Georgi Petkov: the world’s oldest top-level player in 2022

Bulgarian goalkeeper Georgi Petkov leads the ranking of the oldest footballers in the world to play in the top tiers of the national championships in 2022.
His last appearance for Slavia Sofia, in the local league match vs CSKA Sofia, is dated by 20 February when he was 45 years 343 days old. It was certainly not the happiest day of his super-long career. Not only because his team lost the game (2-3). Following a harsh collision with an opponent, Petkov was taken by ambulance to the hospital, as he briefly lost consciousness. He didn’t play since that injury.
His Egyptian colleague Oussa (Mohamed Abdel Monsef) was another goalie still playing in 2022 at the age of 45 in the national top tier (for Al Ittihad).

 PlayerPos.AgeCountryTeamLast AppGame
1Georgi PetkovG45-343 BulgariaSlavia Sofia 20/02/2022CSKA Sofia 2-3
2Oussa G45-198Egypt Al Ittihad23/08/2022Zamalek 1-1
3Daniel VacaG43-324BoliviaRoyal Pari20/03/2022Real Santa Cruz 1-2
4Abbas Ahmed Atwi M42-247LebanonAl Akhaa Al Ahli17/05/2022Sporting Beirut 4-0
5Ildefons LimaD42-229AndorraInter Club d'Escaldes27/07/2022CFR Cluj 1-1
6Jonathan JoubertG42-224LuxembourgF91 Dudelange24/04/2022Strassen 1-3
7James ChamangaF42-220ZambiaRed Arrows 10/09/2022Primeiro Agosto 0-1 
8Rhys Griffiths F42-200Wales Penybont17/09/2022Newtown 3-2
9Ilion Lika G42-148AlbaniaTirana12/10/2022Veleçiku Koplik  2-2
10Artur BorucG41-358   PolandLegia Warsaw13/02/2022Warta Poznań 0-1