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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Rivaldo, Roger Milla and other over-40s Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to emulate

Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to play for Real Madrid for another decade and retire when he is 41 years old. But who are some of the other outfield players (not goalkeepers) who have surpassed the big 40?

We may never see the likes of Sir Stanley Matthews, who played at age 50, or Japanese legend Kazuyoshi Miura, who holds the records for being the oldest footballer and oldest goalscorer in Japan's professional leagues at 49, again but here are five who carried on their careers well into old age (in footballing terms).

Roger Milla

At the age of 42, Milla became the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history by scoring against Russia. And played for two more years.
At the age of 42, Milla became the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history by scoring against Russia. And played for two more years.

Rivaldo

Rivaldo was still turning out for Mogi Mirim at the age of 43 last year.
Rivaldo was still turning out for Mogi Mirim at the age of 43 last year.

Teddy Sheringham

Sheringham ended his career with Stevenage at 42.
Sheringham ended his career with Stevenage at 42.

Romario

Romario scored over 1,000 goals in his career and ended his playing time at 42.
Romario scored over 1,000 goals in his career and ended his playing time at 42.

Paolo Maldini

The defender played his whole career at AC Milan, over 600 matches, and retired at 41.
The defender played his whole career at AC Milan, over 600 matches, and retired at 41.

And if you wanted to make an XI -- there are plenty of goalkeepers by the way -- then there are some other big names who you may consider: Cuauhtemoc Blanco (42), Stuart Pearce (41), Amedeo Carboni (41), Gordon Strachan (40), Ryan Giggs (40), Javier Zanetti (40) and Alessandro Costacurta (40) to name but a few.

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