For most people, football is a sport only played by youngsters, but for these select 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 2022.

1. Robert Carmona – 59-years-old

Robert Carmona oldest footballers still playing

Robert Carmona is the oldest active player in football right now. Little was known of him until he was confirmed by the Guinness World Records as the oldest footballer in the world in 2022. Carmona will turn 60 soon, but he’s still playing official matches for his club Hacele Un Gol A La Vida, in the fourth tier of Uruguayan football. The old Uruguayan footballer has a career that has spanned 45 years, and he even plays as a centre-back.

2. Kazuyoshi Miura – 55-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 55 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 samurais. 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 as a forward for Japan Football League club Suzuka Point Getters on loan from Yokohama FC. 

3. Gianluigi Buffon – 44-years-old (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 as he captains and plays as a goalkeeper for Serie B club Parma. 

4. Shunsuke Nakamura – 43-years-old (1997 – present)

Shunsuke Nakamura
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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 fourth season with the J2-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 a key figure for Celtic.

5. Bruno Alves – 40-years-old (1999 – present)

Bruno Alves Apollon Smyrnis

The tough-tackling Portuguese defender began his career with FC Porto in 1999 and has been actively playing football ever since. Although he spent most of his professional career at Porto, where he won a total of nine titles, he also played in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg, in Italy with Cagliari and Parma, and also in Turkey with Fenerbahçe. Bruno Alves also won the UEFA European Championship with Portugal in 2016. In 2022, he currently plays as a centre-back for Greek Super League club Apollon Smyrnis.

6. Jorge Molina – 40-years-old (2001 – present)

Jorge Molina oldest footballers still playing

The veteran Spanish footballer currently plays at the top level for Granada in the Spanish La Liga. At the age of 40, Molina is one of the oldest footballers currently playing in 2022. Molina was a late bloomer and began his professional career at 25. He played for a lot of Spanish clubs but represented mainly Betis during his career. 

7. 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.

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

Roque Santa Cruz
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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 for Olimpia Asuncion forward is as sharp as ever. The all-time top scorer for the Paraguayan national team currently plays as a striker for Paraguayan club Club Libertad.

9. Diego Lopez – 40-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. Diego Lopez is still waxing strong and is showing no signs of slowing down.

10. Zlatan Ibrahimović – 40-years-old (1999 – present)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic oldest footballers still playing
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The Swedish football legend has shown no signs of aging as he currently plays as a striker for Serie A club AC Milan and the Sweden national team. Ibrahimović is undoubtedly one of the greatest strikers of all time and one of the most decorated active footballers in the world. He has scored over 500 career goals for both club and country. 

Honourable Mentions:

  • Rabiu Ali – 40 years old (Kano Pillars)
  • Jalal Hosseini – 40 years old (Persepolis).
  • Pepe Reina – 39 years old
  • Phil Jagielka – 39 years old
  • Dani Alves – 39 years old
Top oldest footballers in the Premier League in 2022?
  • Willy Caballero – 40 years old
  • Lee Grant – 39 years old
  • Ben Foster- 39 years old
  • Andy Lonergan – 38 years old
  • Thiago Silva – 37 years old
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 37 years old.

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