Egyptian Ezz El-Din Bahadur has crowned the oldest professional soccer player in the world at the age of 74 but missed a penalty on his record-breaking day.
Bahadur played with the “October 6” team, in the Egyptian third division, last Saturday, as the Guinness Book of Records officially recognized him as the oldest professional in the world,
according to what was reported by the English newspaper “The Sun”.
Ezz El-Din in his history-making matchBhadur in his history-making match
Bahadur – who will complete 75 next month – was forced to wait until October for his second match,
which was postponed long due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Unfortunately for Al-Masry, he missed a penalty in his last match, as his team lost 3-2 to Al-Ayyat,
and worse, Bahadur’s contract with the October 6 team expired, and he was yet to be offered a new deal.
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But Bahadur immediately became a favorite of African fans, and his participation with the team helped attract international attention,
and he was welcomed by some of his six grandchildren for his record-breaking match.
In play on Saturday, Bahader broke the record previously set by another 73-year-old player,
and Bahadur is struggling to find a new club, he is still hoping for another professional match after he waited so long to achieve it.
“My dream is to be able to break my record again, just to make the competition more difficult,” said Bahadur.
One player who might dream of breaking Bahadur’s record is ageless Japanese superstar Kazuyoshi Miura.
Bahadur is among the players of the 6th of October Team
The former Japanese international signed a one-year extension with Yokohama FC earlier this year at the age of 52,
and began his career after signing for Atletico Juventus in Brazil in 1982.
Then Miura moved to Santos in 1986 and played 89 caps for the Japanese national team.
Born in 1967, when England was the world champion, Lyndon B.
Johnson was president of the United States, the Beatles singles Benny Lynn was topping the UK charts,
and he is now playing in his fifties in professional football.