Here’s a list of professional footballers that you may have thought had retired years ago but are still actively playing. Some may surprise you.
Ze Roberto 41
Brazilian hero Ze Roberto is indeed still playing professional football for Brazilian side Palmeiras whom he joined in 2014. He recently helped them win the Copa do Brasil scoring four goals in the competition. Ze Roberto is perhaps best known for his time at Bayern Munich where he formed a formidable partnership with Michael Ballack and Mark Van Bommel, helping the German giants win four Bundesliga titles. His current contract is due to run out in October next year meaning he will be at least 42 years old before he retires.
Diego Forlan 36
Forlan is currently playing for Uruguayan side Penarol, the team where he began his footballing career as a youth. He joined the side in 2015 and has scored 4 goals in his last 15 games. Forlan won his first major piece of silverware back in 2003 when he won the Premier League with Manchester United, he also won the now defunct Intertoto Cup with Villarreal and the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2010.
Eidur Gudjohnsen 37
Perhaps Iceland’s greatest ever player, Eidur Gudjohnson came back into the public eye when he re-signed for Bolton Wanderers in 2014. After he left Bolton a year later many suspected he may have retired however, he has since played for Chinese club Shijiazhuang Ever Bright and most recently Norwegian club Molde, who’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only 6 years his senior. In his prime Gudjohnson won two Premier League titles with Chelsea and one La Liga title with Barcelona.
Walter Samuel 38
Samuel recently made his 100th UEFA club competition appearance with Swiss side FC Basel at the age of 38. Samuel was one of the best defenders of his generation and is a regular feature for Basel particularly in the bigger European games. Samuel spent his most successful years playing at Inter where he won 5 Serie A titles and the Champions League in 2010.
Roberto Carlos 42
Roberto Carlos is currently player/manager of Indian club Delhi Dynamos whom he took over in 2015. Carlos isn’t a regular playing feature for the team but will occasionally come off the bench for the latter stages of a game (especially if there’s a free kick). Carlos most famously won 4 La Liga titles and 3 Champions Leagues with Real Madrid as well as the 2002 World Cup with Brazil.
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