Players you think could still play top flight football at 40?

@Bryanx54 (644)
January 28, 2011 3:49pm CST
Who would you say could still play top flight football at the age of 40? i personally think Ryan Giggs could still play for manchester united at 40. and you got the likes of David Weir at Rangers 40 and also United's Van Der Sar. Who do you think can still play at 40?
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@stevieboi19 (1429)
28 Jan 11
I'm a United fan but I really wish Giggs would just retire the same goes for Paul Scholes both quality players but the problem with them is when they do eventually retire United need to replace them and the longer they stay playing the longer their legacy will linger when they do eventually hang up their boots. I want to see a new kind of player at United given the chance to step up and surpass both players. So if Giggs plays until he's forty although I wouldn't be surprised but a bit annoyed at Fergie if keeps him as an outfield player though Giggs could just lose all his fitness extremely over the next season or two. As for Ferguson though I hope he tells Giggs it's time to retire after next season or at the very least tell him it's time he moves on I don't want an ageing squad at untied I want youthful enthusiastic players to come through and prove there worth.
28 Jan 11
I am also a Manchester United fan and whilst I agree with you about Paul Scholes, I do feel Ryan Giggs still has something to give. I would start Nani or Valencia on the Left Wing but would bring Giggs on with twenty minutes to go if we needed something. He is a very intelligent player and his experience is invaluable to players like Nani, Obertan and Valencia.
28 Jan 11
Yeah I'm more open to this set up we need Nani and co to all step up a bit more and offer the consistency close to level of Giggs I'd think a player/coach contract would make more sense for Giggs and for Scholes If they keep playing I do hope there form doesn't drop where they need to be quietly forced out it would be hard for them giving up something they love but in football you've got to know when it's just no longer your thing and do every fan a favour and retire while there still on your side because in football fans can turn very easily against players which is something Giggs and Scholes shouldn't receive after their illustrious career.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
29 Jan 11
Most of the goalkeepers can for e.g. Buffon, Casillas, Van Der Saar. For the outfield players it becomes very very difficult. It takes a rare individual like Ryan Giggs or Alan Shearer or Maldini who take good care of their body to keep going in the outfield. I am not sure many of the current breed are in the same mould at least not now. Cheers! Ram
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Feb 11
Thanks for the best response. Cheers! Ram
@sjlskl (3385)
• Singapore
2 Feb 11
Goalkeepers have a longer career span and therefore can still perform at the age of 40. As for the outfield players, I think the likes of Giggs and Scholes can still do it. Their strongest forte is the vision and passing ability. They cant bomb from box to box but they have it to launch those defense splitting passes without breaking into a sweat.
28 Jan 11
I think there are a few who could play at 40 and I am going for the players I think have an ambition to play that long. Ryan Giggs and David Beckham are the shining examples because they have both said as long as they feel healthy enough and keep in the squad rotation then they could carry on until then. I think a lot of other players could but for whatever reason choose not to.