With the oldest player of all time recently signing a new deal at his club to continue playing, here is a recap of who the oldest footballers in history are, a list in which legendary Brazilian Rivaldo features.
In football, professional athletes will more often than not begin their careers before the age of 20 and eventually hang up their boots at around 35, but this is not the case for all footballers.
The sport’s oldest player in history, Kazuyoshi Miura, who is currently 53, recently extended his contract Yokohama FC for another season ahead of his 54th birthday next month.
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The ex-Japan international will extend his record as the oldest player of all time by another year, opening up a four-year gap on Manchester United legend Stanley Matthews, who retired when he was 50 years old.
Former Al Ahly goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is the third-oldest player in history, having retired at 47 years old, while former Brazil and FC Barcelona icon features further down the list following his retirement at 43 years old.