For some in the game today, age can appear to be no barrier. At the end of the day, a footballer’s career is all too often over before it even begins. After all, with so much money in the soccer world, many are looking to earn as many bucks as possible before pulling the chord on their career. Whether this is through injury or simply down to another factor, players are here to make the most out of their natural talent.
Take for example one of the most gifted players in history, Ronaldo. The Brazilian has shocked many around the world by announcing he is to get in shape to turn out for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. At the tender age of 38, the three time FIFA world player of the year has dazzled many previously. Yet as he nears 40, age for some seems to be no issue.
In addition to this, Raul has dipped his footballing toe back in the game. One of the all-time greats for Real Madrid, the former Spanish international has recently laced up his boots up again for the New York Cosmos. Although he is one year younger than Ronaldo, he has shown that his passion for the game is everlasting despite featuring in the not so sought after NASL.
Aside from these legendary greats, there have also been a host of other footballers who have played on in spite of Old Father Time. This includes the likes of Chris Day who turned out for Stevenage Borough at the grand old age of 39. Meanwhile, the oldest player to appear in the Football League goes to Neil McBain who appeared for New Brighton. He was more than 50 years of age when he achieved this particular feat.
But who exactly are the oldest players of all time?
10 Kazuyoshi Miura
9 Andrea Pierobon
8 Faryd Mondragón
7 Aleksandar Đurić
The name may not be that familiar to too many people but Aleksandar Đurić is another name to contend with. In a previous existence, believe it or not the former footballer’s claim to fame was that he was Yugoslavian kayaking champion. He achieved this unlikely feat at the youthful age of 15. He was ranked in the top 10 in the world and then went on to sign up for the Army at just 17 years old.
6 Teddy Sheringham
With his last club in 2008, Teddy Sheringham was one of the oldest players of all time. His last club was for lower league side Colchester United where he turned 42 years old. This was back in 2008 but it was for another United where he achieved iconic status. The former Tottenham Hotspur striker moved to Old Trafford and was one of the scorers in the momentous win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final.
5 Marco Ballotta
His last club may have been back in 2012, but there is no denying the fact that Marco Ballotta deserves his place on the list. The former goalkeeper appeared for San Cesario at the age of 43 having made his debut in the game three decade earlier. Ballotta played for a variety of clubs during his lengthy career such as Modena not to mention Reggiana and Lazio.
4 John Burridge
One of the most gifted Brazilian players of his generation, Rivaldo courted the headlines last year for an altogether different reason. The former Barcelona great turned out for Mogi Mirim in his native Brazil at 42 years of age in 2014. Better known as Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira, he was actually playing at the same club as his son called Rivaldinho. A former World Player of the Year, Rivaldo has had many awards bestowed upon his legendary footballing shoulders. This includes being inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame.
2 Andy Legg
1 Dave Beasant
Formerly one of Wimbledon’s famous “Crazy Gang” side which beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final Dave Beasant has rolled back the years recently. In fact he was to go down in the record books in the very same Cup Final. This was for being the first keeper to save a penalty spot kick in an FA Cup Final. His playing career took in numerous clubs ranging from Chelsea to Southampton and Newcastle United. Yet Beasant came to the fore in the last few months as he was named as a substitute for his current club Stevenage Borough. At present, Beasant is a goalkeeping coach but the club called upon his experienced shoulders after his son Sam was unable to play. This took place in a fixture against Carlisle United in October 2014 with Beasant appearing on the bench at an astonishing 55 years of age.
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