Faryd Mondragon became the oldest player to play in a World Cup when he came on in Colombia’s 4-1 win over Japan in the 85th minute on Tuesday. The 43-year-old goalkeeper was wearing a classic in the adidas World Cup cleat as he surpassed the 20-year-old record previously held by Cameroon’s Roger Milla.
Milla was 42 years old when he set the record at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Mondragon was an unused substitute at the 1994 World Cup. He was the team’s starting goalkeeper and played in all 3 Group matches at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Speculation before the World Cup indicated Mondragon would wear the adidas Nitrocharge in Brazil but he opted to use the World Cup cleat for matches and pulled on the adidas Predator Battle Pack cleats along with the adidas Predator Zones Pro Glove Battle Pack for training sessions.
After the match he celebrated the record with his children.
A blacked-out version of the World Cup cleat was spotted being worn by Iran’s Alizera Haghighi.
The adidas World Cup cleat has been used at every World Cup since it was released in 1979 ahead of the 1982 World Cup in Spain. The K-Leather upper was paired with a screw-in sole plate and is known for its comfort, durability, and stability.