Goalkeepers are able to play for many more years as compared to outfield players. A good example is Juventus 40-year-old keeper Gianluigi Buffon. He is completing his 23rd season in competitive football and he looks great. Former Manchester United shot-stopper Edwin Van der Sar played until his 40th birthday making it 21 years in the game. Today, we want to take a look at some of the longest-serving keepers in history;
5. Faryd Mondragon- 24 years playing
Former Columbian goalkeeper became the oldest player ever in World Cup history after breaking Roger Milla(42) record in 2014 Brazil showdown.
He replaced David Ospina in the 4-0 win against Greece. This was his third World Cup appearances after being included in 1994 and 1998 finals.
4. Brad Friedel- 25 Years playing
The former USA and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper was without a doubt one of the best shot-stoppers of his generation. He may not have played for the best teams in Europe but playing consistently for 25 years is not a joke. He was one of the most difficult goalkeepers to beat and many strikers will tell you that for sure.
3. Mark Schwarzer- 26 years playing
Former Australia International goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer finally accepted to hang his boots in 2016 after 26 years between the posts. The shot-stopper was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to lift the Premier League title with Leicester City in 2016. This was only one year after winning the title again with Chelsea in 2015.
The veteran keeper also played for Middlesbrough, Fulham, and Bradford City. He started his career in 1990 with Australian side Marconi Fairfield. He represented his country in 2006 and 2010 Germany and South Africa World Cups respectively. He made 109 caps for the Socceroos.