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10 Footballers Who Lied About Their Age

With Mzansi icon Teko Modise recently revealing that people once tried to convince him to lie about his age, here are 10 footballers who became famous for age cheating, including a high-profile Brazilian.

Click through the gallery above to see 10 players who were alleged to be age cheaters.

Age falsification in football has been a huge problem for many years, and while it is rife in Africa, it is also an issue on the other continents too.  

One of the most bizarre cases of age cheating occurred in India, involving a player who once became the youngest ever goalscorer in the Indian Soccer League at the age of 16. It was later found that Gourav Mukhi was, in fact, 28 years old.

In South America, Brazilian talent Carlos Alberto was just a youngster when he won the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Selecao, or at least that was what everyone was made to believe.

Upon investigation into his documents, it turned out that Alberto was born in 1978, and not in 1983 as he had claimed. The Brazilian said he forged his papers because he was desperate to help his family, and subsequently received a ban of one year.

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Two former Ajax Cape Town players in Seuntjie Motlhajwa and Sibusiso Mzizi were also caught age cheating years ago, while AC Milan once had a Gambian star on their books who was said to be 19 years old, but was taken to court for alleged dishonesty.

The Italian giants claimed that Yusupha Yaffa was actually 28 years old, although those accusations were never completely cleared up. Yaffa was reportedly an asylum seeker, and was said to be nine years older than he claimed to be.

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To see more players who were known to be age cheaters, click through the gallery above!

How do you think football can eradicate age cheating? Let us know in the comments section below.


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