Sometimes age is just a number and there have been plenty of players who have defied their father’s time to span his career across generations to spend as much time on the pitch as possible.
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Thiago Silva have asserted that he can play well in his 40s and given his form, it’s hard to argue with him. The Chelsea The star wants to emulate his hero Paolo Maldini and, at 37, shows no signs of slowing down.
“I hope I can do the same thing as Maldini did at Milan, playing until I was 40 or 41 years old,” Silva said. “That’s my plan going forward and I’m mentally prepared for it.”
For many, reaching that decade means starting birdwatching or mastering a BBQ at a family gathering. But for some, it’s just another year with the best athletes in the world able to resume their sport.
In football it can be difficult when young players are biting your heels and passing you at every turn. However, for those who don’t quite feel like hanging up their boots, it’s just like a walk in the park.
Over the years, there have been plenty of players who have defied mechanical clocks to stay off the pitch – even outdoing their previous careers. Here are the 10 best things to keep moving into the fourth decade of their lives.
One of the last true Romans, Totti has never played anywhere other than his beloved AS Roma – where he made his debut in 1992 and retired in 2017 at the age of 40. He has scored 307 times for Giallorossi in a city where only Julius Caesar was more famous.
Totti remains at Roma for now, where he is club director and was most recently spotted endorsing Tammy Abraham’s scoring feat after scoring twice in the Rome derby against Lazio.
Back in Italy ’90, Milla shot to fame when he scored four goals at the age of 38 for Cameroon and he was withdrawn from retirement four years later to try to repeat his feat at the United States World Cup. While the striker may not be as successful as he was in his 30s, he still made history.
Milla’s goal in ‘s 6-1 win Russia making him the oldest goalscorer ever at a World Cup while he is also the oldest player off the field, at 42 years, 1 month and 8 days.
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A fascinating career that is not yet over, it is truly astonishing that Ibrahimovic wants to continue to silence doubters. The 40-year-old has played for almost all of the biggest clubs in Europe on the list from Ajax, JuventusInter Milan, BarcelonaAC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
His country is on the verge of qualifying for this winter’s World Cup and if Ibra is called up, he will likely become the second oldest midfielder to play in the tournament.
While some Chelsea fans can strain to remember Pizarro’s small impact at the club, Premier League flopping did nothing to stop his career. Werder Bremen fans must be sick of seeing him after he signed them an incredible 5 times.
His goal against RB Leipzig in 2019 made him the Bundesliga’s oldest goalscorer aged 40 and 227, although he did stay at the club for another season. However, he failed to get on the scoresheet in his 18 games the following year – retiring at the age of 41.
One of the more underrated strikers in recent England history, Sheringham has scored anywhere in a career that has seen him play for the likes. TottenhamUnited, Nottingham Forest and West Ham. In 2006, he became the biggest off-field player in the Premier League aged 40 years and 270 days but did not retire until a year later after a brief spell with Colchester United.
One of the most enduring players the world has ever seen, Zanetti’s motives are surprisingly simple – playing a total of 1,115 times for club and country. The former midfielder retired at the age of 41, an Inter Milan legend, where they retired his number 4 shirt.
Currently the director of the home team San Siro, Zanetti is known for his versatility when playing in defense and midfield.
A change of position allowed Giggs to continue as an important United star for three decades, where, with the help of Sir Alex Ferguson, he became one of the best players from the Premier League. the club’s past. The Welshman has transformed from an exciting winger to a deep midfielder, making more than 1,000 appearances for the Reds.
Giggs finally retired at the age of 41 in 2014, was part of Fergie’s greatest team and won 20 major titles along the way.
Arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time and without much objection, the Italian has enjoyed an extensive career at the top. He made his debut in 1995, but still competed 26 years later at the age of 44.
Now often found between posts at Parma in Serie B, Buffon could be one of the best players ever to win. Champions League.
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Matthews is possibly one of the most notable players of all time because of the fact that he actually went on to play into his 50s, making 40-somethings look like little mice. A Blackpool and Stoke legend, he played his last game five days after his 50th birthday – although he believes he can play for another two years.
The football legend was the first player to win the Ballon d’Or and the only player to be knighted in his career.
Arguably the greatest defender of all time and the absolute epitome of elegance, Maldini never broke a sweat throughout his career – perhaps that’s why he was able to carry on. for many decades. The AC Milan legend finally decided to call it a day in 2009 when he retired at the age of 41.
Inheriting his legacy is his son, Daniel, who is playing brilliantly at the San Siro but has a long way to go to match his father’s career.