Every year, we see players hanging their boots, saying Bye-Bye to the game. The retirement is mostly caused by the age or long-term injuries. But there are others who never let go, still pushing harder to keep it professional. All in all, here are seven players you can’t believe are still playing.
Djemba Djemba has played for 10 clubs in 10 different countries. France, England, Qatar, Denmark, Israel, Scotland, India, Indonesia, and Serbia. Now at 36, Djemba is now playing for Swiss fifth division club FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues. The midfielder from Cameroon had a two-year career in Manchester United and scored only once more for the club. Unsurprisingly, Red Devils showed him the dors in 2005.
Babel was the young promising product of Ajax. He failed to secure a regular first team position under three successive managers in Liverpool in mid-2007. The Dutchman moved to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in 2011 but still, he was marred by disciplinary problems with managers at the club. Babel moved from club to club, including Ajax, Kasimpasa, Al Ain FC, and others, but still didn’t stand still. Today he plays for Turkish club Besiktas.
Drogba has scored more goals than any other foreign player at Chelsea. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. But it turns out that the legend still hasn’t let go of the game. He is now playing in the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid in Phoenix Rising FC. The 39 years old also became an owner of the club making him the very first player-owner in football history.
During his time in Premier League, he was nicknamed “the little Mozart” for his ability to “orchestrate” the midfield. Rosicky ended his ten-year stay with Arsenal due to several long-term injuries. The good news is, the midfielder returned to his home nation and never quit football. Today he plays for Sparta Prague and is the current captain of the Czech Republic national team.
Joe Cole was a wonder-kid set to light up the Premier League. He spent seven seasons at Chelsea, playing 280 games in all competitions and winning ten trophies, including 3 League titles. He played for other clubs like Liverpool, Lille, West Ham, Aston Villa, and Coventry City. On 4 May 2016, Cole signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League (NASL). On 19 October, Cole was nominated for the NASL Golden Ball award.
Arshavin signed for Arsenal in 2008–09 on £15 million, becoming the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history at the time. He went on to become a brilliant, influential and spectacular player in Arsenal. Unfortunately, Arshavin received a lot of criticism later after, struggling to maintain his actual performance. He returned back to Zenit before joining Kuban Krasnodar. Andrey signed a one-year deal with FC Kairat in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Unsurprisingly, he has been impressive, becoming the Kazakhstan Player of the year.
Essien became the most expensive African footballer in history at the time he joined Chelsea for a £24.4 million transfer fee. The Ghanaian midfielder had a powerful and tough tackling playing style which has earned him the nickname “The Bison”. He left Chelsea to Real Madrid. Later, Essien joined AC Millan before Panathinaikos. But where is he now? He recently joined the Indonesian League in Persib Bandung.
For Ze Roberto, time simply doesn’t move as he’s still playing football professionally at the age of 43. Over a 20-year long career, Ze Roberto has got an impressive CV, having played for Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, and Bayern Munich. Today, he is captaining the Champions of the Brazilian top flight, Palmeiras and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.