This is a review of the oldest players and debutants who will participate in the World Cup
These are the 6 possible veterans that will play in Russia 2018. Despite their years, some will be debutants in a world cup.
Blas Pérez - March 13, 1981 (37 years and 2 months approx.)
The Panamanian attacker is 37 years old and will most likely be part of the World Cup due to his effectiveness with his national team. Perez is the second highest scorer in the history of the National Team of Panama with 42 goals, and with 115 games played is the third player with the most presence with the Panamanian team.
Tim Cahill - December 6, 1979 (38 years and 5 months approx.)
Tim Cahill arrives in Russia 2018 with 38 years of age. The experienced striker is the top scorer in the history of the Australian national team with 50 goals, and with 104 matches he is the second player with the most matches for the Australian national team. Cahill is the first Australian player to convert a goal in the history of the World Cups when he scored for Japan in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Australian currently plays for Millwall in the second division of England.
Artur Boruc - February 20, 1980 (38 years and 3 months approx.)
The experienced and controversial Polish goalkeeper will arrive in Russia 2018 at 38 years of age. Boruc is the substitute goalkeeper of Szczęsny and alternates participations with Fabianski, but his experienced career in the Polish national team and his leadership make him a key player in the national team. The Polish goalkeeper currently plays for Bournemouth in the English Premier League.
Sergey Ignashevich - July 4, 1979 (38 years and 10 months approx.)
The historic Russian defender will play the World Cup in his native country at the age of 38, but to achieve a historic advance to the quarterfinals with his selection would play with 39 just turned. Ignashevich has played 120 games in total with the Russian national team, which makes him the player with the most appearances in this country. Currently, Ignashevich plays for CSKA Moscow.
Rafa Márquez - February 13, 1979 (39 years and 3 months approx.)
Considered by many as the best Mexican player in history, the 39-year-old defender could play in Russia 2018. To participate in this championship would be his fifth consecutive world, equaling the record of Italian Gianluigi Buffon, German Lothar Matthäus and the Mexican Antonio Carbajal. While it is true that the participation of Rafa Marquez in Russia 2018 is in doubt and depends on the coach of the Mexican national team, the Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, it is clear that the entire Aztec country wants to see it in the World Cup.
Essam El-Hadary - January 15, 1973 (45 years and 4 months approx.)
The long-lived Egyptian goalkeeper could make history in Russia 2018. If Essam El-Hadary disputes a single minute in the World Cup, he will become the oldest player to play in a World Cup, because with his 45 years and five months he would snatch the record that since 2014 has the Colombian Faryd Mondragón, who obtained it when playing with 43 years and 3 days of age.
The ownership of Essam El-Hadary is almost a fact due to the serious injury of the goalkeeper of Egypt, Ahmed El Shenawy. El-Hadary is the third player with the most matches played with the Egypt team with 143 games. Russia 2018 will be the first World Cup for Egypt since Italy 1990, so this will be the first FIFA World Cup in which Essam El-Hadary will participate. The long-serving goalkeeper currently plays for Al-Taawoun FC of Saudi Arabia.
The "children" of the world
Several of these jewels hope to stand out in Russia 2018 to finish consolidating their careers or captivating the big European clubs for next season.
Lautaro Martínez - August 22, 1997 (20 years and 9 months approx.)
The young promise of the Argentine soccer could arrive at Russia 2018 with only 20 years, although his participation depends on the technician of the selection, Jorge Sampaoli. Lautaro Martinez is currently playing in the Racing Club of Argentina, and became a great figure to have scored 26 goals and 5 assists in the last two seasons. Martinez's great talent led him to be signed by Inter Milan of Italy, but he could continue playing for Racing de Argentina for six more months.
Moussa Wagué - October 4, 1998 (19 years and 7 months approx.)
Hardened and promising Senegalese right-back who arrives in Russia 2018 at 20 years of age. Wague has played seven matches for the Senegal national team: 2 friendlies, one match for the 2019 African Cup of Nations and four matches for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers Russia. Moussa Wagué is currently at KAS Eupen in Belgium.
Francis Uzoho - October 28, 1998 (19 years and 6 months approx.)
The promising goalkeeper is 19 years old and could debut in the World Cup with his Nigeria National Team. Uzoho made his debut in the senior team in November 2017 and since then he has played 3 matches in total. Its 1.96 m height has positioned it as a world figure. Currently, he plays at Deportivo La Coruña in Spain, where on his debut, on October 15, 2017, he became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to debut in La Liga with 18 years and 352 days of age.
Achraf Hakimi - November 4, 1998 (19 years and 6 months approx.)
The talented 19-year-old Moroccan defender was born in Spain but decided to defend the colors of the African national team. Hakimi debuted with the Morocco Seniors Team in October 2016 when he was barely 17 years and 11 months old. Since 2016, he joined Real Madrid Castilla, and in August 2017 Hakimi was confirmed in the official team of Real Madrid, where he has played 16 games, scored a goal, made an assist and won 3 titles: a Spanish Super Cup , a European Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.
Kylian Mbappé - December 20, 1998 (19 years and 5 months approx.)
The French superstar will play in Russia 2018 with 19 years of age. Mbappé is the most recognized young player in the world. In the France team, he has scored 3 goals in 12 matches. Mbappé won in 2017 the Golden Boy award for the best player in the world under 21, achieving the highest score in the history of the award. The French superstar currently plays at Paris Saint-Germain in France, where he has scored 21 goals and 17 assists in just 44 games. Likewise, Mbappé has just won with PSG Ligue 1, the League Cup and the French Cup.
Jonathan González - April 13, 1999 (19 years and 1 month approx.)
The promising Mexican midfielder would play in Russia 2018 at 19 years of age. González began his career as a U-17 United States youth team, where he played 3 friendly matches. However, Mexico saw his great talent and decided to convene him in order to ensure his presence in the Aztec national team and disqualify him from the North American team.
Jonathan Gonzalez made his debut with the Mexican national team on January 31, 2018 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The talented midfielder plays for CF Monterrey of Mexico, where he has played 44 games since debuting in July 2017.
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