The 44-year-old Egyptian goalkeeper followed Italy’s first miss in the World Cup in 60 years with a tweet supporting the Italian legend Gigi Buffon.
ElHadary who is set to be the oldest player to participate in the championship had promised the Juve legend to try and compensate his absence and that all the goalkeepers will be playing for him.
— Essam El-Hadary (@ElHadary) November 13, 2017
The age-defying goalkeeper will make his first-ever appearance in the World Cup 2018. El Hadary is willing to kick-start a road in the tournament that would not end next year as he believes he still has the potential to play in Mundial Qatar 2022.
One World Cup isn’t enough for Egypt’s 44-year-old goalkeeper 😂🇪🇬 pic.twitter.com/0i6U8ozSZ9
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 14, 2017
“I did almost everything in my footballing career. I won 37 trophies and I enjoyed some remarkable moments such as our win over Italy at the 2009 Confederations Cup. The only thing that is missing for me is a World Cup appearance,” El Hadary told FIFA.com.
It is worth to mention that the Egypt international who is currently captaining Al-Taawoun in the Saudi Professional League got his name on the list of nominations to the African Player of the Year alongside his national teammate and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.