01-May-2020 12:37:54 | The Guardian
Gareth Bale went on to win the Champions League four times, but many of his contemporaries had already peaked
By Martin Laurence for WhoScored
There is an assumption that footballers get better with age before peaking in their late twenties and regressing in their thirties. The theory goes that players improve with greater experience before their fitness deteriorates and they inevitably get worse. However, a look back at the best players aged 21 or under in the 2009-10 season shows that not every promising youngster is destined for greater things.
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