73-Year-Old Goalkeeper Makes History After Breaking Guiness World Record. (Photos)

Goalkeeper Isaak Hayik has broken the world record after becoming the oldest footballer to take part in a competitive game.

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.

Iraqi-born shot-stopper Hayik – who celebrates his 74th birthday next week – even claimed he is ready to play again after failing to inspire his team to victory.

His side lost 5-1 to Maccabi Ramat Gan in the Isreali fourth-tier, though the veteran is said to have made a number of fine saves.

Speaking to Reuters after the match, Hayik said: “I’m ready for another game.” While adding: “This is not only a source of pride for me but also to Israeli sports in general.”

His son, 36-year-old Moshe Hayik, hailed his father’s achievement as “unbelievable”, while also joking he used to tire first when they used to play together.

He said: “I used to get tired before he did. He is unbelievable.”

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


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