News Live Scores
Premier League

Dani Alves to Gianluigi Buffon - The oldest players to sign for top European clubs?

07:47 GMT+4 18/11/2021
Dani Alves Barcelona
John Burridge is the oldest player to sign for Manchester City at the age of 43...

New Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez's first signing after taking charge of the club was a huge surprise as he brought his former teammate Dani Alves to the Catalan giants.

Alves, who was a free agent since the beginning of the ongoing 2021-22 season after he had terminated his contract with Brazilian side Sao Paulo, returned to the La Liga side after a gap of four years.

The Brazilian full-back played alongside Xavi for seven years (2008 to 2015) left Barcelona in 2017. He then joined former Serie A champions Juventus for a season before heading to PSG where he spent the next two seasons of his career.

With 43 trophies to his name at both international and club, the Brazilian is the most decorated footballer of all time. At the age of 38, Alves re-signed for his former club thus becoming the oldest signing in the history of Barcelona.

We take a look at the oldest signings of all the top European clubs. Among all the oldest players, John Burridge, Gianluigi Buffon and Mark Schwarzer are the only three players to have put pen to paper at Manchester City, Juventus and Chelsea respectively after crossing 40.

Who are the oldest players to sign for top European clubs?

Club

Player

Age

Transfer type

Season

Manchester United

Andy Goram

37

Permanent

2000-01

Manchester City

John Burridge

43

Permanent

1994-95

Liverpool

Paul Jones

36

Loan

2003-04

Chelsea

Mark Schwarzer

41

Permanent

2013-14

Arsenal

Jock Rutherford

39

Permanent

1923-24

Barcelona

Dani Alves

38

Permanent

2021-22

Real Madrid

Jerzy Dudek

34

Permanent

2007-08

Bayern Munich

Bernd Dreher

38

Permanent

2005-06

Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon

41

Permanent

2019-20

AC Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

38

Permanent

2019-20

Inter Milan

Marco Ballota

36

Permanent

2000-01