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All-star XI: Veterans of world football

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Buffon continues to get better with age. (©GettyImages)
Buffon continues to get better with age. (©GettyImages).

At 32 years of age, most footballers have already past the peak in their careers. Some, however, are still good enough to instill fear into their opponents. Here is the best team for players 32 and over.

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Who else? The Juventus 'keeper has still shown this season that he has the reflexes of a 25-year-old. The Italian remains to this day an undisputed starter both for his club and national team. The heart and soul of the Bianconeri.

Right-back: Javier Zanetti

Finishing his 18th and final season defending the colours of Inter Milan, Zanetti has had a very long and successful season. Still the captain of the Nerazzurri, the Argentine will be missed by the Inter fans.

Centre-back: John Terry

Another loyal player spending his entire career at the same club. Terry is known for his good powerful defensive interventions as well as his good heading ability. Having recently scored two goals at Fulham this week, Terry still has a few good seasons ahead of him.

Centre-back: Luisao

The Brazilian remains consistent throughout the season. Luisao still has several seasons of high level football to play. Having spent the last 10 years with Benfica, he has become a leader of the squad with 44 caps with Brazil.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Arguably the best left-back in the world at the moment. Cole gives his all every week and is one of England's greatest left-backs in modern history.

Right-midfield: Steven Gerrard

The biggest Liverpool fan and player himself, Gerrard is the first name on Brendan Rodgers' teamsheet. Having spent 16 years as a professional on Merseyside, Gerrard still has a contract lasting for the next two seasons.

Centre-midfield: Andrea Pirlo

One of the best shots in the game. Pirlo is as good with his left foot as with his right. The 33-year-old has only one season left on his contract with Juventus.

Left-midfield: Xavi

Having won the World Cup, two European cups, and two Champions Leagues in just the last five years, it's easy to say that Xavi has had a successful career. Having graduated from the youth ranks at Barcelona, he has now been a professional for 15 years and has earned 120 caps with Spain.

Right-wing: Dirk Kuyt

The Dutchman started off his career as a bit of a late bloomer. At the age of 26, Kuyt joined Liverpool in the Premier League where he reached his peak. He now counts 92 caps with the Netherlands. Currently playing in Turkey where his contract ends in the summer of 2015.

Centre-forward: Samuel Eto'o

Ever since joining Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, the Cameroonian prodigy still proves time and time again that he has the speed and stamina of a 23-year-old. The highest paid player on the planet has seen his market value barely decrease since he left Barcelona four years ago.

Left-wing: Simao Sabrosa

Currently at Espanyol with a contract lasting for one more season, it seems the Portuguese player's football career may be drawing to an end. Simao was known for keeping his calm, for his speed, dribbling ability and well taken penalties. After retiring from the national team after the 2010 World Cup, Simao has earned 85 caps for Portugal.

 

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