8 Players Whose Careers Have Stretched Over Four Different Decades

Iker Casillas, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gigi Buffon

2020 has begun and once again things are changing all around us. But one thing is a constant – football. And even more constant are these footballers in particular. ​

It’s a rare thing for a footballer’s career to span four decades but these fellas have done it and done it in style – and they’re not just goalkeepers.

These players have shown us that age doesn’t matter. If you have it, then you have it, and long may it continue. They have oodles of talent and refuse to let the bitter, unstoppable ageing process hold them back, something that we can all appreciate as we head into another decade.

Here are eight such footballers who have won our respect with their longevity and ability:

Roque Santa Cruz

Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero

Back where he started, Santa Cruz returned to Paraguay’s Olimpia in 2016, 19 years after making his debut for the club in the 1990s. 

The striker would go on to win five Bundesliga titles and the Champions League trophy with ​Bayern before making the move to England where he featured for both Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

The 38-year-old has made 112 appearances for Paraguay – the third most in their history – and also enjoyed spells with Cruz Azul, Malaga and, briefly, Real Betis.


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