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Top 10 oldest World Cup 2022 players with Cristiano Ronaldo 9th behind Portugal team-mate and Chelsea star

CRISTIANO RONALDO is on the bench again – after missing out on a six-a-side team of World Cup golden oldies.

The unsettled Manchester United legend, 37, will only be the ninth oldest player at Qatar this winter – TWO YEARS short of the top six.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, hopes to put his sensational Old Trafford saga behind him with glory in his World Cup swansong for Portugal
Thiago Silva is still shining for Chelsea at the age of 38

Two goalkeepers are in the leading five for age, spearheaded by Mexican Alfredo Talavera, 40.

Five 39-year-olds will be there, including defensive icons Pepe and Dani Alves, plus Canada midfielder Atiba Hutchinson.

Pepe’s Portugal team-mate Ronaldo is the only frontman in the top 10.

And another modern-day great just squeezes into the list – Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be the ninth oldest player at the 2022 World Cup, with evergreen team-mate Pepe in third

England’s opening opponents Iran have the oldest squad, with eight players over 30  taking their average age up to 28.8 years.

Next come Mexico, while Brazil and Argentina share third place on 27.9.

Lionel Messi, 35, is a year younger than his oldest Argentinian colleague, keeper Franco Armani.

And as for their South American neighbours, Alves and Silva are joined by seven other 30-plus stars in Brazil’s 26-man party.


In fact, the Brazilians might well have had the oldest squad of all were it not for two of the most exciting young wingers in Europe.

Real Madrid‘s Rodrygo and Arsenal‘s table-topping trickster Gabriel Martinelli, both 21, have made Tite’s squad thanks to their finest season so far.

In contrast, Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions hope to come of age with World Cup glory as one of the youngest squads – averaging just26 years and 153 days.

That’s almost two decades younger than the oldest players ever to play at a World Cup finals.

That honour fell to Egypt keeper Essam El Hadery, who was outstanding aged 45 years and 10 days old in a 2018 group match against Saudi Arabia, despite conceding a 95th minute winner.

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