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Footballers are condemned to relatively short careers, with the body’s inability to keep up with the rigours of playing a full 90 minutes at the highest levels, be it for the club or country. Here we parse through some former stalwarts who, unfortunately, staring down at the twilight years of their respective careers:

Javier Mascherano

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The Argentine has been a fixture in the national side for the past decade and more, not to mention one of the first names on the team sheet for Liverpool and Barcelona. Over the past season or two, however, clear chinks have appeared in his armour: once able to ply his trade energetically in both holding midfield or centre-back roles, Mascherano now seems fit enough only for the relatively less demanding centre-back position, and has lot quite a bit of the pace and bite that once made him one of the sure-shot brick walls in defence for some of the top teams in the world.

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