Oldest XI Football players:

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has a host of players who are very experienced but are towards the fag end of their careers. So let’s have a look at the Oldest Playing XI in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 


Essam El Hadary (Egypt)- 45 Years Old

The Egyptian is the oldest player in this World Cup and the 45-Year-old will now finally get to witness the World Cup after starting his career way back in 1993. 



Rafael Marquez (Mexico)- 39 Years Old

The Mexican Centre Back will be appearing in his fifth World Cup, the 39-Year-Old has already announced his retirement from Club Football and the 2018 FIFA World Cup is the last time we’re going to see the Mexican on a Football Pitch.


Felipe Baloy (Panama)- 37 Years Old

The Panamanian and his Country are going to make their Debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Country that’s renowned for its canal Qualified at the expense of the USMNT.

Bruno Alves (Portugal)- 36 Years Old


The World Cup will be Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe & Bruno Alves’ 7th consecutive tournament with Portugal – the trio have all been called up since Euro 2008.

The Veteran Defender will be playing in his third World Cup and could start alongside Pepe instead of Prodigal defender Ruben Dias. A problem of plenty for Fernando Santos.


Central Midfield

Andres Iniesta (Spain)- 34 Years Old

When you think of Iniesta and the World Cup only one thing comes to mind, 2010 South Africa. Iniesta won Spain their Debut World Cup and seems like the only player on this list who has a realistic chance to win it in Russia

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Left Midfield

Yuri Zhirkov (Russia)- 34 Years Old

The Former Blue last played for Chelsea back in 2011…. seems like a long time ago doesn’t it? the 34-Year-Old featured in his Country’s 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia as the hosts started the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a bang!

Central Defensive Midfielder

Ingi Skulason (Iceland)- 35 Years Old

The Iceland International will be the CDM in this team but at 35 Years I’m not sure how much ground would he be able to cover. 

Left Midfield

Krohn-Dehli (Denmark)- 35 Years Old

The Danish International at his peak was a threatening Attacking Midfielder for Ajax, Sevilla and Brøndby IF. At 34 the Dane is surely playing his last World Cup.


Right Wing

Tim Cahill (Australia)- 38 Years Old

The 38-Year-Old is the all-time Highest Goalscorer for the ‘Socceroos’ with 50 Goals and also has 5 Goals in World Cups. Also that Volley against the Netherlands in 2014… Sweet as a nut.


 Blas Perez (Panama)- 37 Years Old 

The 37-Year-Old has been a Goal machine for Panama and has found the net 43 times in 113 appearances. The aging Striker still has the responsibility of leading the line for Panama.

Left Wing

Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal)- 34 Years Old

Ricardo Quaresma is another ‘Oldie’ who’s making his World Cup Debut, the Besiktas Forward has played for some really big sides, Porto, Inter, and Chelsea to name a few. In the end, it was his performances at Turkish Club Besiktas that took him to the World Cup for the first time. 


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