The world's top five strikers over 35 - which Premier League striker joins Zlatan on list?

Peter Crouch of Stoke City FC celebrates scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Southampton, England.

These rampaging goal-scorers, including players at Stoke and Manchester United, prove that youth isn't everything when it comes to playing up top.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United holds of a tackle from Hasan Ali Kaldirim of Fenerbahce  during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Fenerbahce SK and Manchester United FC...Zlatan Ibrahimovic rolling back the years versus Hasan Ali Kaldirim of Fenerbahce.

 They say that youth and energy doesn't count for everything, and when it comes to scoring goals, there's a lot to be said for experienced operators who know how to outfox the opposition's defenders without relying on pace and stamina alone.

Since football is such a physically demanding game, we're used to the idea that a player's stock will dwindle pretty rapidly from the age of about 30 on. Players who manage to stay at the peak of their powers at 32 or 33 are sometimes hailed as biological miracles or freaks of the game.

So, to prove that miracles are more common than you might think, here's a list of five strikers over the age of thirty five who still deliver the goods on a regular basis.

5. Peter Crouch (Stoke City)

Peter Crouch of Stoke City hands over his shirt to the fan he chatted on Twitter pictured after the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on May 21,...Peter Crouch of Stoke City hands over his shirt to a fan.

He might not be the most versatile player to have ever graced the top flight - at 6"7 it's no surprise that headers are a crucial part of his game - but a goal is still a goal. Making it into the select group of players to have scored more than 100 in the Premier League is no small feat, and to have reached that figure at the ripe age of 36 is even more impressive.

Crouch managed seven league goals in 2016/17, and it wasn't just a case of bullying the league minnows. He managed to put one past Chelsea's title winning side and another one past Arsenal. He says he wants to keep playing until he's forty, and if he can keep relatively free from injury - there's no reason to think he won't.

4. Sergio Pellissier (Chievo)

Sergio Pellissier of AC ChievoVerona celebrates after scoring his opening goal from the penalty spot during the Serie A match between AC ChievoVerona and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Marc'...Sergio Pellissier of AC Chievo Verona celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot

He's certainly not a household name over in the U.K. - but at the age of 38, and still one of his club's most consistent strikers, he certainly deserves to be. Pellissier has been with A.C. Chievo Verona since 2000 and the team have only spent one season outside of Serie A since he became a first team regular in 2002.

Last season was Pellissier's most prolific since 2011-12, scoring 8 league goals in only 25 appearances. It just goes to show: some players stay hungry deep into their thirties.

3. Ruben Castro (Real Betis)

Nacho Fernandez (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Ruben Castro (L) of Real Betis Balompie during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Santiago...Nacho Fernandez (R) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Ruben Castro (L) of Real Betis...

The Mediterranean diet is said to work wonders for health and longevity, which might explain why Spanish and Italian players are so well represented in this list. At 36, Ruben Castro is another age-defying striker and winger who just doesn't seem to know he's too old to be so prolific in the final third.

He managed 13 league goals for Real Betis last year - the same tally that Neymar reached for F.C. Barcelona - and although he's now made a loan move over to Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng F.C. for 2017-18, there's no reason to think he'll be slowing down any time soon.

2.  Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao)

Athletic de Bilbao's forward Aduriz (L) vies with Atletico de Madrid's defender Lucas  during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the...Athletic de Bilbao's forward Aduriz (L) vies with Atletico de Madrid's defender Lucas.

 Another member of the elusive 100 club - only this time in La Liga - the 36-year-old Aduriz is able to find the back of the net with an alarming regularity. He managed 16 league goals in 32 appearances last season, which makes him no slouch. But add to that the tally of 7 goals he scored in Europe, and you're looking at a formidable striker who wont let advancing years hold him back.

Having won the Europa League's golden boot in 2015-16, his presence in the national squad for Euro 2016 was entirely deserved. Another call up for the 2018 World Cup may seem unlikely, but Aduriz evidently is in the business of defying the odds.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimović (Recently at Manchester United) 

Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses for a photo after the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United on May 24, 2017 at the Friends...Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses for a photo after the UEFA Europa League final 

Of course, no list of prolific strikers above the age of 35 would be complete without recognising the contribution which Zlatan Ibrahimović has made both to the art of speaking about yourself in the third person and scoring goals at the highest level. Having toured the premier clubs of Europe throughout his career, winning silverware with ease at every stop, some thought that his move to Manchester United in 2016 might be one bridge too far for the ageing Swede.

For those people, Zlatan had only a mere 17 league goals in him to prove that class is permanent when it comes to the greats. The cruciate ligament injury which he suffered against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final kept him from reaching the 20 mark last year, but with United still said to be interested in his services when he recovers, football fans around the world are waiting eagerly to see whether Zlatan can do it all over again at the age of 36. 

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