Retired Footballers Who Could Still Play in Today's Game

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Ryan Giggs is still playing for Manchester United at the grand old age of 39. Paolo Maldini kept going for AC Milan until he was 41.

It makes you wonder how many retired players left the game too soon.

Andriy Shevchenko bowed out after Euro 2012, where his heroics for Ukraine lifted the host nation to a state of euphoria and reinforced his status as a national treasure. At 36, he’s now left the game behind for politics.

Roberto Carlos was still playing last season, for Anzhi in Russia. Could the 39-year-old come out of retirement and still hold his own? Of course he could.

And what of Zinedine Zidane? The majestic footballing poet is now 40, but showed in a friendly match last December he still has the ability to turn on his magic.

In this clip, B/R lead writer Will Tidey looks at a few retired players who could probably still do it. Be sure to leave your thoughts below.

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