Golden oldies XI
Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Thierry Henry all feature in our 35 and over all-star XI
At the age of 39, Ryan Giggs made his 1000th professional appearance against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
He is one of the great footballers who are still playing at ages considered old for footballers. There are also many other fne players taht are still succeeding as they reach their twilight years. Here's my fantasy 11 of players aged 35 and above that are still playing the game:
Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel - Tottenham - 41
At the age of 41, Brad Frieldel is currently the oldest player in the Premier League. Perhaps most famous for his record run of 310 consecutive Premier League games, the American is a great keeper. Despite playing second fiddle to Hugo Lloris at Spurs, he is still worthy of a place in my team.
Right Back: Javier Zanetti - Inter Milan - 39
Argentine veteran Zanetti is a great within Italian football. Deployed mainly as a right back, Argentina's most capped player is very versatile, able to play on the left, right or in the middle. Known as "The Tractor" due to his strength and resilience, he is a true legend, with five Serie A titles and a Champions League to his name.
Left Back: Ian Harte - Reading - 35
Although he cannot compete with the success of his fellow full back, Irishman Ian Harte is still deserving of a place on my team. The former Sunderland, Blackpool and Levante player is most famous for his nine year spell with Leeds, where he played in the Premier League. Most recently, the set piece specialist is famous for helping Reading win the Chamionship in 2012.
Centre Back: Jamie Carragher - Liverpool - 35
Jamie Carragher is one of the most famous players in Liverpool's history. Despite being more famous for own goals than actual goals, the solid defender has still had a prolific career. A Champions League, a UEFA Cup and two FA Cups will not be forgotten by the fans when he retires at the end of the season.
Centre Back: Alessandro Nesta - Montreal Impact - 36
Alessandro Nesta; without a doubt, one of the finest defenders to ever grace the football field. He originally made his name at Lazio before making the move to giants AC Milan. He made his name in his ten year spell there, becoming one of the greatest centre backs in the world. Now at Montreal Impact to see out his career, Nesta will always be remembered as a true great.
Right Midfield: David Beckham - PSG - 37
David Beckham is one of the most famous players we have seen in the modern game. The famous free kick specialist has spent time at no less than six clubs around the globe. A global giant for his work on and off the pitch, he finishes his career as a legend worthy of both PSGs team and my team.
Left Midfield: Ryan Giggs - Manchester United - 39
This man really needs no introduction. He is a true legend at Old Trafford, Manchester United's most decorated players and the only man who has scored in every Premier League season. Need I say more? Well, except for his 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues, nothing really.
Centre Midfield: Paul Scholes - Manchester United - 38
A man who is just as much a legend in Manchester is Paul Scholes. Just a year younger then Giggs, the two have played together in three different decades and have won so much together. You couldn't have Giggs in a dream team without having Scholes alongside him.
Centre Midfield: Clarence Seedorf - Botafogo - 36
Clarence Seedorf is a legend no matter how you look at it. The Dutch midfielder has enjoyed prosperous periods at clubs across mainland Europe and now Botafogo of Brazil. in his long career, Seedorf has won five league titles and four Champions Leagues. That's a record worthy of my team.
Striker: Alessandro Del Piero - Sydney FC - 38
Yet another outstandingly decorated player makes our team, Alessandro Del Piero. 333 goals in a career spanning 23 years so far, the former Juventus captain has his place reserved up front. an outstanding captain, teammate and goal-scorer, the Italian, who will probably finish his career in the A-League, is worthy of his place in the side.
Striker: Thierry Henry - New York Red Bulls - 35
Rounding off the fearsome Golden Oldies is Thierry Henry. Arsenal's record goalscorer and former captain, Champions League winner with Barcelona and inspirational figure for the New York Red Bulls, there is no logical reason to leave him out. Like Del Piero, he is a great goalscorer who can also assist other players with his eye for a pass.
Is this how your team would look? Are there any improvements to make? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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