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7 of The Best Footballers Above The Age of 33 and 35 and Still Active

When a player reaches the age of 30, questions begin to arise, and by the time they reach the age of 35, it is generally assumed that the boots will be hanging up sooner rather than later. That isn't always the case, though. Modern science has made it simpler for athletes to extend their playing careers, and several great are still dominating the game past the age of 35.

7. Franck Ribery

Franck Ribéry is a left-winger who plays for ACF Fiorentina in Serie A in Italy. Between 2006 and 2014, he was a member of the French national team. He began his career with the Conti Boulogne club. After that, he played for Lille, US Boulogne, Alès and Brest, FC Metz, Galatasaray, where he won the Turkish Cup, and Marseille before joining Bayern Munich a few months later. Ribéry was named the UEFA Greatest Player in Europe Award in 2013 after being named the third best footballer in Europe by Bloomberg. Franck Ribery was one of the world's most lethal wingers, and while he hasn't been able to play with the same energy as in past seasons at the age of 38, there have been glimpses of his attacking base. Few footballers have Ribery's abilities with the ball at their feet; after all, no one can get close to him on his finest days, and he is still demonstrating his class in in Fiorentina, where he is recognized as one of the best players in the world.

6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still a force to be reckoned with. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has divided opinion, yet he is without a doubt one of the finest attackers of the contemporary age. Ibrahimovic has ably represented some of the world's most prestigious clubs. The Sweden international has played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United since making his debut for Malmo in 1999. At every club for which he has played, he has been a productive goalscorer. Ibrahimovic is regarded as one of football's most charismatic figures. The 40-year-old exudes a tremendous amount of confidence, and his self-assurance is astounding.

5. Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini is unstoppable at 36 years old, having led Italy to Euro 2020 domination and Juventus to another Serie A victory. Chiellini may no longer be the fastest off the mark. The centre-back has utilized his physicality and superior game reading to gobble up opposition strikers and keep his 18-yard box relatively clear of danger. Given his heroics at Wembley to seal Italy's European Championship glory, there will no doubt that clubs will queue waiting up for his signature following his release from Juve.

4. Luka Modric

There isn't much Luka Modric hasn't accomplished in the game, from winning four Champions League titles with Real Madrid to appearing in a World Cup final with Croatia, not to mention winning the renowned Ballon d'Or trophy. Los Blancos' 35-year-old midfielder continues to draw the strings, recently winning the club's 'Player of the Season' accolade for 2020/21.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo.

With all due respect to the other players on this list, Cristiano Ronaldo is absolutely unrivaled among players over 35, and possibly even among players of any age. He was the focal point of the Portuguese national team's attack last season, scoring 37 goals in all competitions as Juventus won their bazillionth Serie A title. He is also the focal point of the Portuguese national team's attack, proving that he can steal the show on any stage. Who knows how long Ronaldo can keep this up? He has the kind of fitness that most younger players can only dream of. He is currently player for Manchester United.

2. Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer is a goalkeeper and captain of both Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the German national team. He was born in Gelsenkirchen-Buera, Germany. From 1991 to 2011, he was a member of FC Schalke 04, FC Schalke 04 II, and FC Bayern München. Since 2011, he has been a member of FC Bayern München. He is recognized as one of the best goalkeepers in the sport's history, and has been dubbed a "sweeper-keeper" because of his distinctive playing style and quickness when rushing off his line to anticipate opponents and exiting the goalie area. From 2011 to 2020, IFFHS named him the best goalkeeper of the decade.

1. Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva has performed admirably for Chelsea. Thiago Silva, one of the best centre-backs of his time, is still playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Before joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2012, Silva established himself as a world-class centre-back at AC Milan. Silva's leadership and defensive ability would make him stand out as a key player in PSG's ascension to the top. With the club, he won seven Ligue 1 titles. So the Ligue 1 giants' decision to allow the Brazil international depart on a free transfer last summer was shocking. Silva was signed by Chelsea and has quickly established himself as a fan favorite.

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