Life begins at 40: could David Beckham join an exclusive club?

28 November 2012 09:46

David Beckham plays his last competitive game for the LA Galaxy at the weekend when he hopes to bow out an MLS Cup Final winner.

He’s been plotting his next career challenge for some time, but has so far given little away – although Harry Redknapp could entice him to his new club QPR.

Becks (37) would no doubt fancy another crack at the Premier League and LA teammate Robbie Keane reckons his Stateside pal could play at the highest level until he’s 40.

The Irishman, who would also welcome a return to the top flight in England, says: “He definitely has a few years left in him.

“His ability on the ball is still the best I have seen. His passing is ridiculous. He still has the hunger, and the quality, to play at the highest level.”

Only two outfield players have performed at Premier League level after turning 40 – Teddy Sheringham and Gordon Strachan.

Keepers Mark Schwarzer and Brad Friedel are still going strong in England’s top flight at 40+ - and the other eight players to reach this landmark were all stoppers.


John Burridge – 43years 161 days

David Seaman – 40years 112 days

Edwin Van Der Sar– 40 years 201 days

Alec Chamberlain –42 years 323 days

Steve Ogrizovic - 42 years 234 days

Neville Southall –41 years 175 days

Kevin Poole – 41 years 161 days

Jens Lehmann – 41years 150 days

Source: DSG