Billy Sharp proves football’s an old man’s game too as 34-year-old follows Defoe, Zlatan and Milner’s examples – The Sun

TO be 34 and still scoring in the Premier League is something to celebrate.

Billy Sharp has two goals for Sheffield United this season and manager, Chris Wilder, noted: “He has had to be patient but he’s a fantastic leader in the dressing room.”

Sharp has just celebrated his 34th birthday, which is certainly no signpost to the retirement home. But in the context of football being a young man’s game, ‘celebrated’ might not be the right word.

It’s hard to say when a player becomes a veteran because a few have several more years of top-class football in them beyond the age of 33.

Surprisingly, perhaps, a number of them are goalscorers, one of whom is still busy selling his extraordinary talents around major clubs.

This particular superstar is, of course, 38-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose latest stint in Milan — his third in the Italian city — has resulted in three goals from seven games for AC.

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