Liberia’s president, George Opong Weah, played in a friendly against Nigeria on Tuesday to become the oldest international to feature in an international game involving FIFA member nations.
According to a leading group of football statisticians – RSSF Group – the1995 FIFA and UEFA best player, is on record, the oldest international footballer.
The Liberia versus Nigeria match was arranged by the Liberia Football Association to retire the number 14 shirt worn by 51-year-old George Weah in his hay days; he featured for about 69 minutes in the game.
“Weah became the oldest player, male or female, to play in the national team of a Fifa member,” a member of RSSF group, Neil Morrison, said.
“There are various caveats associated with this statement,” he added
“(Namely) that (Weah’s) date of birth is correct and the fact that we don’t have complete information of all players and all their dates of birth over the years.”
FIFA could not confirm whether or not Weah made history as the oldest international player.
“We cannot confirm this since our historical records do not include every international friendly that has taken place,” a Fifa spokesperson told BBC Sport.
In FIFA records, the oldest player to feature in its competition is Dutchman Roel Liefden, a beach footballer who played against Argentina in 2013 at the age of 46.