Age is becoming less and less relevant in football due to advances in sports science and training methods. Reaching 30 no longer means quitting your job. Instead, some improve with age, drawing on all of their experience to improve their skills, while others see age as another hurdle to overcome and a chance to prove themselves to the world.
There are currently plenty of world-class players aged 35 and over in Europe's top five leagues. We have chosen the top 10 of the oldest Footballers who play so far. . If you don't agree with one of our choices? If you think we missed someone? Let us know in the comments session.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo - 36 years old
The 36-year-old is still playing and is a legend. After leaving Real Madrid in 2018, Ronaldo continued to prove himself as one the best player in football. Ronaldo has scored averaging of 0.76 goals per game for Juventus, helping the Old Lady to win two more Serie A titles.
9. Thiago Silva -36 years old
Thiago Silva's Premier League debut for Chelsea has been a nightmare, but he has since proven why he hasn't retired, often being the Blues' best defender. In 2019/20, the 36-year-old made nine Champions League appearances for PSG, helping them to their very first final. Add to that he continued involvement with the Brazilian national team (12 caps in 2019) and it's easy to see why Frank Lampard signed him last summer. Under Thomas Tuchel, he flourished, helping the Blues to win the Champions League.
8. Ricardo Quaresma - 37 years old
Ricardo Quaresma, a Portuguese winger. At 32, he helped Portugal to victory at Euro 2016 (He entered the final for an injured Cristiano Ronaldo.) he has four assists in 12 appearances for Portugal.
7. Yuri Zhirkov - 38 years old
Yuri Zhirkov, the most expensive Russian footballer of all time, won the brace with Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti. He played in four majors Leagues and won two Russian Premier League titles with Zenit St. Petersburg.
6. Santa Cruz - 39 years old
Santa Cruz joined Blackburn in 2007, eight years after his Bayern debut, scoring 19 league goals alongside Robbie Savage and David Dunn. With Olimpia, where he started his career, he has scored triplets in recent months.
5. Willy Caballero - 39 years old
Born in Argentina on September 28, 1981. He started playing for Chelsea in 2017. Caballero started his senior career with Boca Juniors in 2001 and played until 2004. On October 1, 2011, he recorded a clean sheet of 480 minutes, adding his name to The History Books of Malaga. He was named the oldest Premier League player last year. He will be 40 this month, September 28.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 39 years old
Zlatan Ibrahimovi is playing for one of the best Italian clubs A.C. Millan is now the 39-year-old Swedish striker. He has worked with some of the best football clubs in the world including Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan . Ibrahimovic joined the Swedish national team in 2001 and became their all-time leading scorer until he left in 2016. His early career began with Malmö FF, where he made 40 appearances and scored 16 goals in two seasons. He is recognized as one of the greatest strikers of all time.
3. Maxi Rodriguez - 40 years old
Maxi Rodriguez, cult hero in Liverpool, started his career in Argentina before moving to Spain, England and Uruguay. He played three World Cups for Argentina, sharing the Golden Boot with Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane in 2006 world cup, and scored the penalty for victory over the Netherlands in the 2014 semi-final. Rodriguez, 40 years old, is back for a third stint with his hometown club Newell's Old Boys.
2. Buffon - 43 years old
His professional career began with the Parma football club. In 2018-19, he made 17 appearances for PSG. He joined his country's national team in 1997 and left in 2018.
He is not only one of the oldest active soccer players, but a creator of history. He is the second most capped European international footballer and also the most capped for his national team.
From 1998 to 2014, he played all five of the FIFA World Cups. Among his many accomplishments. He is the only goalkeeper to win the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award. Besides being one of the oldest soccer players in 2021, he has many other achievements, trophies and nominations that make him one of the best.
1. Essam El-Hadary - 48 years old
Essam El-Hadary, the second oldest active soccer player in the world, recently set a Guinness World Record. At 45, goalkeeper El-Hadary became the oldest footballer to appear at a World Cup in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. El-Hadary announced his retirement from the Egyptian national team after his great achievement.
El-Hadary made his debut for Egypt in 1996 and has 159 caps. El-Hadary may have retired from the national team, but not from the sport. El-Hadary joined Nogoom Football Club in 2018 but left at the end of the season. El-Hadary has yet to confirm his retirement and has not joined another team.
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