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Mondragon pleased to bow out on a high

The oldest player in World Cup history has announced his retirement following Colombia's quarterfinal exit.

Veteran Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon has spoken of his pride after retiring as the oldest player to take part in the World Cup.

The 43-year-old came off the bench during Colombia's Group C win over Japan, superseding Cameroon icon Roger Milla as the oldest man to represent his nation at the global showpiece.

And with Colombia bowing out of the competition following a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Brazil, Mondragon has decided to call time on his career.

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"This is my last stadium as a professional player," he posted on his official Instagram profile. "I'm proud to be part of this wonderful group."

Mondragon made his international debut 21 years ago and has racked up 56 caps. In club soccer, the onetime Philadelphia Union shot stopper has made over 600 total appearances since beginning his career in 1990.