Gordon Banks – England
World cup winner and the man who made the greatest save in the history of the torunament (1970) against Pele. Banks (born in 1937) retired at the age of 41 in Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the United States.
Faryd Mondragón – Colombia
The oldest player to play a world cup (against Japan 2014). The Colombian goalie retired at the age of 43 in Deportivo Cali (Colombia).
Nélson de Jesus da Silva (Dida) – Brazil
The 2 times UEFA Champions league winner who played for AC Milan between 2000 and 2010 is still playing at the age of 41 (2015) in Club Internacional (Brazil).
Carlo Cudicini – Italy
Chelsea’s goalkeeper who also played for Milan, Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur retired in 2013 at the age of 40 after spending one year in MLS with LA Galaxy.
Rogerio Ceni – Brazil
The only GK to ever score a 100 goal in his entire career. The free kicks and penalty expert is still playing for São Paulo despite reaching 42 (2015).
René Higuita – Colombia
El Loco (the crazy) who invented the ‘scorpion kick’ retired in 2010 at the age of 44 after spending 2 years with Deportivo Pereira in Colombia.
David Seaman – England
The Englishman who won 3 league titles with Arsenal ended his career in the city of Manchester after spending 1 year playing for Manchester City (2003-2004). Seaman retired at the age of 41.
Edwin van der Sar – Netherlands
One of the best goalkeepers in the history of the English premier league. The Dutch who played for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Man Utd retired at the age of 41 (2011) after spending 6 years with the Red Devils. (See The 15 Most Successful Football Clubs in Africa)
Dino Zoff- Italy
The oldest player to ever win a world cup. Dino who spent 11 years in Turin playing for Juventus (1972-1983) retired in 1983 at the age of 41.
Essam El Hadary – Egypt
Considered by many as the best African goalkeeper of all time, El Hadary who won the African Cup of Nations 3 consecutive times with Egypt (2006, 2008, 2010) is still playing at the age of 42 (1973-2015) with Al Ismaily (Egypt).
Gianluca Pagliuca – Italy
The first GK to receive a red card in the history of the World Cup (USA 1994). The Italian who won the Serie-A with Sampdoria (1990-1991) retired in 2007 in Ascoli at the age of 41.
Ed de Goey – Netherlands
The Dutch who represented Chelsea between 1997 and 2003, retired at the age of 40 after spending 3 years with the Potters (Stoke City).
Peter Schmeichel – Denmark
Manchester United’s legend who won the treble in 1999 retired in 2003 (40 years) after spending one year with Man City. (See Why is NFL so popular in USA?)
David James – England
The English goalkeeper who played for 7 years with Liverpool is still playing at the age of 45 (2015) in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters FC.
Brad Friedel – USA
One of the greatest American goalkeepers of all time, Friedel who spent 8 years with Blackburn Rovers retired in 2015 (44) after spending 4 years with Tottenham Hotspur.
Mark Schwarzer – Australia
The Australian who was born in 1972 is still playing at the age of 43 (2015) in the English Premier League with Leicester City.
Lev Yashin – Russia
The only goalkeeper to ever receive a Ballon d’Or (1963), the Russian legend born in 1929 retired at the age of 41 after spending 20 years playing for Dynamo Moscow.
Peter Shilton – England
The English goalkeeper who started his professional career in 1966 Leicester City (17 years) is the oldest on the list as he retired in 1997 (at the age of 48) after 1 year and 9 games in Leyton Orient FC.
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