Israeli enters Guinness as oldest footballer

Isaak Hayik poses with the Guinness World Record memento after officially becoming the world's oldest footballer

Isaak Hayik poses with the Guinness World Record memento after officially becoming the world's oldest footballer

Darting between the goal posts with his striking white hair, 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik set a new world record on Friday as the oldest person to play in a professional soccer match.

The 73-year-old was presented with his Guinness World Record certificate after playing the whole 90 minutes for Israeli side Ironi Or Yehuda yesterday afternoon.

He received Guinness World Records prize in a ceremony after the match.

The achievement was a silver lining for Hayik and Ironi Or Yehuda, as they were defeated 5-1 by Maccabi Ramat Gan in the fourth tier of the Israeli league, though Iraqi-born Hayik is said to have made a series of impressive saves throughout the game.

Hayik's 36-year-old son Moshe said when the pair used to play together, "I used to get exhausted before he did".

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

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Hayik's family were among the thousands of Iraqi Jews that fled to Israel in the mid-20th century.

He joked that he "used to get exhausted before he did" when they played together.

Speaking to Reuters after the match, Hayik said: "I'm ready for another game".

The Uruguayan was 53-years-old when he broke the record in 2015, after being named in the starting eleven for Pan de Azucar.

He beat Sir Stanley Matthews" 52-year-long record in 2017 by netting the victor in Yokohama FC "s 1-0 victory over Thespa Kusatsu in J-League 2.

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