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10 most expensive players aged 30 plus

Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
18 Sep 2017, 19:39 IST

#8 Angelo Peruzzi - £15.7m, Inter Milan to Lazio, 2000

Angelo Peruzzi of Lazio in action
Before his big move to Lazio, Angelo Peruzzi won the Champions League with Juventus

To put it simply, Italy had what you’d call an embarrassment of riches when it came to goalkeepers in the '90s. Gianluca Pagliuca, Luca Marchegiani and Francesco Toldo were three of them but prior to the emergence of the now-legendary Gianluigi Buffon, it was Angelo Peruzzi who stood head and shoulders above the rest.

While Peruzzi was eventually ousted by Buffon as the Italian national side’s #1 goalkeeper, he does have one thing he can hold over the keeper recognised as arguably the most legendary of them all. Firstly, while both men won every possible trophy in the Italian game and both won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, (Buffon obviously as the first choice goalie) Peruzzi won the one trophy that has eluded Buffon - the Champions League with Juventus in 1996.

While Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, he made his move to Juve in his 20s, Peruzzi’s most expensive move came at the age of 30 in 2000 to big-spending Lazio, and it was there that he ended his career some seven years later, after appearing alongside the likes of Hernan Crespo, Marcelo Salas, Juan Veron and Pavel Nedved.

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