World Football's 15 Best Players Age 35 and Over

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World Football's 15 Best Players Age 35 and Over
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It's always a fashionable topic to discuss future stars of the game and debate which players will become the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

What's not as prominent, however, is a focus on the elder statesmen of the game—the players adaptable enough to impact several different eras of football.

Therefore, here's a look at some of those seasoned professionals still competing and bettering athletes half their age.

All of the following are playing past their 35th birthday and making major contributions in a competitive environment.

Due to several goalkeepers finding their most consistent form in their thirties, this is a list of outfield players only.


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