Fresh from scoring in the Champions League against Manchester City, we celebrate Francesco Totti and five other veterans plying their trade in Italy.
At 38 years of age, you would be forgiven for thinking AS Roma stalwart Francesco Totti had seen the last of his record-breaking days for the Giallorossi.
But then, with his club trailing Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad, the Italian World Cup winner produced another bit of magic to write himself into the history books of the UEFA Champions League.
Just three days after his birthday, Totti was on hand to score what could be a priceless equaliser against the Citizens and a goal that has seen him become the oldest scorer in the history of the competition.
A mercurial talent well into his twilight years, the Italian, however, is not the only Golden Oldie to be tearing it up in Serie A at present – here are five of the best to go alongside the Italian.
Luca Toni – Verona – 37
A World Cup winner who previously thrived during stints at Palermo, Fiorentina and Bayern Munich, Toni has enjoyed something of a Serie A renaissance after coming back to Italy following a failed stint at Dubai club Al Nasr two years ago.
First recruited on a season-long deal by old employers Fiorentina, eight goals in 27 games was enough to convince newly-promoted Verona to bring him onboard last term. He repaid their faith with 20 goals in 33 Serie A games and is already off the mark in the top-flight this season.
Take a look at all 20 of Toni's Serie A goals for Verona last season!
Sergio Pellissier – Chievo – 35
A graduate of Torino’s youth academy, Pellissier moved to Chievo Verona in 2000 and has remained there ever since. Some 111 goals in exactly 400 games for the Gialloblu have followed with the veteran striker particularly strong in the air.
Capped once by Italy for a friendly against Northern Ireland in which he also scored, the 35-year-old’s best return for a season came in the 2007-08 campaign when 22 goals in 38 Serie B games helped Chievo make an immediate return to the Italian top-flight.
Here are some of Pellissier's finest goals for the Verona side.
Miroslav Klose – Lazio – 36
The only non-Italian to feature, Klose confounded his critics to become the World Cup’s all-time top scorer but he has been silencing the doubters since arriving at Lazio in 2011 following a return of four league goals in 45 games Bayern Munich over his final two seasons at the club.
The German has been a revelation in Serie A, scoring 35 goals in 85 Serie A games despite several injuries. A history maker after becoming the first player since the 1984-95 season to score five goals in a Serie A game against Bologna in May 2013, he is contracted until the end of the season with the option of a one-year extension.
Check out this compilation of all five of Klose's record-breaking goals against Bologna!
Antonio Di Natale – Udinese – 36
Signed from Empoli in 2004, Di Natale has been arguably Udinese’s most consistent performer over the past decade with 10 or more Serie A goals in each of his last eight seasons and he already looks on course to repeat that feat after four goals in his first five league games this term.
A tally of 213 goals in 392 games puts him among the Zebrette’s greatest ever players and after scoring 20 in 38 appearances last season, the Italian opted to reverse his decision to retire that summer, signing a new one year deal. Udinese will be hoping he does the same again next time.
Watch the top 20 best ever Di Natale goals right here
Andrea Pirlo – Juventus – 35
The man responsible for the seeming shift in power between AC Milan and Juventus in Serie A over the past few years, the Rossoneri must surely rue the day they allowed the midfielder maestro to leave the San Siro on the free with the Bianconeri ready and waiting with open arms and a bumper contract.
Since arriving at the Juventus Stadium, Pirlo has orchestrated a trio of title successes and both the Old Lady and Pirlo are showing no signs of resting on their laurels with the club top of the pile in the league and the 35-year-old contracted to Juve until 2016 . Looks likely to play on for a good while yet.
Enjoy a passing masterclass from Pirlo below.
Where does Totti rank in this list? Could any of them do a job in the Premier League?