Premier League Players Who Have Crossed 30 But Still Rule The Game

The youth has a great influence on the game these days. We have great examples in Chamberlain, Rafael and the new prodigy Rahim Sterling. Everyone praises the effort of the guys who worked so hard that they now dominate the game. But one just can’t over shadow the work that is being done by people who are closing in on time to hang their boots, but they are so elegant, so determined, that even at an age nearing the death of their footballing careers, are still working along the young blood to get their teams to glory. Let’s have a look at some of these players

Mikel Arteta

Full name: Mikel Arteta Amatriain

Team: Arsenal FC

Age: 30

Date of Birth: 26th March 1982

Place: San Sebastian, Spain

Height: 1.76m (5 ft 9 in)

Position: Midfielder

Jersey: 8

Calling him savior of Arsenal won’t be wrong.  Having joined Gunners on the deadline day this aging Spaniard made an instant impact on the team that struggled badly to get their season going. He has proved to be a vital addition to the team. An unsung hero. Arteta provided Arsenal with an edge that went missing, due to the departure of much loved Cesc and Nasri. These departures spelled destruction of Arsenal until the Spaniard came to rescue. He has been a first team regular. He has made a total of. He has made a total of 43 appearances for Arsenal and scored 6 vital goals. Despite being a great player he sadly couldn’t get a call up for the national side. He came close to national call during his time at Everton but the ankle injury came in the way of his dream.

 

Tomas Rosicky

Full name: Mikel Arteta Amatriain

Team: Arsenal FC

Age: 32

Date of Birth: 4 October 1980

Place: Prague, Czechoslovakia

Height: 1.79m (5 ft 10 in)

Position: Midfielder

Jersey: 7

Rosicky – The little Mozart

 Young Tomas started his career in 1986 at CKD Kompresory Prague. He played there for 2 years and the he was handed a transfer to Sparta Prague. He served Sparta Prague for 11 years before joining Dortmund for a record fee of 14.5m. He is a great player with a great vision and his ability to dictate the pace of game. During his spell at Dortmund he was nicked as “The Little Mozart”, recognizing the amount of talent he posses. He then jumped ships and joined Arsenal in 2006. He started off well as a replacement too much loved Pires but injuries stopped him in his tracks. Despite being injured and away from action for a long time Rosicky showed last year in the game against Hotspurs how lethal can he be on his day. He is the still one of most energetic player at such an age.

 

John Terry

Full name: John George Terry

Team: Chelsea FC

Age: 32

Date of Birth: 7 December 1980

Place: Barking, London, England

Height: 1.87m (6 ft ½ in)

Position: Centre Back

Jersey: 26

Terry – The Chelsea Legend

This great centre back was discovered by the hammers. He spent his early career with West Ham and loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Chelsea, before he established himself as a first team regular at Chelsea. He is the recently captain of Chelsea. He has made a total of 546 appearances for Chelsea and has scored 49 goals. Apart from a great defender, Terry has natural leadership qualities. John terry has been captain of Chelsea for 9 years now and has led Chelsea to glory many times. As an acknowledgement to the leader he possessed he was made the captain of England but he couldn’t help his national side to win any major laurels. Recently Terry has been in a lot of turmoil, first the affairs and now the racial abuse has struck him badly

 Frank Lampard

Full name: Frank James Lampard

Team: Chelsea FC

Age: 34

Date of Birth: 20 June 1978

Place: Romford, London, England

Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

Position: Midfielder

Jersey: 8

Lampard – The True Blue

 Like his leader Terry, Lampard also started his career at West Ham, as a member of youth team. He signed for Chelsea in 2001 and has been a team regular since then.  His Free-kick was a nightmare for keepers as he used to take free kick so precisely that it used to bounce right in front of keeper, making it tough for keepers to stop it. Not only his free kicks, his long range volleys were also his deadly weapon.  Lampard has played for Chelsea 568 times and scored stunning 189 goals. He has been one of the most loyal Chelsea players in history.

Joleon Lescott

Full name: Joleon Patrick Lescott

Team: Manchester City FC

Age: 30

Date of Birth: 16 August 1982

Place: Birmingham, England

Height: 1.88m (6 ft 2 in)

Position: Center Back/Left back

Jersey: 6

Lescott

 Lescott began his career at Wolverhampton as a 17 year old. His performances caught the eye of scouts of Everton and he signed for the toffees in 2007. But his Everton career came to an end very shortly when Arabs invaded the league. Manchester City’s money made him a little disloyal with his current club and Moyes had no option but to sell him. He joined Manchester City in 2009 for £24 million. He has made a total of 103 appearances for the club and scored a total of 8 goals in all competetions.

Gareth Barry

Full name: Gareth Barry

Team: Manchester City FC

Age: 31

Date of Birth: 23 February 1981

Place: Hastings, England

Height: 1.83m (6 ft 0 in)

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Jersey: 18

Gareth Barry

 Barry started his career at Aston Villa FC. He was one of the brightest players in the bunch and fan favorite along with Young and Agbonlahor, and they together brought the team to level, where they were never before. He served the club for a good 12 years, before joining Manchester City. He made 441 appearances for AVFC and scored 52 goals. He has found it hard to be a first team regular at City. He has so far managed 137 appearances so far and scored just 6 goals.

 Steven Gerrard

Full name: Steven George Gerrard

Team: Liverpool FC

Age: 32

Date of Birth: 13 May 1980

Place: Whiston, Merseyside, England

Height: 1.83m (6 ft 0 in)

Position: Midfielder

Jersey: 8

Gerrard – Liverpool’s faithful

 Gerrard also known as Stevie G. started his Liverpool career in 1998. He continued his progress and was made the vice captain of the club and later in 2003 he was named the captain of the club replacing Hyppia. Gerrard had the honor to lead his team to Champions League victory in 2005. This victory was probably a boost to his stardom. He, like lampard was also known for his free kicks and remarkable ability to score from areas one wont expect a goal from. He has been loyal to Liverpool and has served now served the club for 16 years.  He will soon reach a remarkable mark 600 appearances for the club as he has currently appeared for the club for 595 times and scored 152 goals. He is surely one the most loyal players in the modern football.

 

Paul Scholes

Full name: Paul Scholes

Team: Manchester United FC

Age: 37

Date of Birth: 16 November 1974

Place: Salford, England

Height: 1.71m (5 ft 7 in)

Position: Midfielder

Jersey: 22

The one and only Paul Scholes

 Paul Scholes has arguably one of the best players in the league today. Even at the age of 37 he is live wire in MUFC’s defense and still helping their cause. He reverted his retirement last year when united were badly wanting in midfield. He started his career at united in 1994. He has played a total of 701 games for united, a number not many players can reach and scored 155 goals. He his loved and respected highly not only by the United Fans but the whole footballing world stands in his respect.

 

Ryan Giggs

Full name: Ryan Joseph Giggs

Team: Manchester United FC

Age: 38

Date of Birth: 29 November 1973

Place: Cardiff, Wales

Height: 1.71m (5 ft 7 in)

Position: Midfielder

Jersey: 11

The legendary Ryan Giggs

 No words can explain what this man in capable of. He has so many individual records. He alone has won a lot of titles. He signed for MUFC in 1990, and didn’t take long to become a fans favorite. He has played and led United to a lot of victories. He is still an integral part of United’s setup and an inspiration for many young players. He has made a remarkable 913 appearances netted 163 goals for United. He is United’s longest serving player.

Honorable Mentions:

Peter Cech

Ashley Cole

Berbatov

Holt

Carragher

Vidic

Friedal

Ferdinand

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