English soccer club Stevenage named veteran goalkeeper Dave Beasant as a substitute in their League Two play-off matches at the ripe old age of 56.
Playing on beyond the age of 40 is often seen as a rare feat amongst soccer players, especially given the physical demands of the modern game and the extremely high levels of fitness required to compete at the highest level.
But Beasant is by no means alone in playing on beyond his 30s, and some of the game’s best players have continued to make themselves available for selection long after they were expected to hang up their boots. Here are best soccer stars who refused to retire
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Five of the best soccer stars who refused to retire
Gordon Strachan – Last game aged 40
A combative midfielder with an eye for a pass, Gordon Strachan had a glittering career, winning trophies at Aberdeen, Manchester United, and Leeds United, before utilising his leadership skills as player-manager at Coventry. He was finally persuaded to hang up his boots, aged 40, in 1997.
Alessandro Del Piero – Still playing, aged 40
Another one among best soccer stars who refused to retire, Though his name seems to be inextricably linked with the cast of soccer superstars from the 1990s, Alessandro Del Piero is still notching up appearances as a professional. Having enjoyed a glittering career in which he earned over 91 caps for Italy and became his country’s joint fourth highest scorer, Del Piero moved to Sydney FC in Australia. He signed for Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League, where he continues to play today.
Francesco Totti – Still playing, aged 38
Speaking of best soccer stars who refused to retire, Another Italian whose name seems synonymous with a bygone era, Totti is not only still playing at the age of 38, but he is at the very top of his profession and a regular in the Roma side that challenged for the Serie A title. He also scored a memorable goal against Manchester City to become the oldest player ever to score in the Champions League. Can he play on past 40 like his old Italy team-mate Del Piero? You could take a risk free punt on it by visiting FreeBetOffers.co.uk and grabbing a top deal from a UK bookie.
Stuart Pearce – Last game aged 42
Few players embody sheer guts and determination quite as completely as Stuart Pearce. Known throughout his career for his tenacity in defence, passionate leadership, and fearsome left foot, ‘Psycho’, as he was affectionately known, was thought to be coming towards the end of his career when he put in some famous performances for England at Euro ’96, but he continued to play professionally for another six years before hanging up his boots at Manchester City in 2002.
Ryan Giggs – Last game aged 40
Among best soccer stars who refused to retire, When Ryan Giggs made his Manchester United debut in November 1990, many people sensed he was something special. Few could have predicted he would spend the next 24 years carving out one of the finest careers in soccer history. With over 672 appearances and a staggering list of honours under his belt, Giggs retired from playing professionally in 2014, calling time on a career that might never be matched.