Legendary football goalkeeper, who was the first to set a unique record at the World Cup, has died

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The goalkeeper once received a medal for services to football from FIFA

Mexican football legend Antonio Carbajal has died at the age of 93, BBC reports. The goalkeeper became the first footballer to play in five World Cups.

The goalkeeper played at the World Cups in Brazil in 1950, Switzerland in 1954, Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962, and England in 1966. Carbajal held the record for 32 years until German Lothar Matthäus broke it in 1998. After that, five more players were able to repeat this unique achievement: Rafael Marquez, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Guillermo Ochoa and Andres Guardado.


Antonio played 48 matches for the Mexican national team, 11 of which were at the World Cup. At the club level, Carbajal took part in 409 matches for various teams.


He spent most of his 18-year playing career at the Mexican club Leon, where he played in 364 matches over 16 years. Carbajal won the Mexican championship twice and the Copa del Rey once. He was awarded the FIFA Medal for services to football.


By 2021, Antonio Carbajal had stopped going to the stadium due to his vision loss. However, he continued to listen to the broadcasts of football matches on the radio and gave comments to journalists.


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