Oldest World Cup Player: Faryd Mondragon
Today I am going to present you the oldest World Cup player: Faryd Mondragon.
Faryd Mondragon become the oldest player ever to play at a World Cup after he substituted David Ospina in 85th minute in the match against Japan. Jose Pekerman made a sentimental move and brought in Mondragon for one last international appearance. As a result, Faryd Mondragon became the oldest World Cup player, beating Roger Milla’s record (that stood for 20 years). Faryd Mondragon was privileged to play at a final World Cup at the age of 43 years and 3 days old.
Last night, the oldest World Cup player, Faryd Mondragon, got his 56th cap after a long lasting career. He started his career in Columbia, at Deportivo Cali and debuted in the national team in 1993 (being alongside Mario Yepes, the last remnant of Columbia’s 1990s Golden Generation). Mondragon is the only player in the world that participated in 6 World Cup qualifying campaigns (beating Carlos Valderrama’s record of 5 participations in qualifying). Unfortunately, Columbia had not participated in any World Cup since 1998. Faryd Mondrago impressed with his saves against England in 1998 France World Cup. The oldest World Cup player beat two more records last night: no other player waited 16 years to participate in another World Cup tournament (between France 1998 to Brazil 2014), and no other player in the world played in a final World Cup 20 years after the debut in the tournament (USA 1994 and Brazil 2014).
Faryd Mondragon was a real globetrotter, playing for 11 teams (among which we can mention Independiente, Galatasaray or FC Koln). The oldest player ever to play in a World Cup had a 24 years career, in which he was named in 1992 Columbia’s Olympic team, Also, Mondragon was capped for two Copa America tournaments and two CONCAF Golden Cups.
Mondragon, 43 years old, became the oldest World Cup player after he beat Roger Milla’s record, who played and scored at the age of 42 years, 1 month and 8 days old in 1995 USA World Cup. The Columbian goalkeeper announced that he will retire after World Cup.