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Premier League: Top five ageing stars

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Here's a look at five of the best Premier League players all at the age of 34 years and above.

For me these are the greatest oldies currently in the Premier League and deserve a honrable mention for the work they're putting in for their clubs. 

Sylvian Distin - Everton

Distin has been at Everton for four years now and at the age of 35 is still a towering defender in the Toffee's defence. Forming a great partnership with Phil Jagielka, they have made Everton's back-four one of the toughest to break in the Premier League along with fellow defenders Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines.

The former Manchester City and Portsmouth captain has gone on to make 130 league appearances for Everton and solidify himself as one of the Premier League's toughest seniors on the pitch. With great strength and defensive brains Distin on his day is still to this day a nightmare for strikers in England's top flight. 

Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United

Signing for United 11 years ago, Ferdinand was bought for the highest fee paid for any English football ever and at the time was the world's most expensive defender. I don't think there are many who could deny that Ferdinand has proved his worth for such a large fee by dominating the Premier League ever since he joined the Red Devils 11 years ago.

Captaining both United in his prime and having led the England national team numerous times Ferdinand has accumulated 300 appearances for United. Just this year Ferdinand signed a one-year extension on his contract which shows his talents are not over yet. Still a rock at the heart of United's defence, Ferdinand is still feared today by strikers playing their trade in England's top flight. 

Jussi Jaaskelainen - West Ham

At the age of 38, Jaaskelainen is still performing to a high level in the goal for West Ham. Jaaskelainen previously spent 15 years at Bolton Wanderers before they were relegated and promoted West Ham signed up the goalkeeper in an instance.

With so much experience the goalkeeper is still pulling off magnificent saves and giving it all he has got in every match. In April of this year, the club activated the option for a contract extension, therefore keeping Jaaskelainen at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Possibly not as recognised as the other players on this list, Jaaskelainen started every single game of West Ham's 38-game premier league season and was also named the Hammers' player of the year runner-up which shows just how well he is still performing. 

Ryan Giggs - Manchester United

Ryan Giggs needs no introduction. He has truly lived his footballing career to the fullest. Being involved in Manchester United's first-team since he was a youngster, who knew he would be there for the next 23 years and continue to shine.

Giggs now with a player-coach role is not done with his career by all means, and is still challenging for spots on the United side. Perhaps he doesn't have the fitness to play 90 minutes of full premier league football but he sure does give it his all when he's on the pitch.

Giggs is undoubtedly one for the record books and his touches of his brilliance are still around for example his assist for Robin Van Persie's goal in their recent 4-1 demolition of Swansea. 

Frank Lampard - Chelsea

Frank Lampard, at the age of 35, is still breaking records. A Chelsea legend, he is the Blues' all-time leading goalscorer and he isn't quite finished with hitting balls into the back of the opposition's nets.

Recently scoring a thumping free-kick in Chelsea's victory over Hull Lampard is still to this day showing his worth at the Blues and will be looking to continue to impress until he thinks it's his time to go. As a Chelsea fan Lampard has always been a Chelsea great, he captained Chelsea in both their Champions League and Europa League final victories, and I would hope is a certainty to become a Chelsea and Premier League legend. 

Of course there are others, in the likes of 40-year-old Kevin Phillips as well as Mark Schwarzer however these are the five I thought are currently the most impressive. All of the five are still featuring for their clubs and contributing largely so I hope they don't end their careers too soon as they would be missed dearly by any fan of the Premier League. 

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