4 Old Footballers Who Still Have Gas Left in the Tank

John RichardsonCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2012

4 Old Footballers Who Still Have Gas Left in the Tank

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    30 is the new 20, or so it seems for the aging stars of modern day football.

    While it may be difficult for these dinosaurs to compete physically with younger players, their skill and class remain stronger than ever.

    Here are four old footballers who can still have prolific seasons for their respective clubs in 2012-13.

Paul Scholes

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    Manchester United's Ginger Prince has been teeter-tottering between retirement and continuing his professional career for some time now.

    After an illustrious 17 years with the club, Scholes officially announced his retirement in the summer of 2011.

    A short six months later, we once again saw the 37-year-old footballer back in the side, sporting No. 22 as opposed to his previously famed No. 18 shirt.

    When asked about the comeback (via the Independent), Sir Alex Ferguson said:

    He's not going to play every game but in terms of composure and passing ability, is there a better player going around? Definitely not.

    According to the Belfast Telegraph, Scholes is keen on extending his Manchester United career for one more season and hopes to regain the title from rivals Manchester City.

Andrea Pirlo

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    Italian midfield maestro, Andrea Pirlo raised a lot of eyebrows with his performances at Euro 2012.

    A cheeky chip against England in the quarterfinal penalty shootout was just one of the moments that illustrated his sheer class.

    The 33-year-old seamlessly commanded the center of the park and left younger, more able-bodied players to watch in awe.

    His contract with Juventus runs until 2014, but the Turin club will likely look to extend that if he can continue his impressive form.

Ryan Giggs

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    What would this list be without the energizer bunny Ryan Giggs.

    The winger surpassed an 88-year-old Olympic record yesterday by becoming the oldest player to score a goal at the games.

    After taking off on a typical slalom run, the Welshman dished the ball off and latched onto a cross from Craig Bellamy, coolly slotting his header into the bottom corner.

    While Giggs didn't look overly impressive in 2011-12 for Manchester United, he still managed to grab two goals and eight assists in 25 matches.

    He's made over 900 appearances for the Red Devils since his debut as a 17-year-old in 1991 and looks set to add to that tally in the upcoming season.

Brad Friedel

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    There doesn't look to be an end in sight for 41-year-old American Brad Friedel.

    During his career in the England, Friedel has made over 450 appearances for four separate clubs (Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham).

    And wherever he's been, he's been a success.

    While playing for Aston Villa, he broke the record for the most consecutive league appearances on November 30, 200. He certainly has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the history of the Premier League.

    He is currently Tottenham's No. 1, but if the Daily Mail's report of an impending deal to acquire Hugo Lloris are to be believed, then Friedel could once again find himself on the move.