Best 11: Over 30

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Some players just keep getting better, it doesn't matter how old they are. Never has a team succeeded without an experienced player in its squad - they are one of the most important factors for any football club. 

Here, Fabricio Santos attempts to make a team with only over-30 players that are still playing their best football, to confirm that all the great teams need an older player.

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas 

Although this is one of the most difficult positions to choose, I think Casillas would be my goalkeeper, even with a contender as Gianluigi Buffon. 

The Spain legend is the best goalkeeper I've watched, with great reflexes and positioning, and he is the only goalkeeper in history that have won the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper Award five times in a row. 

In addition to that, he has won one World Cup (2010), two Champions League (1999-2000, 2001-2002) and two UEFA European Championship (2008,2012).

Right-back: Daniel Alves

Unquestionably, the Barcelona right-back is the best in the world. His running, passing and crossing keep improving year after year, and he has a safe spot as the number two in Brazil's squad. The easiest choice on this team.

Centre-back: Nemanja Vidic

The Serbia international is a safe defender who made history at Manchester United. Although his career was marked by several injuries, Vidic is still one of the best defenders in the world, and deserves a spot in this team.

Centre-back: John Terry 

Chelsea's legend has been a top defender for years. Even with his advanced age, is unlikely to see Terry replaced from Chelsea's first-team. He has a good header and is a very intelligent player.

Left-back: Patrice Evra

Another Red Devils' defender. The 32-year-old left-back is still one of the best. He is a modern player, and seldom makes huge mistakes. A secure option, and a winner, considering that he has won five Premier League titles.

Centre-midfield: Xavi

Although Barcelona are still searching for the new-Xavi, it seems impossible to find a replacement that has his skills. One of the best in history, Xavi is still playing his best, with great passing accuracy and leadership. 

He is the engine that makes both Spain and Barcelona play. Another big winner, with Champions League and World Cup titles.

Centre-midfield: Andrea Pirlo 

At the age of 35, the Juventus player is like a fine wine, and keeps getting better with age. Not only he has great passing, but also his shooting is superb. 

Just like Xavi, he is the engine of La Vecchia Signora and the Italian national team. Pirlo is also a stunning free-kick and corner taker.

Centre-midfield: Frank Lampard

Also 35, Frank Lampard is a dynamic player, capable of scoring wonderful goals. He has a high-quality passing and great influence among Chelsea's players and fans. 

The only midfielder that has ever scored more than 150 goals in the Premier League.

Forward: Frank Ribery

Bayern's star, Frank Ribery is one of the best in the world. His dribbling and crossing are outstanding. Ribery keeps getting better year after year, and even at 30-years-old he is still playing his best football. 

If Pep Guardiola's team wants to add more trophies this season, they will need Ribery in his best form.

Centre-forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Sweden international is another player that keeps getting better as time passes by. His finishing is great, such as his heading and passing. 

With more than 250 goals in his career, Zlatan is Paris Saint Germain's best player, and the reason that make the supporters expect more from the team in the next season.

Centre-forward: Didier Drogba

Galatasay's best player is also 35. Despite his age, Drogba is still a top player. He is lethal in front of the goal, and is a great penalty taker. 

Drogba was the most important player in Chelsea's most important title, the 2012 UEFA Champions League. I have no doubt whatsoever that Drogba has more quality than any of Chelsea's current strikers, and could easily play in any team around the world.


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