The following Champions League legends are not in the competition anymore. However, their contribution will forever remain in the history books. They pushed themselves to the limit to see their respective teams enjoy more success domestically and in Europe. As we prepare for the return of UEFA Champions League next week, let us look back at some of the best and oldest the competition has seen in recent years.
5. Edwin van der Sar – 40 years and 212 days
FC Barcelona v Manchester United FC, 28/05/2011
“You dream about playing for your country and of lifting the Champions League,” he said.
“When you do, you have the trophy in your hands for about five seconds and then you have to pass it to the next player. It’s amazing when next day, you have a picture and it’s going to be forever there, lifting that trophy.” Van der Sar will certainly remain in the memories of many Manchester United fans.
4. David Weir – 40 years and 212 days
Bursaspor v Rangers FC, 07/12/2010
“I don’t think about it; that’s the short answer really,” he told UEFA.com.
“I just think of myself as one of the players. I’m not interested in my age but I’ve been answering questions about it for long enough to realize it’s not going to change.”
3. Alessandro Costacurta – 40 years and 213 days
AEK Athens FC v AC Milan, 21/11/2006
He won 23 trophies in his career most of them coming in his Ac Milan days. He made 458 appearances for the Rossoneri, third all-time highest. He retired having made 660 Serie A appearances in total.