LA LIGA

40 is the new 20: La Liga vets

Juan Carlos Valeron is La Liga's most experienced (ok, oldest) player at 40, but this well-respected veteran can still mix it with the best, having done the rounds at Las Palmas, Atletico Madrid, Deportivo La Coruña and back to Las Palmas, Valeron was applauded by Barcelona manager and ex-Spain teammate Luis Enrique, along with the rest of the Camp Nou for a lifetime's service to Spanish football.

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Manuel Pablo is also resisting retirement at 39 years-young, he's been at Depor for 17 years.

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David Navarro, 35, plies his trade at Levante in central defence. Coming through the ranks at Valencia, he's also pulled on the Mallorca jersey and that of Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax.

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Sergio Paulo Barbosa Valente is a Portuguese man of war floating in Spanish seas since 1999, he's 35 and plays on the left of defence but can also fill in other roles, his current side is Malaga but has also crossed the line in the colours of Cadiz, Levante and Sevilla.

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Carlos Gurpegui is also 35 and can cover central defence and central midfield positions. He's currently playing with Athletic Bilbao, the player completed a 2-year sanction for a dpoing charge.

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Toño Martínez has spent 16 years between the posts, he learned his trade at Hercules, but has held firm at Recreativo de Huelva, Racing Santander, Granada and Elche. At 36 years of age he's still active at Rayo Vallecano.

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Juanfran made his La Liga debut back in 1994 with Levante and having journeyed far and wide to Valencia, Celta, Besiktas, Ajax, Zaragoza, and AEK Athens, made his way back to Levante, where he is now, at 39 years of age.

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Riki began life as a pro in Real Madrid's 'fabrica' and went on to play for Getafe, Deportivo de la Coruña, Sevilla and the 2014/15 season with Granada. Currently at Club Deportivo Guadalajara in Spain's Segunda División B, he is a striker.

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Alberto Lopo is 35 and spent most of his career at Espanyol. In 2006 he signed for Deportivo, also togging out for Getafe before returning to the Riazor where he plays now.

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Weligton, 36, is a Brazilian defender at Malaga, where he's been since 2007.

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