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For most people football is a sport only played by youngsters but for these select group of individuals, age is nothing but a number. These players, despite their advanced years, are still proving their worth on the field. Today, you will find out the oldest football players currently active football in the world.

Here are the oldest footballers still playing football in 2021.

1. Kazuyoshi Miura – 54 years old (1986-present)

Kazuyoshi Miura

Kazuyoshi is a Japanese professional footballer. As of today, Miura holds the record as the oldest professional footballer in the world at 54 years of age. He also holds the record of the oldest goalscorer when he scored a goal in the J-League in 2017 at the age of 50. The former Japanese international has played 89 times for the national team between 1990-2000. He scored an incredible 55 goals during his playing days with the blue samurai. He has also had a long and storied career playing for various clubs in different countries. The forward has featured for clubs like Santos, Palmeiras, Genoa, and Dynamo Zagreb. He currently plays for J-League club side Yokohama FC.

2. Gianluigi Buffon – 43 years (1995 – present)

Gianluigi Buffon oldest players still playing football in 2021

The Italian legend is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Buffon is also currently one of the oldest active footballers on the planet. The 43-year-old is one of the most beloved and respected players in world football. His exploits with his former team Italian side Juventus FC cemented his reputation as one of the best shot-stoppers ever in the country. Gianluigi is also a World Cup winner with Italy following his heroic exploits at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The big man from Carrara in Italy is still going strong and just signed for Serie B side Parma.

3. Shunsuke Nakamura – 43 years old (1997 – present)

The former Celtic FC midfielder is another Japanese player who is still actively involved on the pitch in spite of his age. The 43-year-old Yokohama FC player is currently in his third season with the J-League outfit. He featured 10 times for them in the J-league last campaign. Nakamura also played for the Japanese national team 98 times between 2000-2010. He is one of the best foreign players to have played in Scotland, as he was key figure for Celtic.

4. Maxi Rodríguez – 40 years old (1999-present)

The veteran Argentine footballer currently plays for Newell’s Old Boys in his home country. At the age of 40, La Fiera is one of the oldest footballers currently playing in 2021. He moved to Europe from Newell’s Old Boys in 2002, and went on to play for Espanyol, Athletico Madrid, and Liverpool.

5. Joaquín Sánchez – 40 years old (2000-present)

Joaquín Sánchez oldest footballers still playing 2021

The former Spanish international who just turned 40 some weeks ago is the oldest player still active in the Spanish La Liga. The Real Betis legend has made about 551 appearances in the top Spanish division, breaking the record for the most appearances made by an outfield player previously held by Real Madrid icon Raul Gonzales.

6. Roque Santa Cruz – 40 years old (1997-present)

Yes, you won’t believe it, but former Manchester City and Paraguay striker Santa Cruz is still going strong. Despite recently turning 40 years old, the Olimpia Asuncion forward is as sharp as ever. Last year he scored 17 goals in 27 appearances.

7. Diego Lopez – 39 years old (1999-present)

Diego Lopez oldest players still playing football in 2021

Diego spent most of his career in Spain, playing for Real Madrid, Villareal, Sevilla, and Espanyol. However, he also represented AC Milan in Italy. The Spanish goalkeeper is currently a first-team player for newly promoted La Liga side, Espanyol in the 2021/22 season.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Rabiu Ali – 40 years old (Kano Pillars)
  • Pepe Reina – 39 years old
  • Phil Jagielka – 39 years old
  • Jorge Molina – 39 years old
  • Jalal Hosseini – 39 years old (Persepolis).




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