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Golden oldie Mondragón: "Thanks to everyone"
The 43 year old became the oldest ever World Cup player when he came off the bench against Japan
Colombia's Faryd Mondragón made history on Tuesday when he became the oldest ever player at a World Cup, aged 43 and three days.
The Cali stopper, who came on as an 84th minute substitute against Japan, beat Roger Milla of Cameroon's record (42 years, one month and eight days) by almost a year.
"I'm pleased for the way we're making the country feel. It's a record for Colombian football and for the whole country. I'm honoured that I've been able to represent Colombia in this statistic", reflected the goalkeeper.
"When we scored the third the gaffer said: 'Quick, you're coming on'. I put my gloves on and it was emotional. We have got nine from nine and we are now thinking about Saturday [vs Uruguay]", he added.
"In all of the country, to all of the stadiums I visit with Cali, I am known and respected. I'm here thanks to everyone", he ended, visibly moved with tears in his eyes.
In the list of the oldest players to have played on football's greatest stage include legendary goalkeepers Pat Jennings (41), Peter Shilton (40) and Dino Zoff (40).
Mondragón was in the Colombia squad for the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, and also travelled to USA 94, but had to wait until France 98 for his World Cup debut. He played all three group games as the side crashed out.
The goalkeeper also broke another record: he becomes the player to have the longest amount of time between two World Cup games: his 16 years (1998 to 2014) beats Switzerland's Alfred Bickel's 12 years (1938 to 1950) comprehensively.
- Oldest World Cup players:
.1. Faryd Mondrágon, 24/06/2014, JPN - COL, 43 years and 3 days
.2. Roger Milla, 28/06/1994, RUS 6-1 CMR, 42 years, 1 month and 8 days
.3. Pat Jennings, 12/06/1986, NIR 0-3 BRA, 41 years
.4. Peter Shilton, 07/07/1990, ITA 2-1 ENG, 40 years, 9 months and 19 days
.5. Dino Zoff, 11/07/1982, ITA 3-1 FRG, 40 years, 4 months and 13 days