European football fans always seem to focus on the young up-and-coming superstars who tally the big numbers and bring their superstar charm mentality to the masses through social media.
What gets left out in the mix is a focus on the great warriors that serve in the Premier league at ages when most players have retired to be coaches or TV broadcasters.
While younger fans might not be aware of the old warriors, older fans and UK sports bettors are sure to recognize some of the names. Any UK sports bettor who is using licensed or non GamStop sports betting sites in the UK on a regular basis has certainly encountered these names when handicapping.
Life as an athlete is not easy. That is especially true for European footballers. Life is not as easy as it looks at game time. There is so much more that goes into being a professional football player during both the off-season and regular season grind.
While football players can play competitive football well into their 40s, doing so at the Premier League level offers quite a challenge. After all, the league can easily lay claim to being home to the best football teams and players in the world. It takes a unique athletic prowess for a player to keep competing at the highest level into their late 30s and early 40s.
Let’s take a look at the five (5) oldest players in the Premier League as of the beginning of 2022.
Silva still plays centre-back with Chelsae, coming over after the 2020-2021 season from the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club. It’s not often that a player will move up to the Premier League at such an advanced age. It’s noteworthy he is the only non-goaltender on this list, which serves as a testament to his toughness as a field player.
During a senior career that started in Brazil, he has made a total of 734 appearances on the pro pitch with a total of 47 goals. That includes 7 goals with Brazil’s national team. While his scoring stats are much to write home about, this old warrior has been steady as a rock from day one. To state that he is considered a very good defender would be an understatement.
After spending the better part of his senior career in the upper echelons of the Scottish leagues, McGovern finally made it to the Premier League as a goaltender with Norwich City, which was recently promoted back into the league for the 2022-2023 season.
Over his career, he has made a total of 407 appearances on the pitch with 32 of them coming while playing for Northern Ireland’s national team.
His senior career began in 2000 at the age of 18. Throughout his career, he has made several forays into the Premier with teams like Wolverhampton, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, and Everton, where is slated to play as a goalkeeper in the 2022-2023 season. He was on the Everton roster in the 2021-2022 season but made zero appearances on the pitch.
Over his career, he has made a total of 402 appearances with another 11 appearances with the English and Republic of Ireland national teams. He has one goal to his credit.
In a senior career that began in 2000, Hogan has spent a good portion of his career as a goaltender in the Premier League. His career was highlighted by the five years he spent with Manchester United (2002-2010), though he only made 12 appearances as a backup goalie. He is currently with the EFL’s Watford Club where he has been under contract as a starting goaltender since 2018.
For his career, he has made a total of 536 appearances at the senior level, plus another 8 appearances with England’s national team.
As of the 2021-2022 season, Grant was the oldest player in the EPL. He officially retired at the end of the season and will move on to serve as a first-team coach at EFL League One side Ipswich Town. His career as a goaltender at the senior level started in 2000. While much of his career was spent moving in and out of the Premier League, he spent the last 4 years with Manchester United without making an appearance on the pitch.
Old man status for Cristiano Ronaldo
At the ripe old age of 36 years and 329 days, football great Ronaldo just misses the cut as one of the oldest players in the EFL as of December 31, 2021. Often considered one of the greatest players of all time, his current level of play defies his age.
The Portuguese player is currently on his second stint with Manchester United, a stint that started with the 2021-2022 season. In his senior career, he has made a total of 1,158 appearances, including 223 at the national team level with Portugal. He currently ranks as football’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 815 goals (at the time of writing), including 18 this past season with Manchester United.