Lampard and Giggs showing that old is gold
Chelsea, Manchester United & Juventus stars show the older generation are still competing at the highest level
As players reach their final years, some take it easy, drop down a league (or two) and see out the end of their time with football.
However, here are three players who, despite their age, are still at the very top of their games and are showing no signs of slowing down.
1. Frank Lampard
Maybe one of the best midfielders of all time, Frank Lampard may be playing his last season at Chelsea. Why the Blues are considering letting him go is quite extraordinary. He's scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, with 11 goals Premier League, four more than the club's supposed star striker Fernando Torres.
Even as age caught up with him, Lampard has had to adapt his game and, in the 2011-12 season, he was asked to adopt a more defensive role. However, he still played a vital role in the team. But then there has always been Roman Abramovich's 30+ policy.
No club would blame an owner for not extending the contract of a player whose career is near the end. But fingers will be pointed if he gets rid of a player who is still at his peak.
2. Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs was a quality product of the Manchester United youth system. But unlike the case of Lampard, Giggs signed on for another season to keep on board till 2014. Even though his playing time has come down, he still makes some appearances which dazzle the whole world.
Like the second leg of Manchester United vs Real Madrid and his 900th appearance for United where he scored against Norwich to give United a vital three points. But the best part of it is the fact that he is still entrusted with the job of getting the ball through the flanks. At the age of 39, he is still one of the main players at Old Trafford.
3. Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo came to Juventus as a free agent and showed the world that he still has that special something. Antonio Conte played him alongside younger midfielders Marchisio and new signing Arturo Vidal in a three-man midfield. He provided experience and depth to the Juventus midfield.
He was a vital part of the Juve team that was unbeaten throughout the 2011-12 Serie A season. He was also a vital part of the Italian team which went on till the finals of Euro 2012.
Pirlo raised a lot of eyebrows with his performances at Euro 2012. A cheeky chip against England in the quarter-final penalty shootout was just one of the moments that illustrated his sheer class. The 33-year-old seamlessly commanded the centre of the park and left younger players to watch in awe.
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