Those approaching 30 might tell you that life starts with this milestone birthday. For these five Premier League stars, there’s already been plenty of trophies, international caps and top-flight achievements.
Showing no signs of slowing down, the good times look set to continue!
Here’s our choice for five of the best veterans of the Premier League at present:
Jamie Vardy – Leicester City
Those advancing in years will know that sometimes somebody walks into your life, adds a spring to your step and put a smile on your face. For Jamie Vardy, Brendan Rodgers was that person. After Claude Puel had marginalised the striker, Brendan breezed in and proclaimed he would build the Leicester team around Vardy – to brilliant effect.
Since Rodgers’ revival began Vardy has scored 14 goals in 18 appearances, including some of the trademark counter-attacking moves that culminate with defender’s busting a gut to keep up. They fail miserably, but it’s nice to see them try.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
Even if every player were to magically lose a yard of pace when the clock struck 12 on their 30th birthday, it probably wouldn’t matter to the lightning-quick Aubamayeng. During a 2013 fixture he clocked a speed over 30 metres that bettered Usain Bolt’s start to his record-breaking Berlin 100 metres and, shortly after joining Arsenal in 2018, he posted a top speed of 21.74 mph.
His goalscoring rate has kept similar pace, after scoring 98 goals in 144 Borussia Dortmund appearances he now has 39 from 57 for Arsenal at time of writing.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
What’s worrying about all three strikers in this XI is that age appears to be having no effect on either their legs or their ability to find the back of the net.
Nobody embodies that more than Sergio Aguero, who would be remembered as one of the Premier League’s finest strikers if he were to retire today. The rumoured £35m Manchester City paid for him in 2011 is an absolute snip, with the Argentinian scoring 20-plus league goals in six of his eight full seasons with the club. Frighteningly he has thirteen in fourteen so far this season! Plenty of miles left in the tank.
David Silva – Manchester City
Approaching a decade at the club, David Silva has been the heart, brain and a key part of the Citizens spine in their trophy-winning era. As City tried to build a squad that could compete, they lacked that little bit of magic – so it’s fitting that Silva earned the nickname Merlin as he quickly became the team’s creative force.
The Premier League is still under his spell and, at time of writing, his record reads 55 goals, 87 assists and 200 wins from his 290 Premier League appearances – sorcery of the highest order.
James Milner – Liverpool
Like a fine wine, James Milner appears to be getting better with age. For a while, he had been somewhat of a joke figure who boasted numerous parody Twitter accounts, but his longevity and Indian summer at Liverpool have enabled him to ride it out.
There were question marks of what would come after his Etihad exit, answered emphatically by Milner with versatility in covering the left-back position, distance covered in crucial fixtures as the Reds reached two Champions League finals and featuring 30-plus times in three Premier League seasons since his milestone birthday.