Roger Milla turns out for the Indomitable Lions at the age of 42.
The World Cup will always create heroes and villains, and Cameroon’s Roger Milla is most definitely one of the former.
Having played in the 1982 World Cup, Milla had already enjoyed his time on the world stage and retired in 1989. However, when Cameroon qualified for the 1990 tournament the 38-year-old answered his country’s call to arms, joining the side in Italy and beginning his renaissance.
Leading the line, Milla notched four goals during the tournament and with them produced one of the images of the tournament, his celebratory ‘pole dance’ around the corner flag.
Helping them to the quarter-finals – the furthest an African nation had ever been in the tournament – Milla’s and Cameroon’s journey ended in a 3-2 defeat to England.
It was not the last we would see of Milla, however, as the Indomitable Lions once again called on their talisman for the ’94 edition of the tournament.
By this time Milla was 42
years, one month and eight days old, making him the oldest player to appear in a World Cup. He then went on to set another record when he scored in the 6-1 loss to Russia, becoming the tournament’s oldest-ever goalscorer.