35. Paulo Maldini
Maldini’s name is synonymous with A.C. Milan. After 25 seasons with the Italian giants, it’s no surprise that he enjoys massive respect in the city. Maldini’s longevity is the stuff of legend. He continued to perform at an elite level, even up to the age of 41 when he retired. The Italian star won 25 trophies throughout his career and was Milan’s longest-serving captain during his time with the team.
A classy central defender, Maldini won five Champion’s League titles and seven Serie A trophies with Milan. Other players came and went, but Maldini was a constant in the Rossenori’s backline. Furthermore, his professionalism and dedication to his body is the stuff of legend. Most players decline at about 32 but Maldini played for another 10 years past this age.