Picking a World Over-30 XI

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Picking a World Over-30 XI
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Pirlo is the perfect example of the 'Golden Oldie'

Life may or may not begin at 40, but in the football world the number 30 has traditionally been a dreaded landmark. That birthday marks the beginning of the end for a professional player, who if they are fortunate will have around a few more years to prove their talents before retirement and a life of coaching or punditry looms. 

That is not to say that those entering their fourth decade have nothing to offer; far from it. Some of the world's greatest stars kept their talents long into their 30s, while others only reached their true potential in the twilight of their careers; the famous "late bloomer" in the football world. 

Indeed, according to many observers, certain positions, due to the importance placed on experience and nous over raw skill, are best filled with an old head or two. 

Some of the most talented players currently in action have passed the dreaded milestone, and here we pick the best of the best in one very special team. 

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