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Former Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool players are among the footballers we can’t actually believe are still playing.

Former Brazil international Ze Roberto announced over the weekend he will play his final game as a professional footballer on Monday at the ripe old age of 43. To be quite honest, we assumed he’d retired ages ago.

Here are 17 other players who you might not realise are still going, proving that age is indeed just a number.

Eric Djemba-Djemba

Signed by Manchester United the same summer as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kleberson in a transfer window which can be described as a ‘mixed bag’, Djemba-Djemba is now onto the 13th club of his career in Swiss fifth-tier outfit FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues.

Shola Ameobi

A goalscorer in Notts County’s 2-1 victory over Colchester in League Two on Saturday, Ameobi’s greatest achievement remains convincing Tom Victor that Newcastle had the next Ronaldo on their hands.

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READ: Shola Ameobi, the Intertoto Cup and the phenomenon of false memories

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Matty Taylor

Turning 36 today, Taylor was scoring crucial goals in Portsmouth’s great escape from relegation 11 years ago. These days he’s turning out for Swindon in League Two.

Jon Parkin

Still going at the age of 35 and still a very big man, the striker has scored 32 goals in 46 appearances for York over the past two seasons, including the opener in their FA…

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