Everybody in football enjoys seeing the emergence of a next generation of stars and watching as they attempt to climb to the top of the game. Those in the autumn of their career, though, can often be forgotten.
While the likes of Ryan Giggs, playing at the age of 40, will always be the exception rather than the rule, modern scientific advancements should allow players to sustain their peak levels longer. Indeed, many of football's current leading stars are already in their 30s.
Who, then, are the best of those already heading into the final stage of their careers? Bleacher Report attempts to rank the top 30 players already past their 30th birthday (as of April 1, 2014).
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