On Tuesday, Liverpool hammered PSG 3-2 in a commanding style at Anfield. There are several talking points in regard to that match but James Milner is in the middle of all of them. Paris giant front three Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani underperformed but 32-year-old English midfielder absolutely bossed the midfield. Man City fans thought he is finished when the club allowed him to join the Reds a few years ago but he seems to get younger every day. Today, we want to look at other old footballers that continue to defy age with great performances.
5. James Milner- 32 Years
Man City fans thought he is finished when the club allowed him to join the Reds a few years ago but he seems to get younger every day. England coach Gareth Southgate will have no choice but to call him once again soon.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo- 33 Years
In the end both parties got what they wanted. Perez got rid of an aging Ronaldo for over $100 million and Ronaldo left his dream club as a legend. Ultimately the two got tired of one another pic.twitter.com/MTq37lqbIr
— Madridista Haven¹³ (@MadridistaHaven) July 11, 2018
Juventus shocked the whole World this summer when they agreed to pay Real Madrid €100 million to secure the services of star player Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese became the most expensive player over the age of 30. It is unthinkable for any club to spend such kind of money on a player coming to the end of his career. However, if you look at his numbers, the deal looks like a bargain.
Last season, he netted 44 goals in 44 matches for the Los Blancos. In fact, he single-handedly carried his club all the way to UEFA Champions League final with 15 goals in 13 matches. He has an average of 40 plus goals per season. The Old Lady needs the European Cup so desperately and he is the man who has prevented it from happening in the last few years. This season, the fans expect nothing less. Let us not forget he might lift his sixth Ballon d’Or this year. CR7 is no doubt one of the best of all time.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic- 36 Years
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 16, 2018
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic once said he is like a fine wine which means he gets better with age. This might be true because he just can’t seem to slow down. All European clubs thought he is finished but since leaving Manchester United for a challenge in the MLS, he has scored 17 goals in only 22 matches.
This week, the Big Swede scored a crazy goal to take his total goal tally for club and country to 500. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only other two active players with 500+ goals. The interesting part is that he turns 37 on October 3rd. Like Buffon, he never got a chance to lift UEFA Champions League despite playing for several clubs that lifted it.