– The just concluded January 2018 transfer window left many twist and turns in its wake and was privy to high profile transfers
– It witnessed the transfer of many big names like Aubameyang, Walcott, Mkhitaryan, Batshuayi and Giroud
– It also left major disappointments such as the sabotaged move of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City
TUKO.co.ke dug deep into the archives and came up with these 6 unforgettable premiership players who are yet to hang up their boots and bring to an end their illustrious careers.
One of the unspoken January transfer surprises that brought to mind these legend’s was Samuel Eto’o’s departure from struggling Antalyaspor to Konyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig.
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Thus, it is only fair for us to start him off at the top of our list of the big six legends of premiership players still active in duty.
1. Samuel Eto’o
The legendary striker who won the treble with Inter Milan and two Champions Leagues with Barcelona is still playing professional football at the age of 36.
Many fans removed Eto’o from their mind when he joined Sampdoria from Everton in January 2015 after just six months at Goodison Park.
After bagging 44 goals in just 76 outings for the Scorpions, he decided to make a move to Konyaspor, who are 17th in the Turkish Super Lig, two points and a place worse off than his old club.
However, Eto’o is not the only veteran that has still maintained shape to the extent of still playing professional football.
2. Joe Cole:
Englishman Joe Cole was an integral part of Jose Mourinho Chelsea side that took the English league by storm.
Sadly Cole gradually found himself pushed out the side and made an ill-fated move to Liverpool in 2010.
After two seasons at Anfield the former England winger made just 20 Premier League appearances, only nine of which were starts.
In an attempt to find his form, Cole signed for West Ham, later moving on to Aston Villa and League One side Coventry City.
Now 36, the three-time Premier League winner is still pushing strog in the USA.
Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the reformed North American Soccer League in May 2016 and has been a regular since.
3. Shaun Wright-Phillips:
A player known for his blistering pace broke through the ranks at Manchester City in the early 2000s.
Wright-Phillips made a series of moves which did not work out and failed to reach the heights he should have.
Wright-Phillips in 2016 followed his half-brother Bradley to the USA, signing for New York Red Bulls.
Again he struggled to rediscover anything close to his best form and at 36, he is still playing with Phoenix Rising, the United Soccer League side owned by ex-Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba.
4. Michael Essien:
There was a time when the Ghanaian midfielder was one of the Premier League’s best players and across Europe at large.
Quick and strong, a true box-to-box midfielder, Essien dominated as the Blues won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the League Cup and Champions League.
However, incessant injuries saw his impact begin to diminish and, in 2013, he joined AC Milan.
He failed to rediscover his best form in Italy and somewhat went off the grid, by joining Greek side Panathinaikos.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that was the end of Essien, but it wasn’t.
In March 2017 he rejected an offer from A-League side Melbourne Victory in favour of joining Indonesian side Persib Bandung where, aged 35, he’s still playing.
5. Dimitar Berbatov:
The Bulgarian known for his sluggish but accurate approach to football always made football look easy from his own angle.
From the highs of Tottenham and Manchester United, winning two titles and the League Cup at Old Trafford, Berbatov has bounced around the globe since.
Spells at Fulham, Monaco and PAOK were brief, and it appeared he had called it quits after failing to sign for another club during the 2016/17 campaign.
However, in August last year the maverick froward, 37, joined former United teammate Wes Brown at Kerala Blasters on a one-year deal worth approximately KSh 130.5 million.
6. Robbie Keane:
Ireland’s veteran and all-time leading goalscorer is a man who loves a move. So much so, in fact, he’s made 13 in a professional career spanning almost 21 years and more than 600 appearances.
After five goal-laden seasons in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy, Keane left the States in November 2016 and it looked as though he would call it quits.
However, in August 2017 the 37-year-old Keane, surprised the world when re-emerged in India with Atletico de Kolkata (ATK), joining his former Spurs teammate Teddy Sheringham who was the club’s coach.
Sheringham has been sacked but Keane remains in the sub-continent having scored twice in four outings for the 2016 Indian Super League champions.