Roger Milla

Written by Sebastien on 11 April 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends

Roger Milla, also known as Albert Roger Mooh Miller, was born on 20 May 1952. He is a retired Cameroonian footballer, who played as a striker and is one of the best in the country to date. He was one of the first African players to arise on the international stage in the football arena. He took part in three World Cup tournaments where he played for Cameroon national team. He achieved international recognition when he was 38 years old. This is usually the age when most have retired or are in the final stages of football. To him, this was the kick start of his career. He managed to score four goals at the 1990 World Cup.

He was one of the players in the history of world football to start goal scoring celebrations. He used to run to one end of the pitch after scoring, and called on his teammates to join in the dance. This became a common sight in the FIFA World Cup 1990, and continued to date, with many choosing to celebrate after scoring.

He was named one of the greatest African player of all times by top sports magazines. According to Pele, he was one of the top 125 greatest living football players in 2004.

Roger Milla was also part of the Cameroon team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, he took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics California.

Milla came back from retirement in the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the age of 42. He was the oldest player ever to make an appearance in a World Cup match. He managed to score a goal against Russia, making him the oldest footballer ever, to score a goal in the tournament.

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