Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic (41) became the second oldest player to play in a European Cup qualifier as his country lost 3-0 to hosts Belgium on Friday.
Swedish coach Jani Andersson forced the Milan striker to substitute Newcastle striker Alexander Isak, aged 41 years and 172 days, in the 73rd minute.
Born on 3 October 1981, Zlatan was initially thought to be the oldest player to play in a continental qualification, but Gibraltarian Lee Cacharo, born on 29 September 1981, was found to have broken his country’s record. Game against Greece on Friday, 41 years and 176 days.
But Zlatan is still ahead of the previous record holder, Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff, who played against Sweden on May 29, 1983, aged 41 years, three months and one day.
Last week, Zlatan became the oldest player to score in Serie A.
He insisted earlier this week that he would like to play in the 2024 European Cup final for Germany (if his country qualify) when he turns 52 and becomes the oldest player to play in a final.
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