World Cup's oldest player El-Hadary quits national team

Essa, El-Hadary made history by becoming the oldest soccer player to play in a World Cup match during the tournament in Russia.

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Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary started a World Cup game aged 45 in Russia   -  Getty Images

Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam El Hadary says he’s retiring from the national team after making history and becoming the oldest soccer player to play in a World Cup match during the tournament in Russia.

The 45-year-old posted on Facebook late on Monday: “After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves.” El Hadary debuted for the Pharoahs in 1996 and says he’s “very proud” after playing in 159 international matches.

He played in Egypt’s final group game in Russia, saving a penalty in the Pharaohs’ 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia.

El Hadary will remain goalie for Egypt’s Ismaili team. He’s a celebrity at home since Egypt won three straight African Cup titles with him as goalie between 2006 and 2010.

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