Man Utd icon Cristiano Ronaldo takes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic with huge valuation

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been valued nearly £30million more than AC Milan veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic and other rivals in his age bracket

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Cristiano Ronaldo has proven to be the most valuable player in his age bracket with an astonishing margin over his closest rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Manchester United superstar, who turned 37 on Saturday, continues to defy his age thanks to his meticulous diet and unwavering attention to his training regimen.

Despite being guilty of missing a first-half penalty as the Red Devils pulled out of the FA Cup against Middlesbrough on Friday, Ronaldo has scored an impressive 14 goals in 24 appearances this season.

Since returning to Old Trafford in a £20million move from Juventus last summer, the Portugal captain has become the all-time top scorer in men’s international football as well as the history to score 800 career goals.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the most valuable player aged 37 or older
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic ranked second on the list, far behind his rival
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Ronaldo amassed a huge combined transfer fee throughout his glittering career after leaving United for Real Madrid in a then-record £80million move in 2009 before joining Juventus for £99million nine years later.

Given his goalscoring prowess, it’s no surprise the veteran retains a high price tag, especially considering he plans to play at the top level for at least four years.

According to stats experts Transfermarkt, Ronaldo is valued at £31.5m, making him the most valuable player in the world aged 37 or over by a considerable distance.

Ibrahimovic, 40, is second on the list as he continues to score at a steady pace for AC Milan, with eight goals in 15 Serie A appearances this season.

However, the towering Swede is only valued at £3.6m, which means his price tag is almost £30m lower than Ronaldo’s.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, 37, sits third in the table with a valuation of £2.25million, which he shares with Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, 37. .

Silva played no part in the Blues’ extra-time win over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday afternoon after coming in Brazil’s recent World Cup qualifiers.

Handanovic, meanwhile, is in his 10th season at the San Siro and continues to captain Inter, who he captained to the title last season.

The Slovenian keeper will lead the Nerazzurri against bitter rivals Milan in a local derby on Saturday night, but Ibrahimovic will not feature due to an Achilles tendon problem.

Another household name completes the top five in the form of Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta, 37, who is valued at £1.8m and plies his trade with Vissel Kobe.

The Spanish icon remains under contract until 2024 and he wears the armband of the Japanese club, where he moved in 2018 after 16 glorious seasons at Camp Nou.

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