11/30/2022
We look at the teams of the World Cup 2022 and divide them according to squad age, oldest players, most caps and other trivia.

Today we shall dive into the World Cup squads based on a certain array of things. We shall look into the Age slabs of all the teams, and have a look at the top 10 capped players in the tournament.

Without further adieu, let’s have a look –

World Cup 2022 Most Capped Players:

Cristiano Ronaldo currently sits with the most international caps for his country coming to the World Cup. The Portuguese legend has 191 appearances to his name. His arch-nemesis Lionel Messi sits 4th on the list with 165 caps.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 191 caps

2. Andres Guardado (Mexico) – 178 caps

3. Hassan Al-Haydos (Qatar) – 169 caps

4. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 165 caps

5. Diego Godin (Uruguay) – 159 caps

6. Celso Borges (Costa Rica) – 155 caps

6. Luka Modric (Croatia) – 155 caps

7. Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica) – 146 caps

8. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) – 141 caps

9. Sergio Busquets (Spain) – 139 caps

10. Hugo Lloris (France) – 139 caps

There are 15 players across all the 32 squads who are yet to play for their national team.

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The Age Old System:

With the squads going for personnel with a mixture of experience and youth, there are some widening data regarding the mean age of all the squads. Because one or two aged players (Aged 35 and above) don’t help the mean statistics, hence we have gone with a median age of all the squads-

Top 5 Oldest Median Age Squad:

Iran have the oldest median age along with Belgium. Brazil follows them, just ahead of Argentina.

1. Iran, Belgium (Median Age: 29)

2. Brazil (Median Age: 28.5)

3. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Argentina (Median Age: 28)

4. South Korea, Costa Rica, Australia (Median Age: 27.5)

5. Cameroon (Median Age: 27)

Top 5 Youngest Squad: (Median Age)

Ghana have the youngest median age squad with just 23.5 years.

1. Ghana (Median Age: 23.5)

2. USA, Ecuador (Median Age: 24)

3. Wales, France (Median Age: 25)

4. Spain, Canada (Median Age: 25.5)

5. Qatar, Morocco, Denmark (Median Age: 26)

In terms of the more generalised mean age count, Ghana are the youngest with 24 years while Iran and Mexico stand oldest with 28 years.

Oldest Player and Manager in World Cup 2022:

  • Mexico’s reserve goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera is the oldest player in the squad at age of 40 years.
  • Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is the oldest of the gaffers at the age of 71 years.

Youngest Player and Manager in the World Cup 2022:

  • Germany’s Yousssoufa Moukoko is the youngest player at the age of 18 years.
  • Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni is the youngest manager at just 44 years of age.