/Unbelievable 73yo footballer breaks world record

Unbelievable 73yo footballer breaks world record

Updated

April 06, 2019 13:19:05

An Israeli man has broken a world record after playing in a professional football match at the age of 73.

Isaak Hayik played in goal for Ironi Or Yehuda in its clash with Maccabi Ramat Gan in the Israeli fourth-tier Liga Bet.

Just days before his 74th birthday, the septuagenarian was in fine fettle after the match.

“I’m ready for another game,” the Iraqi-born ‘keeper said after playing the full 90 minutes between the sticks.

Hayik’s 36-year-old son Moshe said when the pair used to play together, “I used to get tired before he did.”

“He is unbelievable.”

After the match, which Ironi Or Yehuda lost 5-1 despite an impressive performance from their veteran goalkeeper, Hayik was presented with his Guinness World Record certificate.

“This is not only a source of pride for me, but also to Israeli sports in general,” Hayik said.

Previous record smashed

Uruguayan Robert Carmona was the previous record holder who, at the age of 53, started for third-tier Regional C team Pan de Azucar in 2015, the same team he made his debut for 40 years previously.

However, Carmona’s record could soon be under threat from Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura.

Miura, now aged 52, still plays in the Japanese second division for Yokohama FC, although has only made one appearance so far in 2019, coming off the bench in a 2-0 victory against FC Gifu in March.

The veteran striker, who scored twice in four matches for Sydney FC in a brief Australian sojourn during the 2005-06 A-League season, currently holds the record for the oldest professional footballer to score a competitive goal.

‘King Kazu’ beat Sir Stanley Matthews’ 52-year-long record in 2017 by netting the winner in Yokohama FC ‘s 1-0 victory over Thespa Kusatsu in J-League 2 at the age of 50 years and 14 days.

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First posted

April 06, 2019 13:16:12