Rafael Marquez Mexico friendly 2018

The ageless wonder! Rafa Marquez becomes third player to play in five World Cups

Make it five for Rafael Marquez!

The former Barcelona defender has become just the third player to appear in five World Cup tournaments after coming on in Mexico's shock 1-0 Group F win over Germany, following in the footsteps of another Mexican, Antonio Carbajal, and Germany's Lothar Matthaus.

Marquez was not called up for Mexico's 1998 World Cup squad, though he had already made his first appearance for the senior team at that point, having to wait for his chance in 2002. 

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Since then, the defender has been an ever-present for El Tri. 

He started all four of Mexico's matches in South Korea and Japan and wore the captain's armband, though his tournament ended with a red card in a round of 16 loss to the U.S. national team. 

In 2006, he was once again a full-time starter, scoring Mexico's only goal in a loss to Argentina in the round of 16. 

The 2010 edition once again saw Marquez captaining El Tri, scoring again in the tournament before becoming the first Mexican player to score in three straight World Cup's with a goal against Croatia in Brazil in 2014, where he also became the first player to captain a team at four World Cups. 

At 39, Marquez is no longer an everyday starter on for Juan Carlos Osorio's side, but was brought to Russia despite some significant bumps along the way, and has now joined the very slim list of players with the longevity to play in five editions of the competition.

After the match, the El Tri star said he was not only pleased with making his fifth World Cup, but with getting a great result along the way. 

"I’m happy," he said when asked about his fifth World Cup. "It’s something that had never happened, for us to beat the world champion."

His compatriot Carbajal played in the 1950, 1958, 1962 and 1966 editions, while Matthaus featured for West Germany and Germany at the 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 competitions, winning in 1990.

Another player who has been involved in five World Cup tournaments is Gianluigi Buffon, who was included in the Italy squad for the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments. But while the goalkeeper was in the Azzurri's 1998 squad, he did not play.