We frequently hear ”Age is only a number” and keeping in mind that that is consistent with a degree, with regards to football, age is a vital variable. When a player is in their 30s, everyone, from fans to pundits, starts to talk about their age and start to question their physical levels. It is normal for players to age and experience some decline.
Few football players are able to maintain their peak performance throughout their careers due to the physical nature of the sport. Without a doubt, La Liga is one of the best and most well-liked leagues in the world. Exceptional seasoned players are shining brightly this season in the top division of Spanish football.
This season, here are some of the oldest La Liga players:
Pepe Reina believed that he would be the second-choice goalkeeper at Villarreal for the majority of the 2022-23 season when he signed with the club from Lazio in the summer of 2022.
However, when Geronimo Rulli left for Ajax during the winter transfer window, he became their primary goalkeeper. Reina has had a long career playing for clubs, but his eight years at Liverpool were his most successful.
This season, he has appeared in more than 20 games, and the total will increase further before the season’s end. However, Reina’s current contract with the Spanish team is set to expire this summer, so his future is uncertain.
Diego Lopez, who joined Rayo Vallecano on a free transfer from Espanyol last summer, is restricted to the position of reserve goalkeeper this season. He has only played in four games this season, three of which have been in the Copa Del Rey and one in the La Liga.
This represents a significant shift from his previous campaign, in which he made 36 appearances for Espanyol. His current contract runs out this summer.
Real Betis’ captain is Joaquin. He is the oldest La Liga player to play this season, at 41. Joaquin, like a few of the players mentioned above, is frequently used as a substitute. From 20 appearances this season in three different competitions, he has amassed 736 minutes. During his time on the field, Joaquin scored once in the Europa League and once with an assist. This season will see the end of his contract.
In conclusion, there is no doubt that the player’s physical condition and career longevity are being negatively impacted by the increased number of games and extensive schedule of domestic and international competitions. Injuries have also played a role in the situation.