Opinion: A star-studded combined XI featuring players above 32 years of age
With the emergence of young guns season after season, people often tend to forget the importance of the older players who have done it all in their illustrious careers. Here’s an XI of players over the age of 32 who could still win you games today.
The 38-year-old is an absolute legend of the game and has played professional football for a staggering 24 years. Buffon’s career honours include 11 Serie A titles, 9 domestic cups, and 1 FIFA World Cup. Buffon currently plays for French Champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The 35-year-old is still going strong for PSG and is one of the best right-backs in the world. Alves has won multiple league titles in 3 different countries including 6 with Barcelona. Alves has also won 3 Champions League titles and a combined 23 trophies at club level.
The 35-year-old captains both Juventus and the Italian national team and has been one of the best centre-backs in the world over the years. The Italian has won 16 trophies with Juventus and also a Bronze medal with Italy at the Olympics.
Uruguay and Atletico Madrid’s skipper is arguably the best defender in world football today. The 33-year-old’s reading and positioning makes him an almost unbeatable force and has proven that time and again for his club and country.
The Brazilian’s talent has often been overshadowed by compatriot Marcelo but there is no denying the 33-year-old’s quality. Luis has won the La Liga with Atletico Madrid and the Premier League with Chelsea. The left-back has played over 200 games for Atletico and will go down as a club legend.
The 33-year-old is a 6-time Ukrainian champion and a 2-time Premier League champion. Fernandinho is one of the best defensive midfielders in modern day football and has played over 400 senior games for club and country.
The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner is the youngest player on this list at 32. Modric is one of the most technically gifted footballers in the world and is an integral part of Real Madrid’s team. Modric has been an important part of Los Blancos’ hattrick of Champions Leagues and Crotia’s run to the final of the 2018 World cup.
Although he isn’t a part of Barcelona anymore, Andreas Iniesta’s legacy at the Blaugrana will never be forgotten. Iniesta has literally won every competition he has ever played in including the FIFA World Cup, where he scored the winner in the final. Iniesta currently plays in the J-League with Vissel Kobe.
A 2-time European champion, World Champion, 3-time Premier League champion and a whole bunch of other career honours make David Silva one of the best in the business. Silva is a massive part of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team in the English top-flight.
The best player in the world in some people’s eyes is an absolute legend of the game. Ronaldo is a 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, 5-time Champions League winner, 3-time Premier League winner and a 2-time La Liga champion. the 33-year old’s career will be remembered decades from now and he will go down as one of the greatest of all time.
A champion in every league he’s been at, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best strikers in the past decade. The 37-year-old has played over 540 games in 7 different leagues and has scored over 340 goals. Ibra’s off-field antics often grabs the attention but on the pitch, he is deadly and is one of the greats of the game.