- The Football Lovers has compiled a list of top footballers over 30 years of age
- Recently, we have seen some players defying the laws of mother nature to continue performing at the highest level of football regardless of their age.
- Age is just a number in football. It doesn’t define the quality of a player.
- Their age might suggest that they’re near the end of the careers but they continue to cut above the rest.
Note: Players who prefer playing on the wing are not included in this list. Only strikers.
List of top footballers over 30 years of age
10. Kazuyoshi Miura (Yokohama FC)
The oldest most active professional football player in the world in 2021 is Kazuyoshi Miura at the age of 50 years old. Kazuyoshi has been playing for the Japanese football club Yokohama since 2005. He has also played for other clubs in South America, Europe and Australia. He led Japan to their first-ever world cup in 1998 scoring 14 goals in the qualifications.
9. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
In the previous season, Jamie Vardy became the Premier League’s top scorer. At 33, Jamie won the top scorer race in the world’s most powerful league.
Jamie started his career late, and until the age of 21, the footballer worked at a factory. In the 2015/16 season, Vardy, along with Leicester, won the Premier League and became a world star. Since that season, Vardy has played better and is one of the best strikers in the league.
This season, Vardy, along with Leicester, is fighting for the top four of the Premier League.
8. Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Dries was one of the talented footballers of the Belgian national team, but he became a world star at a later age. In the summer of 2016, Gonzalo Higuain left Napoli, and the new striker Milik was injured. Maurizio Sarri was forced to put Mertens in the position of central striker, but this decision turned out to be correct. Mertens became a top forward, and a few seasons later became the top scorer in Napoli history. Now the Belgian footballer is 33 years old.
7. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)
Like Mertens, Ciro Immobile was considered a talented footballer but realized his potential at a later age. Last season, Immobile became the top scorer in Europe and won the Golden Boot prize. Now Ciro is 31 years old, and Transfermakrt estimates him at 45 million euros.
6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Aubameyang became a star at a young age. Pierre-Emerick spent his best period in Borussia Dortmund, and then moved to Arsenal. Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leader and one of the Premier League’s top strikers. Now he is 31 years old, and his market value is 35 million euros.
5. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero has been one of the finest strikers on the planet. He has been consistent with his form on the blue side of Manchester for 10 years and running.
In his 10 years at Manchester City, Aguero has scored 180 goals in 263 appearances. Though he missed some part of last season with an injury, the Argentinian was excellent in front of the goal and scored 24 goals from 34 appearances across all competitions.
He is 32 now, but it still seems like has a lot left in his tank.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)
Zlatan is an absolute machine at his age. While he is on his way to reach his forties, Ibrahimovic has scored an impressive 53 goals in 58 games for LA Galaxy.
He joined AC Milan as a free agent in January 2020, scoring 10 goals in 18 matches for the Italian side. Ibrahimovic is 38 years old now but it’s surprising to see the stats he puts up!
One thing for sure, though, is that it’s never boring when Ibrahimovic is in town.
3. Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona)
Luis Suarez has been amazing throughout his career, especially at Barcelona and Liverpool. He may not be at his prime anymore, but he is still one of the deadliest goal-getters in the world.
Suarez scored 21 goals in 34 appearances across the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League last season. At 33-years-old, he looks like he might have a few more years in him.
2. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema, 32-years-old, has been a consistent goal-getter for Real Madrid for many years. He has had his ups and downs over the past few seasons but his performances in the last season alone are enough to show that even at 32-years-old, he remains one of the top strikers in the world.
He played a vital role in Madrid’s success in La Liga last season. Karim Benzema scored 26 goals and racked up 10 assists across all competitions and was arguably Real Madrid’s best player – as they clinched their 34th La Liga title.
1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
It would be an understatement to say that Robert Lewandowski just got robbed off a Ballon d’Or. He was performing insanely and there wasn’t even going to be much of a debate about it.
At 32 years of age, he won the treble with Bayern Munich; winning the Bundesliga, the Champions League, and the DFB Pokal cup. He was also the top goal scorer in all the competitions, even surpassing the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lewandowski scored a whopping 55 goals from 47 appearances for Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 season. He scored 15 goals in 10 Champions League appearances and was virtually unstoppable in the competition.
The Polish international is easily the best striker in the business right now. Even at his age, he is getting goals more than the players of young age. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep this up.
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