Choosing the best 30 footballers over the age of 30 is obviously a difficult process.
In general, by the time players reach 30, they're either in the latter part of their prime or they're over the hill. Injuries happen more frequently. Recovery times become longer.
In short, most players over 30 aren't the players they used to be.
You could probably say that about most of the players on this list. But at the same time, all the players on this list are still playing great football—in some cases well into their 30s.
So, here are the criteria. These players have to be 30 years old or older. The cutoff date for turning 30 is December 31, 2011. Injuries have been taken into account, as have current form, overall accomplishments and reputation.
Hopefully, this list balances the best of what these players are doing now with the best of what they've already accomplished.
Let's get started.