🪨 Five golden oldies rolling back the years at Euro 2020

🪨 Five golden oldies rolling back the years at Euro 2020

It's difficult to know for certain when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modrić will call time on their glorious careers, but we should do our level best to enjoy them while they're still around. 

Cristiano and Luka are just two of a host of brilliant veterans who aren't done just yet. Here are our five favourites.

🇲🇰 Goran Pandev

The 37-year-old Genoa striker is a national hero in North Macedonia. It was his goal against Georgia that sent the minnows to their first-ever major tournament, and we're just days away from their fairytale debut.

Pandev is a player of undoubted pedigree, having won the Champions League with Inter back in 2010, and leading his team out against Austria on Sunday will be another massive milestone in an unbelievable career, not to mention a source of great personal pride. Make no mistake, North Macedonia aren't just here to make up the numbers. 

🇩🇪 Thomas Müller

Perhaps it's harsh to refer to a 31-year-old as a Golden Oldie but Thomas Müller is a veteran who's been there, done that and got a whole lot of t-shirts. Recalled from his brief international exile, this is a man who has developed a habit of delivering the goods in the biggest games. 

The "Raumdeuter" has won the World Cup, two Champions Leagues and 10 Bundesliga titles among others, notching up 214 goals & 218 assists in the process for the only club he has ever represented: Bayern Munich.

He's got an astonishing CV on paper, but for a young Germany team in transition, Müller's intangible qualities and undeniable X-factor will be absolutely critical. A legend for club and country, Müller created 21 Bundesliga goals last season, proving that he's still the ultimate team guy. 

🇧🇪 Dries Mertens

Napoli's all-time record goal-scorer has consistently churned out brilliant goal numbers at club level and he's also a reliable pillar for the Belgian Red Devils, a team that is now ranked number 1 in the world by FIFA and boasting an array of stars in its ranks.

Now 34, Mertens doesn't look his age but Euro 2020 might be his last chance to impress on the big stage. He's certainly one of the most underrated players in recent memory.

🇭🇷 Luka Modrić

One of the most gifted playmakers the beautiful game has ever seen, little Luka led his Croatia team all the way to the 2018 World Cup final and his dominance of the Champions League for Real Madrid between 2014 and 2018 has earned him the respect of fans and opponents alike. Only elite operators win Ballon d'Or titles and Modrić has been comfortable in that category for almost a decade. Luka's Last Dance will be pleasing on the eye. 

🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo

Use whichever superlative you like to describe the great man, but CR7's consistent brilliance, year on year, makes him an icon of the sport. Ronaldo's obsession with perfection will never die down and although he'll have one eye on Ali Daei's all-time record of 109 goals for Iran (Ronaldo now has 103 for the European champions), his focus will be firmly fixed on the ultimate prize.

Having just won the Capocannoniere in Serie A at the age of 36, you'd be foolish to bet against a goal-machine who has made winning trophies an integral part of his personality. If he lifts Portugal to the pinnacle of the continental game once again, his detractors will surely be silenced forever. 

What a tournament it's bound to be. 

We've also looked at five young players with a point to prove as well as ten top teenage talents at Euro 2020. 

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