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World Football: Ranking the Top 17 Strikers over Age 34

Blake HickmanContributor IIINovember 11, 2011

World Football: Ranking the Top 17 Strikers over Age 34

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    These are the 17 strikers over age 34 that are still playing professional football and have scored at least 200 combined goals domestically and internationally. From Thierry Henry to Andriy Shevchenko to Cristiano Lucarelli to Francesco Totti, which striker over 34 still playing will come in first? Read on to find out.

17-: Cristiano Lucarelli (Italy)

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    • Age- 36
    • Club- Napoli (Italy)
    • Domestic- 495 appearances 202 goals
    • International- 6 appearances 3 goals
    • Total- 501 appearances 205 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.40

    An Italian striker who has spent most of his career as a journeyman playing for many different Italian clubs as well as Shakhtar Donetsk.

16-: Marco Di Vaio (Italian)

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    • Age- 35
    • Club- Bologna FC (Italy)
    • Domestic- 555 appearances 209 goals
    • International- 14 appearances 2 goals
    • Total- 569 appearances 211 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.37

    Another Italian journeyman who has spent his career playing throughout Serie A as well as spells with Valencia and Monaco.

15-: Frederic Kanoute (Mali)

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    • Age- 34
    • Club- Sevilla (Spain)
    • Domestic- 471 appearances 190 goals
    • International- 39 appearances 23 goals
    • Total- 510 appearances 213 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.41

    A Malian national with good spells in France and England, he currently plays for Spanish club Sevilla for which he has nearly 250 appearances and 124 goals.

14: Antonio Di Natale (Italy)

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    • Age- 34
    • Club- Udinese (Italy)
    • Domestic- 520 appearances 215 goals
    • International- 36 appearances 10 goals
    • Total- 556 appearances 225 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.40

    He played for several different Italian football clubs when he was younger but has settled well with Udinese, which he has played for since 2004.

13: Stern John (Trinidad)

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    • Age- 35
    • Club- North East Stars (Trinidad)
    • Domestic- 467 appearances 163 goals
    • International- 113 appearances 70 goals
    • Total- 580 appearances 233 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.41

    A player who started his career in the USA and moved to England where he played for nine different English sides, he currently plays in his home country of Trinidad with the North East Stars.

12: Luca Toni (Italy)

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    • Age- 34
    • Club- Juventus (Italy)
    • Domestic- 506 appearances 238 goals
    • International- 47 appearances 16 goals
    • Total- 553 appearances 238 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.43

    Yet another Italian journeyman who has played for 12 different Serie A teams as well as a spell with German giants Bayern Munich.

11: Juan Pablo Angel (Columbia)

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    • Age- 36
    • Club- Chivas USA (USA)
    • Domestic- 632 appearances 245 goals
    • International- 33 appearances 9 goals
    • Total- 665 appearances 254 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.38

    Started his career in his home country of Columbia before moving to Argentina, followed by good spells in England with Aston Villa and in then in the USA with several different clubs.

10: Robbie Fowler (England)

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    • Age- 36
    • Club- Muangthong United (Thailand)
    • Domestic- appearances 573 goals 249
    • International- appearances 26 goals 7
    • Total-599 appearances 256 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.42

    The Liverpool legend, he scored over 200 goals for the Reds in two separate spells with the club. He has also had spells with several different English and Australian sides. Currently plays in the Thai Premier League with Muangthong United.

9: Francesco Totti (Italy)

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    • Age- 35
    • Club- Roma (Italy)
    • Domestic- 617 appearances 262 goals
    • International- 58 appearances 9 goals
    • Total- 675 appearances 271 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.40

    Our first one-club man on the list, he has spent his entire playing career with Roma in Serie A and is the clubs top goal-scorer of all time.

8: David Trezeguet (France)

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    • Age- 34
    • Club- Baniyas SC (UAE)
    • Domestic- 477 appearances 245 goals
    • International- 71 appearances 34 goals
    • Total-548 appearances 279 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.50

    Began playing in Argentina before good spells with Monaco and Juventus, followed by a spell in Spain; he currently plays in the UAE for Baniyas SC.

7: Hernan Crespo (Argentina)

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    • Age- 36
    • Club- Parma (Italy)
    • Domestic- 604 appearances 273 goals
    • International- 64 appearances 35 goals
    • Total- 668 appearances 308 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.46

    Another player who began his career in Argentina, he soon moved to Italy, playing for 5 different Serie A sides with a not-so-successful spell at Chelsea in England as well.

6: Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)

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    • Age- 38
    • Club- AC Milan (Italy)
    • Domestic- 614 appearances 287 goals
    • International- 57 appearances 25 goals
    • Total- 671 appearances 312 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.46

    Another Italian striker, he played for several Serie A sides before having his most successful spells with Juventus and AC Milan, who he has played for since 2001.

5: Alessandro Del Piero- (Italy)

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    • Age-37
    • Club- Juventus (Italy)
    • Domestic- 698 appearances 286 goals
    • International- 91 appearances 27 goals
    • 789 appearances 313 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.39

    Began his career with Padova in Italy but soon moved to Juventus, where he has made nearly 700  appearances and scored almost 300 goals since he started there in 1993.

4: Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)

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    • Age- 35
    • Club- Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)
    • Domestic- 643 appearances 324 goals
    • International- 103 appearances 46 goals
    • Total- 746 appearances 370 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.49

    A Ukrainian national, he has had successful spells in the Ukraine, Italy and England playing for Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan and Chelsea.

3: Thierry Henry (France)

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    • Age- 34
    • Club- NY Red Bulls (USA)
    • Domestic- 691 appearances  321 goals
    • International- 123 appearances 51 goals
    • Total- 814 appearances 372 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.45

    The famous French striker began his career with Monaco in France before a short unsuccessful spell in Italy with Juventus. He then had his most successful time in his career playing for Arsenal in England, becoming their top scorer of all time and favorite player of most gunners.

    After leaving Arsenal he moved to FC Barcelona, and after a three year spell with Barcelona he moved to the USA with the NY Red Bulls.

2: Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)

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    • Age- 35
    • Club- Malaga CF (Spain)
    • Domestic- 563 appearances 343 goals
    • International- 70 appearances 35 goals
    • Total- 633 appearances 378 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.59

    Began his career in his home country of the Netherlands, followed by successful spells in England, Spain and Germany. He is in the top ten all-time goal scorers for Manchester United with 150 goals scored for them.

1: Raul Gonzalez (Spain)

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    • Age- 34
    • Club- Schalke 04 (Germany)
    • Domestic- 810 appearances 349 goals
    • International- 102 appearances 44 goals
    • Total- 912 appearances 393 goals
    • Goals Per Game- 0.43

    Raul Gonzalez is Real Madrid's all time leading goal scorer as well as being Europe's top goal scorer of all time, with 71 goals scored in Europe. Raul spent 16 years playing for Real Madrid, scoring over 300 goals for them before moving to Schalke 04 in Germany, where he has kept up his goal-scoring exploits.

Records

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    Most Goals Per Game- Ruud Van Nistelrooy with 0.59 goals per game.

    Most Appearances- Raul Gonzalez with 912 combined domestic and international appearances.

    Most Domestic Goals- Raul Gonzalez with 349 domestic goals.

    Most International Goals- Stern John with 70 international goals.

    Oldest- Filippo Inzaghi at 38 years of age.

    Country With Most Strikers on List- Italy with seven players on the list.

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