Soccer is one of the most popular team sports in the world, and professional footballers have the potential to earn a lucrative career. But how old are these players on average? According to research, the age of professional footballers ranges from 16 to 43 years, with an average age of 25.5 years. It's also observed that around 80% of football players are between 21 and 29 years old. After this age, the number of players decreases. This table breaks down the employee ages of professional football players:Age Range | Percentage
16-20 | 5%
21-25 | 25%
26-30 | 40%
31-35 | 20%
36-40 | 8%
41-43 | 2%Interestingly, the average age of professional football players is over 40 years old, accounting for 40% of the population.
Footballers tend to develop a large following and their careers can be very lucrative, but they usually last only about eight years, with an average retirement age of 35. Teddy Sheringham was an English footballer whose career lasted more than 24 years. He began his professional career in 1983 with the Millwall Football Club and played for them until 1991. He is Millwall's second all-time top scorer with 111 goals. Marco Ballotta is the second oldest Italian player in history, whose career spans more than 25 years. He is also the oldest player to appear in both Serie A (Italy) and the Champions League. Ballotta appeared in 138 Serie A matches and played mainly for the football club Lazio. Aleksandar Đurić had a successful international career in Singapore, receiving seven S.
League titles, three Singapore Cups, four Golden Boot awards, special awards of 200 and 300 goals and was named League Player of the Year three times. John Burridge is one of the oldest football players in England and had a career spanning almost 30 years. During his nearly thirty-year career, Burridge played in 771 league games in the English and Scottish leagues. From 1993 to 1997, he continued to play goalkeeper for any team that requested his services, despite being in his 40s. Andrea Pierobon holds the record of being the oldest Italian football player in history. He had a career as a goalkeeper of almost 30 years and his last team was Cittadella, which was also the first team to sign him when he began his professional career. Miura was the first Japanese player to receive the Asian Player of the Year award in 1993, awarded by the Asian Football Confederation. A study has been conducted to investigate the influence of players' age, playing position, number of seasons in the club and number of champion leagues won on their market values.
The results provide useful information about the age at which football players are likely to perform at their highest level as well as have their highest market value. The results confirm that an inverted U-curve characterizes this relationship between market valuation and age, with a maximum value occurring in the age range of 26 to 30 years. When Burridge played for Manchester City in 1994, he became the oldest player to appear in the Premier League at age 43. The oldest player on this list is still active today and will probably hold the record of being the oldest football player in history for many years since he is 50 years old. He played his last game in 1965 and at the beginning of that year he became the only football player to be named a knight (for services to football). A study of German international football players found that they had a shorter life expectancy than their counterparts of the same age. Interestingly, a study of World Cup results found that a one-year increase in a team's age above 27.5 was associated with a four-position drop in overall performance. Employees with the title of professional football player have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. Defenders tend to peak at an older age due to lower physical demand and maintain high performance at an older age. Finally, an inverted U-curve defines the association between market value and age, with maximum value appearing in 26-30 age range.