Top 10 oldest footballers still playing in 2022



Football, one must admit, however fun, addictive or lucrative it may be for the players and fans alike, is quite an energy-intensive and demanding sport. Yet, with the global average retirement age for a football player pegged at around 35 years, most players usually struggle with retirement. So, who are these oldest footballers still active? Today we rank the top 10 oldest footballers still playing in 2022.

Aging in football is usually associated with a drop in physical capabilities, increasingly frequent and severe injuries, more family obligations, and a shift in a career focus or purpose in life. The footballers on our list have defied all odds and time to stay active. So, who are they? Read on to find out.


Who are the oldest footballers still playing?

Based on several credible online publications, we have compiled a list of the top 10 oldest footballers in 2022. So, without further ado, let’s jump straight to it.

10. Jalal Hosseini

Starting for us on this list is the Iranian football legend who made over 100 caps for his National team, Iran or team Meli as they are referred to, before announcing that he was retiring from international football in 2018.

Profile Summary

  • Full name: Sayed Jalal Hosseini

  • Date of birth: 3 February 1982

  • Place of birth: Bandar Anzali, Iran

  • Age: 40 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Iranian

  • Current club: Persepolis FC

  • Position: Defender (center-back)

  • Years active: 2002 to date

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9. Diego Lopez

Next on our list is this Spanish goalkeeper with a long and extensive career spanning three decades. After several years of building a reputation in the B and C teams of several La Liga clubs, including Real Madrid, Diego finally joined RCD Espanyol in 2017 as their first team goalkeeper.


Profile Summary

  • Full name: Diego Lopez Rodriguez

  • Date of birth: 3 November 1981

  • Place of birth: Paradela, Spain

  • Age: 40 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Spanish

  • Current club: RCD Espanyol

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Years Active: 1994 to date

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8. Roque Santa Cruz

This Paraguayan, who holds the current record for the highest goal scorer for his country, and has earned well over 100 caps with his national team, is regarded as the best player in the Nation’s history. He started his career in his home country of Paraguay with Club Olimpia before making it to the European Leagues when he joined Bayern Munich in 1999.

At Bayern, he was part of the successful team that won numerous Bundesliga titles, the German League cup, 2000-01 UEFA Champions League, and the 2001 Intercontinental Cup.


Profile Summary

  • Full name: Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero

  • Date of birth: 16 August 1981

  • Place of birth: Asuncion, Paraguay

  • Age: 40 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Paraguayan

  • Current club: Libertad

  • Position: Striker

  • Years Active: 1997 to date

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7. Joaquin Sanchez

Joaquin is known for his excellent pace, dribbling, and crossing skills. He had an illustrious career of close to three decades across several La Liga teams and has made quite a name for himself, notably at Valencia and Real Betis. He is the fourth oldest player to score a goal in the history of the La Liga.

It was rumoured that he would retire by the end of the 2021-22 La Liga season, but he has since denied those claims.


Profile Summary

  • Full name: Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez

  • Date of birth: 21 July 1981

  • Place of birth: El Puerto, Spain

  • Age: 40 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Spanish

  • Current club: Real Betis

  • Position: Winger

  • Years Active: 1997 to date

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6. Rabiu Ali

The only African featured on our list is this Nigerian captain of the club Kano Pillars FC who has made a notable number of appearances on the international football scene with his national team, the Super Eagles. Commonly referred to as 'Pele' on the Nigerian football scene, Rabiu has been with Kano Pillars since 2011, and before that, he had been with his boyhood club, Total Pillars, from 2005 to 2011.

Profile Summary

  • Full name: Rabiu Ali

  • Date of birth: 27 September 1980

  • Place of birth: Kaduna, Nigeria

  • Age: 41 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Nigerian

  • Current club: Kano Pillars FC

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Years Active: 2005 to date

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5. Shunsuke Nakamura

This Japanese ex-Celtic star began playing football at the impressive age of five. He became the first Japanese player to score in the UEFA Champions League and was even nominated for the 2007 Ballon d’Or, and was once named the Scottish Player of the Year and SFWA Footballer of the Year.

Shunsuke has made 98 appearances for his home country of Japan and scored 28 goals. He has been a key player for the team in international games Like the 2006, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the 2000, 2004 AFC Asian games, where he was named the most valuable player in 2004.

Profile Summary

  • Full name: Shunsuke Nakamura

  • Date of birth: 24 June 1978

  • Place of birth: Yokohama, Japan

  • Age: 43 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Japanese

  • Current club: Yokohama FC

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Years Active: 1997 to date

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4. Gianluigi Buffon

One word to describe this Italian goalkeeper, is 'legend'. Gianluigi is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, goalkeepers of all time. He’s made his name across major Italian clubs and established himself as one of the best players in the world for the goalkeeping position, most notably at Juventus, where he played for 17 years.


Profile Summary

  • Full name: Gianluigi Buffon

  • Date of birth: 28 January 1978

  • Place of birth: Carrara, Italy

  • Age: 44 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Italian

  • Current club: Parma FC

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Years Active: 1995 to date

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3. Denilson de Olivera

Known for his excellent dribbling skills, Denilson had a 17-year football career starting from Sao Paulo to Real Betis. Even after retiring in 2010, 12 years into retirement, this Brazilian legend announced that he would be signing with Brazil’s lower league club, Ibis Sporting.


Profile Summary

  • Full name: Denílson de Oliveira

  • Date of birth: 24 August 1977

  • Place of birth: Diadema, Brazil

  • Age: 44 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Brazilian

  • Current club: Ibis Sporting

  • Position: Winger

  • Years Active: 1995 to date

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2. Kazuyoshi Miura

Kazuyoshi, or simply King Kazu as he is referred to, is arguably Japan’s first football star. His rise coincided with the launch of the Japanese League J1 in 1993, which made him become the poster child of the League.


Profile Summary

  • Full name: Kazuyoshi Miura

  • Date of birth: 26 February 1967

  • Place of birth: Shizouka, Japan

  • Age: 55 years (as of April 2022)

  • Nationality: Japanese

  • Current club: Suzuka Point Getters

  • Position: Forward

  • Years Active: 1986 to date

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1. Robert Carmona

The title of the oldest footballer still active belongs to Robert Carmona. Until recently, everyone believed that Kazuyoshi was the oldest footballer until the Uruguayan was recognized as the oldest by Guinness world records.

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Date: 19/8/2022

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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