debut with Egypt I saw that this is the most suitable moment to hang my gloves, after God granted me all what I dreamed of with our beloved national team to make our fans happy.”
“Now a moment I wasn’t looking forward to has arrived. I am very proud right now, I was Egypt’s goalkeeper in 159 participating in achieving unprecedented records, most importantly winning AFCON for four times, I was also named as Africa’s best goalkeeper in four versions. And finally I achieved the most valuable dream which is qualifying to the 2018 World Cup, then participating in the final game against Saudi Arabia.”
“I thank God for all what have gone and I ask him to grant me success and what is coming. I hope that I have succeeded throughout all the past years. I also thank my entire family for enduring my life difficulties and for supporting me in all my steps, and I thank you [the fans] for your constant support.”
El-Hadary joined Egyptian Premier League club Ismaily on a free transfer after spending the last season at Saudi outfit Al Taawoun.
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