Italy is not the league it once was. It has evolved since the days of it being a haven for players in the latter years of their careers who were still capable of producing in Serie A.
The game has quickened, and tactics have evolved, meaning it is tougher for the elder statesmen of the game to prolong their careers in this league.
There are exceptions, as the tactical nous of managers at Italian clubs exceeds most other leagues in Europe.
Therefore, managers are often better equipped to maintain the quality of an older player with their tactical excellence. As a result, outstanding players can be accommodated more in this league.
Some, though, are simply performing at the same level that they always have been. They do not need to be carried or for the game in any way.
Here are five of the best footballers who are ageing flawlessly in Italy.