The golden period in the career of a gridiron star usually reaches its peak after the age of 27. At that age period, physical, technical and experience factors are mature and can be maximized. After that, many assume that the age of 30 is the initial gate to the decline of a football player’s career.

After being known to the public as a potential young player to transforming into a respected great star, it doesn’t feel like the players below are already 30 years old. Are they still able to play at the highest level or will it fade in the near future?

Thiago Alcantara
7 Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich, 4 La Liga titles with Barcelona and up to 2 times embracing the Champions League into Thiago Alcantara’s portfolio. Even the trophy nicks are quite a lot for a player who this year turns 30.

Even so, Thiago Alcantara’s career seemed to sink slowly along with his move to Liverpool. Undertaking his second season with Jurgen Klopp’s fleet, Alcantara has only played 35 times in all competitions since last season. However, all the negative notes directed at him made Thiago step on the gas during last November. Noted, Thiago Alcantara recorded back-to-back goals in the EPL and Champions League last November.

N’Golo Kante
At the age of 30, N’Golo Kante managed to lead his Chelsea team to win the 2020/2021 Champions League. He also became an irreplaceable key player in Chelsea’s midfield along with Jorginho. Seeing his central role, it seems that football fans will still see Kante’s tireless running in the next few seasons.

Eden Hazard
It seems that football fans especially Real Madrid really miss Eden Hazard’s prime. Not without reason, since being redeemed from Chelsea for 100 million Euros, the magic of Eden Hazard seems to fade.

Injuries and declining physical conditions are factors for Hazard, who is now 30 years old. So can this Belgian national team captain again become a cold-blooded killer in front of the opponent’s goal?

Roberto Firmino
Known as a striker with a low ego, Roberto Firmino has earned the respect of both friends and foes. Now he has played a role as Liverpool’s main striker in the last few seasons. Even though this season his position has often been rotated by Jurgen Klopp by Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino, Firmino was still the key player when Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were deadlocked.

Kevin de Bruyne
At the age of 30, Kevin de Bruyne is still listed as one of the best midfielders in the world. He is still the backbone of Manchester City in the hunt for victory in the English League and Champions League. If it’s not bothered by injuries, it looks like world football fans will still see this player releasing the key while playing at Manchester City and the Belgian national team.

Virgil van Dijk
Last season Virgil and Dijk were hit by long injuries that kept him out until the end of the season and crushed his dream of playing for the Dutch national team at Euro 2020 last June. Now after a comeback this season, van Dijk remains a formidable wall that is difficult for the opposing attackers to pass.

Last season was one of the unforgettable moments for Jorginho. Successfully bringing Chelsea to the Champions League title and great success by winning Euro 2020 with the Italian national team, Jorginho was then included in the 2021 Ballon d’Or nominations.

With his game still full of vision, Jorginho’s golden period is expected to last for a long time. Especially at this time Jorginho is still a subscription to Thomas Tuchel and Roberto Manchini at Chelsea and the Italian national team.

Riyad Mahrez
The accumulation of Manchester City winger options does not necessarily get rid of Riyad Mahrez in the starting line-up. Throughout this season, the player with the Algerian passport has played 17 games for The Cityzen with a record of 8 goals and a pair of assists.

Antoine Griezmann
Since returning to Wanda Metroplitano from Camp Nou, Griezmann seems to have come back to life. Along with a series of bad Barcelona trends since last season, Griezmann has also experienced a decline in performance. But when Diego Simeone asked him to return to Atletico Madrid, the World Cup winner with France was able to restart his glorious career at the age of 30.

Alexandre Lacazette
The last name to turn 30 in 2021 is Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette. The inconsistency shown by Lacazette also made his name sink among other young players such as Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, to Simone Pepe. Until the 15th week of the EPL this season, Lacazette has only scored one goal from 9 appearances for the Gunners.

The European league season is still half way through and of course there will be other surprises awaiting in the near future. Including the row of players who are now 30 years old, who is also not impossible to surprise in the rest of this season.

With the European football league schedule which tends to be crowded and airs at night until the early hours of the morning, it is inevitable that an extra strong physique is needed for Indonesian viewers to watch it. Take the time to maintain your immune system by implementing a healthy lifestyle and taking vitamins so you can stay physically fit while watching your favorite team compete, Bolaneters!

By Raufs