Roger Milla: Indomitable Lionheart
Mark Lomas
March 9, 2010
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there - though it never hit the same dizzy heights. Four years later, at the age of 42 years and 39 days, he became the oldest person to both play in and score in a World Cup match, when he netted Cameroon's only goal in an embarrassing 6-1 humbling at the hands of Russia at USA '94.

It was a truly record-breaking occasion as Oleg Salenko became the first and thus far only player to net five goals in a single finals match. And just days before, against Brazil, the 24 years and 42 days age gap between Milla and 17-year-old future captain Rigobert Song became (and remains) the largest between two team-mates in World Cup history.

When FIFA named him African Footballer of the Century, ahead of the likes of George Weah and Abedi Pele, it was testament more to his character than his talent, and Milla helped the continent believe it deserves a place at world football's top-table. The effervescent veteran, whose dance-moves lit up our screens in 1990, is unquestionably a true World Cup Legend.
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