How old? Players you won't believe are close to turning 30 including Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona stars
The Borussia Dortmund attacker’s talent is unquestionable and he will certainly go down as a great. But we will always be left to wonder what could have been as a run of serious injuries robbed the German of a large chunk of his prime. Amazingly – for all of the 28-year-old’s ability – he only won his first major trophy back in May when Dortmund claimed the German Cup.
Time is such a cruel mistress and there never seems to be enough of it.
Here at talkSPORT we were reminiscing about players once billed as the future, with their primes still ahead of them, only to find out they are much older than we thought.
As we all get depressed over the fact the years have sped past us at lightning pace here is a list we have compiled of players who are far closer to 30 than we imagined.
Click the arrow above, right, to see who caught us by surprise.