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Brazil Legend Makes Astonishing Claim That He Could Play For Manchester City At The Age Of 47

Josh Lawless

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Brazil Legend Makes Astonishing Claim That He Could Play For Manchester City At The Age Of 47

Brazilian legend Ze Roberto has claimed he could play for Manchester City at the age of 47.

Ze Roberto had a decorated 23-year career in the game, playing for Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich (twice) and Hamburg, as well as five clubs in his native Brazil.


He only hung up his boots at the age of 43, finishing off at Palmeiras in December 2017.

Image: PA
Image: PA

But the former midfielder has kept himself in incredible shape and genuinely believes he would do a job for Pep Guardiola's City despite his age.

"I have never stopped training," Ze Roberto told Sky Sports.

"If I was to wear the City shirt today, in the physical condition I'm in, and with the way they play, I believe I could play in central midfield for them easily because it's a team which never loses the ball."

Ze Roberto amassed over 1000 career appearances and was capped 84 times for Brazil, turning out in two World Cups.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The key to his longevity was quite clearly looking after his body. Even now, Ze Roberto is completely shredded and regularly posts video of his workouts.

He's even gone as far as saying that he thinks he is in better shape than five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who has plans to play beyond the age of 40.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He added: "I don't think so because with every year that passes, football becomes more physical.

"In the coming years, if you are not physically good, you are not going to be able to play in the modern game at a high level.

"Every year, the average age of when footballers start their professional careers is going down and logically that means the average age of when they finish their careers will go down too, so I think it's difficult for anyone to play at a high level at 40 now."

Ze Roberto was part of the impressive Bayer Leverkusen side that reached the 2002 Champions League final and finished as Bundesliga runners up on three occasions in a four-year spell.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Along with Michael Ballack, he made the switch to Bayern Munich, making over 200 appearances and winning four Bundesliga titles.

He won La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

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Topics: Brazil, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid

Josh Lawless
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