Top 10 most expensive players over the age of 30 – REVEALED

first_img 10 2. Samuel Eto’o moved from Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala for £21m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the most expensive player over the age of 30 ever – We have an inkling that the Cameroon striker didn’t choose to joined the Russian Premier League outfit for the level of competition. The then 30-year-old had only just won the treble with Inter Milan, but decided to join Anzhi’s revolution rather than a member of the European elite. Surprise, surprise, Eto’o joined Chelsea in 2013 once the money had dried up. 9. Petr Cech is moving from Chelsea to Arsenal for £11m aged 33 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – We know, we know, this one isn’t quite over the line. The 33-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper hasn’t signed on the dotted line for Arsene Wenger, but he’s expected to by the end of this week. And, if reports regarding the transfer fee are correct, the Czech Republic international will claim a place on our list. Could the shot stopper’s imminent arrival help the Gunners become realistic title challengers? Jose Mourinho will hope not. 3. Diego Milito moved from Genoa to Inter Milan for £18m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Argentina striker definitely picked an ideal moment to produce the best form of his career. Milito is rarely placed into the top bracket, but his goals helped Inter Milan to claim an unprecedented treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 and made the transfer fee that the Sani Siro paid for the 30-year-old’s services worthwhile. 1. Gabriel Batistuta moved from Fiorentina to Roma for £23m. The then 31-year-old striker cost an arm and a leg but the Giallorossi’s outlay was soon vindicated as the Argentina international enjoyed instant success in the Italian capital – ‘Batigol’ spent nine years with Italian outfit Fiorentina throughout the 1990s when Serie A was the place to be. Although he was widely regarded as one of the best strikers in wold football, Batistuta wasn’t happy with his side’s failure to land a league title and joined Roma for a huge £21 million fee in 2000. An elusive Scudetto arrived in his first season with the club, but he failed to reproduce his best form as he grew older and eventually signed for Qatar side Al Arabi on a free transfer in 2003. 10 8. Fernando Redondo moved from Real Madrid to AC Milan for £12m aged 31 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Argentine defensive midfielder forged his reputation at Tenerife under the watchful eye of Jorge Valdano and, when the manager took the reins at Real Madrid, Redondo followed suit. Six years later he forced out of the Bernabeu at the age of 31, despite voicing a desire to stay put. So much for player power. The midfielder’s spell with AC Milan was a disaster and he didn’t even manage to make 20 appearances for the Italian giants due to a number of injury problems. 10 7. Angelo Peruzzi moved from Inter Milan to Lazio for £13m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Italian goalkeeper started his career with Roma in 1986 but only received widespread recognition during an eight-year spell with Juventus, which led to a host of trophies, including a Champions League triumph. Peruzzi moved to Inter Milan in 1999 but, after just one season at the San Siro, signed for Lazio at the age of 30 in a £13 million deal. 10 10. Ruud van Nistelrooy move from Manchester United to Real Madrid for £10.5m when he was 30 years old – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Dutchman’s prolific spell in the Eredivisie earned him a lucrative move to Manchester United in 2001. Sir Alex Ferguson got more than his money’s worth for the striker, who was always in the right place at the right time, but didn’t have to settle for moving Van Nistelrooy on for peanuts even though he was 30 years old. 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain (£15m) aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top three most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The Swedish striker has made several big money moves during his career and the clubs he has represented reads as a who’s who of European football. Although Ibrahimovic is a divisive figure, it is difficult to argue with his record; he has scored goals wherever he has been. Paris Saint-Germain won the race to sign the front man back in 2012 and are probably pretty satisfied with their purchase of the then 30-year-old. 5. Jeremy Mathieu moved from Valencia to Barcelona for £14m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – Eyebrows were raised last summer when Barcelona, who finally realised that they needed more defenders, signed the 30-year-old Frenchman from Valencia. Mathieu doesn’t represent a household name by any means, but he’s held his own during a debut season at the Camp Nou and impressed far more than Thomas Vermaelen, by actually managing to get on the pitch to earn his medals. 10 Football is fast becoming a young man’s game.Spring chickens have started to run the show and therefore attract the highest transfer fees.Rich potential, plus an opportunity to sell a player on, is an enticing prospect for clubs around the world. REVEALED: 10 OF THE MOST OVERPRICED FOOTBALLERS EVERMeanwhile, shelling out a shed load of cash for a veteran that could already be over the hill is less appealing.If a footballer has surpassed their 30th birthday, they’re almost fit for the scrap heap in the eyes of some.Such an assessment is harsh, but clubs are certainly cautious about getting their cheque books out for men that are already in the twilight years of their career.However, plenty of players have bucked the trend and been purchased for sizeable fees. You can click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the most expensive players over the age of 30 ever…Source: Daily Mail 10 6. Claude Makelele moved from Real Madrid to Chelsea for £14m aged 30 – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five most expensive players over the age of 30 ever – The first era of the Galácticos saw Real Madrid deem the 30-year-old French midfielder’s contribution surplus to requirements in the summer of 2003. The decision turned out to be an error as Makelele went on to established himself as a lynchpin in the heart of Chelsea’s side during five years at Stamford Bridge. After all, if you have a ‘role’ named after you, you must have been doing something right. 10 10 10 10last_img read more