Roger Federer celebrates his fortieth birthday on Sunday nonetheless hopeful of including to his 20 Grand Slam titles regardless of an unconvincing return to the game following two knee surgical procedures.
AFP Sport seems to be at 5 different stars nonetheless competing at an age when a lot of their contemporaries have lengthy headed for the consolation of an armchair.
Tom Brady – 44
The American Football famous person quarterback turned 44 on Tuesday however exhibits few indicators of slowing down. Brady has received seven Super Bowls – six with the New England Patriots and one this 12 months with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He was additionally the oldest participant to be voted MVP in a Super Bowl after the 31-9 win over Kansas City.
“Feeling blessed and ready to go for year 22!!,” Brady tweeted on Wednesday after celebrating his birthday.
Formiga – 43
Brazilian footballer Formiga has performed greater than 200 occasions for her nation since making her worldwide debut at 17 in 1995. The midfielder’s membership profession has taken her from Sao Paulo to Malmo, New Jersey, Paris Saint-Germain and quite a few stops in between.
At Tokyo this week, Formiga turned the primary ladies’s participant to look in seven Olympics.
“I intend to play football until I am 45. I love it. It will be difficult to stop,” she stated in Tokyo the place Brazil have been eradicated by Canada within the quarter-finals.
Valentino Rossi – 42
A nine-time world motorcycling champion with seven of these coming within the premier class, Rossi on Thursday stated he’ll full this season after which retire after 26 years within the sport.
The charismatic Italian’s final MotoGP world title got here again in 2009 and he misplaced his seat with the manufacturing unit Yamaha workforce after a fifteenth place end within the truncated 2020 marketing campaign.
This 12 months, he has been using for the Yamaha satellite tv for pc workforce however is at present nineteenth within the standings.
His dream of equalling Giacomo Agostini’s document of eight premier class world titles will now stay simply that.
Venus Williams – 41
The winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles (5 at Wimbledon and two on the US Open) and a former world primary. Williams additionally has 14 ladies’s doubles titles on the majors and two in blended.
She was the 2000 Olympic gold medallist in singles and has added three extra doubles on the Games alongside sister Serena. Currently ranked at 110 on this planet, the final of her 49 singles titles got here at Kaohsiung in 2016.
Chris Gayle – 41
Cricket star Gayle, nicknamed ‘Universe Boss’, has captained the West Indies and has performed extra worldwide video games for the workforce than some other man.
He can also be simply certainly one of 4 batsmen in historical past to have scored two triple tons of in Tests and certainly one of solely six to have a double century in ODIs.
Still part of the West Indies T20 squad, Gayle’s expertise are often restricted to franchise cricket lately – he has performed 437 T20 video games and scored over 14,000 runs.