11 brilliant over-33-year-olds proving age is just a number this season

Arjen Robben

From Xabi to Zlatan, Amit Katwala hails these ace veterans still doing the business in the continent's big leagues this season

(Please note: This is in age order, so just wait 'til you hit those proper golden oldies.) 

1. Arjen Robben, 33

Robben's plundered 12 goals in 25 appearances since September, as well as providing four assists

The flying Dutch winger has looked about 33 for more than a decade now, but he’s still playing with the pace and verve of a much younger man – as Arsenal would attest. Robben missed Bayern Munich’s first six games of the season but has plundered 12 goals in 25 appearances since September, as well as providing four assists as the Bavarians aim for glory both domestically and in the Champions League. Full-backs still don't know how to stop him cutting inside onto his left foot and shooting at goal.

2. Dante, 33

Mario Balotelli has grabbed the headlines for high-flying Nice (and not always for the right reasons) – but their title challenge in France has been built on defensive resolve more than attacking firepower. Centre-back Dante has been central to their solidity after joining from Wolfsburg last summer, helping the south-coast side to third spot in the standings.

Dante

Dante has been a reliable figure at the heart of Nice's backline

3. Daniele De Rossi, 33

De Rossi can't quite match Xabi Alonso in the facial hair department, but he more than makes up for it with pure, focused rage. That’s helped drive a more physical Roma side to second in Serie A this season, and their long-time midfielder has been a key performer, chipping in with four assists.

In Roma terms, of course, the 33-year-old De Rossi is just getting started – Francesco Totti's still chugging along at the age of 40, after all.

4. Gabi, 33

The 33-year-old recently signed a new contract that will keep him in Madrid until the end of next season

Atletico Madrid have consistently been punching above their weight for years under Diego Simeone, and captain Gabi has been a huge part of their success. The solid and reliable midfielder came through the youth system at the Vicente Calderon, but has made his biggest impact since returning from a four-year spell at Zaragoza in 2011.

The 33-year-old – who was reportedly the subject of a huge offer from China in January – recently signed a new contract that will keep him in Madrid until the end of next season.

Gabi

Captain Gabi is still going strong at Atletico