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Goal-scoring goalkeeper Ceni keeps going

2014-11-29 09:25
Rogerio Ceni (Supplied)

Sao Paulo - Rogerio Ceni, Sao Paulo's record goal-scoring goalkeeper, on Friday shelved plans to retire despite his 42nd birthday fast approaching in January.

Ceni played 63 of Sao Paulo's 67 games this season and scored 10 goals taking his career total to 123 since his debut in 1993.

In October, he racked up a world record 590th victory for his club, beating the old mark of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

Despite his age, Ceni has been persuaded to keep playing in the hope of leading Sao Paulo to the 2015 Copa Libertadores and hopefully a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup.

"Last night (Thursday), I called Rogerio and asked him to meet me at the training centre. I told him that we would like to continue and he said he would like it to," said club president Carlos Miguel Aidar.

"It didn't take three minutes."

Ceni had been braced to retire in 2013 after a season which saw Sao Paulo just escape relegation and he had been adamant that he would definitely quit this time around.

"If we win the Libertadores, I am sure he will stay for the Club World Cup," added Aidar.

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