While many factors affect the football player`s career path, age is the biggest of them. Even the best and most experienced players find it challenging to compete with young talents, as their speed, agility, and overall performance eventually drop as they get older.
According to data presented by SafeBettingSites.com, Arsenal FC has the youngest team among the ten most valuable football clubs, with an average age of players of 25.2 years.
Manchester City has the Oldest Team Among the Top Five Premier League Clubs
Many elite football players with long-term careers find it challenging to maintain their physical performance as they age. Although their technical–tactical skills and understanding of specific tournaments and competitions improve with years of training and competing, their speed, strength, endurance, acceleration, and ball control can all be affected by their age.
That is why football teams with younger players at the peak of their performance are usually more favored in tournaments and more likely to win.
According to TransferMarket data, Arsenal FC has the youngest team among the world`s top ten football clubs. Arsenal`s squad counts 23 players, 70% foreigners, and their average age is 25.2 years.
Paris Saint-Germain has the second-youngest team in the top ten list, with an average age of players of 25.3 years. FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC squads both have an average player age of 25.4 years. Manchester United follows with 25.8 years, respectively.
The TransferMarkt data also showed Manchester City has the oldest team of all top Premier League clubs. The club`s squad counts 24 players, and their average age is 26.8 years or 1.6 years more than in Arsenal FC.
Real Madrid Has the Oldest Team Among the Top 10 Football Clubs
Although Manchester City has the oldest squad among the top five Premier League clubs, there is one football club with even an older team. According to TransferMarkt data, Real Madrid`s squad is by far the oldest on the top ten list, with an average player age of 27.3 years.
Statistics show that five out of 24 players in the club are aged 32 or more. The oldest one of them is Luka Modric, aged 37. The famous midfielder has been playing for Real Madrid since 2012 and still has no plans to retire. Although his contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires in June, he has agreed to a one-year extension.
Karim Benzema is the second-oldest player in the Spanish club, aged 35, while Eden Hazard, Nacho Fernández, and Toni Kroos are aged 32 and 33.