Football is a sport in which age does have a role to play, and it is regarded that a player is in the peak of his career between 23 and 28 years of age.
There are a number of players who struggle when they lose their pace and ability to get behind defenders. For example, Michael Owen, who is only 31 years old, has not been effective since he lost his pace due to age and injuries and has struggled to make an impact.
However, there are many who have defied the effects of age and have adapted their game to suit their advantages.
However, there are some who make use of their experience and can still continue playing at the highest level.
The managers also have a key role in utilizing these players to the best of their abilities. Sir Alex Fergsuon for example believes in having experienced players in the team and under him, many players like Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have contributed a lot despite them being past their best.
Here is a list of players (over 34 years of age) who are past their peak and yet can contribute effectively to the team as they near the peak of their careers.