13 footballers from the 1990s who are still playing in 2020 - and their market values

  • Rob Swan
AC Milan v UC Sampdoria - Serie A

Some footballers can’t stand the thought of retiring and go on for as long as possible before hanging up these boots.

These players are often fan favourites. Everybody loves a golden oldie!

Some footballers who are still active today made their professional debuts in the 1990s, which means they’ve now played in four different decades - a remarkable achievement.

Transfermarkt have listed some of these veterans, so we thought we’d take a closer look at their prolonged careers.

We’ll also look at their current market values, just for a bit of fun.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38)

Market value: £3.15m

Now back at AC Milan after conquering Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, the well-travelled and highly-decorated Ibrahimovic began his career with Malmo in 1999 and will be remembered as one of the greatest strikers of his generation.

The most expensive veteran on this list, valued at just over £3 million, we hope Zlatan continues playing well into his 40s!


Gianluigi Buffon (41)

Market value: £900k

Talking of footballers playing into their 40s, here’s the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.

The revered Italian goalkeeper, who made his professional debut for Parma way back in 1995, is now back at his beloved Juventus following a season at Paris Saint-Germain. Let’s hope he finally lands his hands on the Champions League before he hangs up his gloves.


Maxi Rodriguez (39)

Market value: £450k

The Argentine winger, who represented his country 57 times and played for clubs including Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, made his senior debut with Newell’s Old Boys in 1999.

Now back at Newell’s, the 39-year-old is in his 21st year as a professional. Good on you, Maxi!

Newell's Old Boys v Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata - Superliga Argentina 2019/20

Claudio Pizarro (41)

Market value: £450k

To be playing top-flight European football as an outfield player in your 40s is some achievement.

Pizarro, in his *fifth* spell at Werder Bremen, played his first professional match for Peruvian side Deportivo Wanka (no giggling at the back, please) in 1996.

SV Werder Bremen v FC Everton - Pre-Season Friendly

Roque Santa Cruz (38)

Market value: £225k

Another South American striker, Santa Cruz began his career with Olimpia in his native Paraguay.

Now 38, the former Bayern Munich and Manchester City centre-forward is back where it all started, having rejoined Olimpia in 2016.

Olimpia v LDU Quito - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019

Gareth Barry (38)

Market value: £675k

No player has made more Premier League appearances than Gareth Barry - not even Ryan Giggs!

The 38-year-old, who began his professional career with Aston Villa in 1998, has plied his trade with second-tier side West Brom since 2017.

Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion - Sky Bet Championship

Emre Belozoglu (39)

Market value: £450k

Born in September 1980, Emre made his professional debut with Galatasaray all the way back in 1996.

The 39-year-old, who has earned over 100 caps for Turkey, is currently in his third spell with Gala’s fierce rivals Fenerbahce.


Milan Baros (38)

Market value: £225k

Milan Baros! This is a blast from the past.

The former Liverpool and Czech Republic striker, who made his professional bow with Baník Ostrava in 1998, is still going strong at the age of 38. He currently plays for his first club.


Hilton (42)

Market value: £90k

Brazilian centre-back Hilton has spent most of his career playing in France and has been with Montpellier since 2011.

To be playing Ligue 1 football as a defender at the ripe old age of 42 is a remarkable feat from the South American, who made his professional debut with Chapecoense in 1996.


Kenny Miller (40)

Market value: £180k

Yes, former Scotland striker Kenny Miller is still playing!

The 40-year-old, who started out with Hibs in 1998, joined Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle in the summer and has scored nine goals in 23 games at the time of writing. Lovely stuff.

Celtic v Partick Thistle - Betfred Cup Scottish League Cup: Quarter Final

Dong-guk Lee (40)

Market value: £360k

If you can remember Dong-guk Lee, then either your memory is incredible or you love a bit of K League football.

The 40-year-old striker, who failed to score a single Premier League goal for Middlesbrough in 23 appearances between 2006-2008, has been banging in goals for fun with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors since 2009.

In 441 games, Lee has netted 206 goals. Great effort.


Shunsuke Nakamura (41)

Market value: £90k

The streets will never forget this baller.

Nakamura, who began his career with Yokohama F. Marinos in 1997, cemented his status as one of the world’s best free-kick takers during his spell with Celtic.

The 41-year-old joined Yokohama FC last year.


Kazuyoshi Miura (52)

Market value: £90k

Okay, this might be cheating a little bit, but we couldn’t not include this absolute hero.

Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns FIFTY-THREE next month, made headlines this week after signing yet another contract with the aforementioned Yokohama FC.

Unlike the rest on this list, Miura didn’t begin his career in the 1990s - he started out in the 1980s! To be precise, 1982 with Santos.

Still worth an impressive £90,000, the Japanese legend is an inspiration to all of us. We salute you, Kazuyoshi!

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