Prolonging your football career is a tough ask. Just ask Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United captain has tried everything, from hair extensions to giving up ‘Thursday Tinnies’.
Players have a tendency to peter out, as shit loads of games and over crowded schedules take its toll on the lads. Yet, these chaps managed to excel in their latter years, due to different techniques which allowed them to compete at the very top level.
So, get your notepads out to see how Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co continue playing…
Wow. What a career. Giggsy sustained playing in the top flight for so long. Firstly, adapting his playing position. But more importantly, taking regular pilates lessons. The Welshman claims it massively strengthened his core, helpful for those nights with his brother's missus. Source: talkSPORT
You simply will not find a harder working player than Dirk Kuyt. The guy has an engine which just doesn't have an off button. The Dutchman is still starting week in, week out, at the youthful age of 36. How? The Feyenoord man surrounds himself with physiotherapists and science specialists more than he trains. The attention the striker/midfielder/defender receives on his body is therefore second to none. Source: The Sports Mash
The Englishman is still scoring goals for a totally shit club. 100% should have gone to the Euros in the summer. Seriously impressive. The Sunderland striker uses regular cryotherapy, and has recently advised Wayne Rooney to do the same. Source: Secure Guim
At 35, and to still be one of the best strikers in the world, says the Swede is doing something pretty special. Ibra brings his own physio, Dario Fort, wherever he goes. And it seems to be working, been trying to get hold of Mr Fort for the lads in the Sunday League team. Source: Getty Images
Animal in the gym. T-total. Has his own chef. Could play for eternity at the top level, and continue to be the best player in the world. Source: Getty Images
Sergeant Reliable. Sergeant Underrated. Sergeant Barry. Recently became only the third player to reach 600 Premier League appearances. How? Yoga. Loosens the hammies, making injuries less likely. Source: Laacibiin