Top 11 veterans in Europe’s top five leagues, including Arsenal and Man City stars

first_img revealed BEST OF Buffon has done well since joining PSG. 5 5 5 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted 7. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.08/10Another cultured centre-back, Silva is putting in top performances in front of team-mate Buffon. The 34-year-old is holding up well despite some deviation in his form last term and isn’t rapidly regressing as some players do.6. Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.11/10Another season and it’s another year the Brazilian, 33, is part of a tight Atleti defence. The left-back has helped Diego Simeone’s side concede just four goals in LaLiga this campaign, so it’s no surprise to see him register as one of the top veterans around. Zabaleta has remained ahead of new signing Ryan Fredericks this season. 5 Most Popular Football Stories How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings scrap gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Some say life begins at 40, and Gianluigi Buffon is one man who might just agree with that sentiment.Rather than retire, the Italian goalkeeper left Juventus and moved to Paris Saint-Germain as he attempts to win the Champions League before he hangs up his gloves.center_img Chiellini will no doubt be enjoying playing alongside Leonardo Bonucci again. 5 He’s backed Brazilian superstar Neymar and wonderkid Kylian Mbappe to help him do this and he’s also keeping up his end of the bargain with some top displays between the sticks.And he’s not the only veteran star earning his keep despite their advancing age.Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a look at the statistics on WhoScored.com and found the top 11 players aged 33-years-old and above. 5. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.11/10The Bluebirds may well be on course to be one of the worst teams in Premier League history but Bamba, 33, is at least trying to right their wrongs. His ability in the air helps him dominate opponents – he won 11 aerial duels against Burnley – and helped them keep two clean sheets against relegation rivals Newcastle and Huddersfield.4. Jose Holebas (Watford) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.19/10The Greek left-back, 34, still impresses with his marauding nature at Vicarage Road. In the Hornets’ early season form he grabbed one, fairly fluky, goal and also made four assists. But some recent erratic displays may be a worry.3. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.22/10He may not be the player he was in previous seasons, but the Brazilian, 33, is still a trusted lieutenant for Pep Guardiola. He marshals the midfield well but has dropped off in his previously excellent defensive duties as he begins to decline. Enjoy him while he’s still around. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest 8= Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10In his five games this season, the 33-year-old Argentine has done well, particularly against Manchester United, grabbing an assist. He’s learnt to curb his attacking tendencies in east London and is putting up good numbers in terms of tackles won, interceptions, and clearances. whoops Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion He may not have been able to impress at Chelsea but he’s been superb for Atleti over the years. The Brazilian will take some replacing at the Etihad Stadium. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense 8= Petr Cech (Arsenal) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10The 36-year-old has struggled to adapt to Unai Emery’s style of play and conceded nine goals in seven appearances but, according to WhoScored.com’s stats, he was doing okay before his injury in the 2-0 win over Watford.8= Gianluigi Buffon (Paris Saint-Germain) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10At 40, Buffon was brave to leave Juventus and head to Paris but he’s proving wise now given they seem set to romp to the title. His stunning save to deny Lyon’s Memphis Depay before the international break shows he’s still an elite level shot-stopper.8= Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10As Juve attempt to make it an astonishing eight consecutive Serie A title wins, the Italian stalwart is still a rock at the back. He’s powerful and aggressive when he needs to be while also possessing exceptional technical qualities. The way the 34-year-old is growing old gracefully should be an example to many current professionals. LATEST 2. Rune Jarstein (Hertha Berlin) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.24/10In the Bundesliga, Hertha are fifth in a very tight table and this is partly down to their fine defensive record. The 36-year-old Norwegian has only conceded six goals this campaign, which is a pretty damn good way to kick off a season.1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.95/10Even though he had a slow start, in terms of hitting the back of the net, Ronaldo has still managed four goals and four assists in Serie A since his move from Real Madrid. At 33-years-old he’s showing no signs of slowing down and is getting away 7.6 shots per game on average as he attempt to remain at an elite level for goalscoring.last_img read more