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Cristiano Ronaldo features in Premier League over 30s team of the season

Although the Premier League continues to be played at a frantic pace some of the top-flight’s best players are over the age of 30.

With that in mind we’ve put together a Premier League team of the season purely containing players that are over the age of 30 at the time of writing this article.

There are eight different teams represented in this team and some positions proved trickier to fill than others…

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Nick Pope

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The eight-time England international continues to produce heroics year in, year out for the Clarets and he has only missed two Premier League games this season which came as a result of testing positive for Covid-19.

Pope has nine top-flight clean sheets this season from 32 appearances, which is more than the likes of David de Gea (7) and Kasper Schmeichel (6).

The 30-year-old has made 99 saves this season which puts him in the league’s top five in that specific category.

Since Mike Jackson took the reins on an interim basis, Burnley have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 and look on track to produce a great escape.

Joel Veltman

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The Dutch international has made 30 league starts this season, 15 of which have come via centre-back and the other 15 have been when Graham Potter has played him at right-back.

The versatile Veltman can play at full-back and has often interchanged with Tariq Lamptey for the Seagulls.

Veltman isn’t in the same attack-minded bracket as the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Joao Cancelo, but the 30-year-old has had a solid campaign for Brighton.

Thiago Silva

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The 37-year-old Brazilian remains a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans and he has made 43 appearances across all competitions this season.

With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both set to leave Stamford Bridge as free agents at the end of June, Silva, who signed a new one-year deal with the Blues in January, is likely to be at the heart of Chelsea’s defence come the start of next season.

Silva, who turns 38 in September, has seemingly adapted to the pace and rigours of the Premier League since arriving from Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2020.

Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool never recovered from losing the dominant Netherlands captain to a season-ending knee injury at Goodison Park last season.

But with Jurgen Klopp having arguably the world’s best centre-back back available for this campaign, the red half of Merseyside have been back to their dominating best.

Despite suffering a serious injury, Van Dijk showed no signs of rustiness and was straight back to his formidable and consistent best.

With Liverpool chasing an unprecedented quadruple, the influential 30-year-old’s leadership and calmness will be crucial in the closing weeks of the season.

Aaron Cresswell

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The former Ipswich Town man has played a key role in helping the Hammers reach the Europa League semi-finals.

Cresswell’s delivery from the left-hand side and his set pieces have become a vital part of the threat David Moyes’ West Ham pose.

The 32-year-old scored a beauty of a free-kick against Everton last month and he’ll be hoping to finish the season strongly and potentially impress England manager Gareth Southgate.

Thiago

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Liverpool’s number six endured a difficult first campaign in English football and there were question marks whether the Spaniard could adapt to the tempo and physicality.

Although the former Bayern Munich midfielder has struggled with niggling injuries throughout the season, he is undeniably currently in the midst of his best run of form since arriving in England.

He’s playing with that swagger and confidence which makes it practically impossible to get the ball off him.

The 31-year-old’s vision and range of passing is a sight to behold and when on form he’s one of the best midfielders in Europe.

Joao Moutinho

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Moutinho’s contract at Molineux expires at the end of June and as things stand it looks like the 35-year-old’s four-year stay in the Black Country could be coming to an end.

The 144-time Portuguese international continues to be at the heart of Bruno Lage’s midfield and Wolves have sorely missed Moutinho’s compatriot Ruben Neves.

With Wolves not having the biggest of squads, the 35-year-old Moutinho has made 31 Premier League appearances this season and he always eager to get on the ball and dictate the tempo of the game.

Moutinho has scored two Premier League goals this season, one of which was a winner at Old Trafford back in January.

Riyad Mahrez

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With 23 goals and nine assists from 43 matches across all competitions this season, the 31-year-old Algerian is Manchester City’s top scorer this campaign.

With four league games remaining, the talented left-footer has already produced his best goalscoring campaign for the Citizens.

Mahrez’s contract at the Etihad Stadium after signing from Leicester City in July 2018 expires next summer.

Kevin de Bruyne

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The influential Belgian is City’s joint top scorer in the Premier League alongside Mahrez with 11 goals.

City’s creative number 17 has got stronger as the season has gone on and he looks to have hit red hot form at the perfect time.

So often the man to deliver the goods for Guardiola’s side, the 30-year-old will be looking to finish the season strongly and help propel City to a Premier League and Champions League double.

Sadio Mane

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While his teammate Mohamed Salah has suffered a drop off in goalscoring output, the African Cup of Nations winner has continued to score crucial goals in recent weeks.

Similar to De Bruyne, Mane looks to have timed his charge to peak form perfectly this season. The 30-year-old who has 14 Premier League goals to his name this season looks fresh as we enter the final weeks of the season.

So often the man to come up with the goods in the big moments, the Senegalese international will be targeting further goals in the closing stages of the campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Cristiano Ronaldo being the problem at Manchester United is evaporating fast and in fact the Portuguese international is crying out for some help at Old Trafford.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored eight of United’s last nine Premier League goals, including the last five.

Only Salah (22) has scored more top-flight goals than United’s number seven this season (17).

And after recently joining the Premier League 100 club, the 37-year-old will be interested to hear from Erik ten Hag where he features in the Dutchman’s plans.

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