5 Veterans Who Still Have Life Left in the Premier League
The English Premier League at times could be called a league that is truly "no country for old men."
However, there are those select few that despite their continued aging still have the fight, drive and outstanding talent to remain at the top of their game in the works most physically demanding football league.
In many systems players that reach the age of 30 and beyond start to be phased out, but these five players have managed to avoid that for the majority of their aging and are still at the height of their games despite the belief that they are nearing the end or past their primes.
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Although many may think that a player at the age of 41 is past his best, Tottenham Hotspur recently rewarded veteran goalkeeper and captain, Brad Freidel with a new two-year contract that sees him tied to the club until 2014.
He may be getting up in age, but the wily American continues to battle for a first-team place with Hugo Lloris, who is just over half of his competition's age.
At the rate he is going, Freidel could eventually make a run to be the oldest player in the history of the English Premier League before he hangs up his boots and stows away his gloves.
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Although he looks set to leave Chelsea in the near future, veteran midfielder Frank Lampard is one that could most certainly still have years left on his English Premier League career if he chose for it to be so.
Despite his beloved Blues giving him a little more of a cold shoulder this campaign, he proved last week against Everton that there is a reason he is the fifth-highest scorer in the history of the EPL and the highest scoring midfielder in the charts.
It will be sad to see the 34-year-old leave Stamford Bridge, but he has much more time to prove he still has his full accompaniment of skills at his disposal.
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Everton captain and hard-working utility player who can make his presence felt in almost any position in the middle or defensive third of the pitch, Phil Neville continues to soldier on in the English Premier League at the age of 35 and soon to be 36 on January 21, 2013.
He had a great career at Manchester United, but his true test now is to help the Toffees get back to the UEFA Champions League. For the first time in many years, the club look to be capable of doing so if they maintain the great run of form from the first half of the campaign.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs
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There really is no way to mention Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs without one another. The veteran Manchester United midfielders, aged 38 and 39 respectively, continue to prove that age is no object when they are on the pitch at Old Trafford.
Although they are not permanent first-team options any longer, they continue to embrace their abilities and when called upon rarely disappoint.
With this potentially their last season in Red Devil kits, although they both could undoubtedly continue on for next season, their goal is to return the English Premier League title to their side one last time before they ride off into the sunset and retire on top.
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If there is one over-30 player in the English Premier League who has anything left to prove, it is Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. "Captain Fantastic" has done it all with the Reds, from winning the League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League and beyond, but he has been eluded by one piece of silverware his entire career.
The one thing left for Gerrard to lift before his end of days at Anfield is the English Premier League title. If there is one player the fans want to see return glory to Anfield it is most certainly their leader and club legend, Stevie G.
Rumors of another contract extension for the player from manager Brendan Rodgers, according to Metro, shows just how important the 32-year-old continues to be for the club as he has once again reinvented himself under a new manager and is proving vital to the clubs future as he always has since pulling on a Liverpool kit for the first time.