Recently retired Fabio Cannavaro won the FIFA World Player of the Year at 33 years of age. Yet in world football, there has always been a strong emphasis on out with the old and in with the youth.
When you turn 30, for some players it’s the beginning of the end. Just look at former Aston Villa player Lee Hendrie who is playing in Indonesia. Then there’s former Leeds United and Liverpool player Harry Kewell who having been cut by Galatasaray, is holding Football Federation Australia to a king’s ransom regarding his possible appearance in the A-League.
That being said let us look at the top 25 current world football players 30 years or over who, despite their age, have demonstrated this season that they still have what it takes to play football at a high level.