Israeli enters Guinness as oldest footballer

Israeli becomes world's oldest footballer

Israeli becomes 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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