Egyptian Essam El-Hadary is the oldest player ever at a World Cup. The goalkeeper was called-up for Russia 2018 and even had the privilege of playing against Saudi Arabia in a group stage game at the age of 45 years and ten days.
Yeah, kudos to Essam.
His record, by the way, will remain untouchable during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, that didn't stop us from asking who's going to be the oldest players at the tournament. And well, from two Mexican goalkeepers to stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modrić, here's the answer.
Oldest players World Cup 2022
(The age listed is up to Nov. 20, the day the World Cup starts.)
#13. Luka Modric (Croatia, MF) – 37 years, two months and 11 days
#12. Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica, MF) – 37 years, three months and two days
#11. Guillermo Ochoa (México, GK) – 37 years, four months and seven days
#10. Steve Mandanda (France, GK) – 37 years, seven months and 23 days
#9. Danny Vukovic (Australia, GK) – 37 years, seven days and 24 days
#8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, FW) – 37 years, nine months and 15 days
#7. Thiago Silva (Brazil, DF) – 38 years, one month and 29 days
#6. Remko Pasveer (Netherlands, GK) – 39 years and 12 days
#5. Dani Alves (Brazil, DF) – 39 years, six months and 14 days
#4. Eiji Kawashima (Japan, GK) – 39 years and eight months
#3. Pepe (Portugal, DF) - 39 years, eight months and 25 days
#2. Atiba Hutchinson (Canada, MF) – 39 years, nine months and 12 days
#1. Alfredo Talavera (Mexico, GK) – 40 years, two months and two days