7 7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Expectations werent high when Ibrahimovic saw out his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, but, in a statement that has been said over and over again, he silenced his critics. Despite missing the last month of the campaign, the striker finished as Uniteds top scorer by a long shot, with 28 goals in all competitions. He may be out until early next year, but its clear the 35-year-old isnt finished. Could John Terry enjoy a late resurgence to his career at Aston Villa or Birmingham City? Click the arrow above, right, to see the players whose footsteps the Chelsea legend could follow Gary McAllister – McAllister returned to Liverpool in a surprise move, at the age of 35, in July 2000. While the Anfield faithful were admirers of his ability, his age was a concern. But he proved to be an inspired signing from Gerard Houllier. The 2000/01 campaign saw the Reds win the cup treble: the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. He scored vital goals for the Merseyside outfit, including a winning penalty against Barcelona in the UEFA Cup semi-final. 7 Could John Terry light up the Championship next season?That’s the question many of us are asking, with the Chelsea legend, who will become a free agent on July 1, understood to be considering an offer from Aston Villa, as well as Birmingham City.Inspired by the possibility of the defender remining us of why he’s one of the greatest the Premier League has seen, we’ve taken a look at others who enjoyed a late resurgence to their career.Including current and former players, scroll through the gallery above to take a look at who features. Jermain Defoe – It looked as though Defoes best days were over when he left the Premier League to head to Toronto in January 2014. He didnt settle to life in Major League Soccer, however, and after training with Tottenham Hotspur was soon back in England with Sunderland. Defoe has been the only light of joy in a spiritless Black Cats team over the past three years. His tally stands at 34 league goals in 87 appearances, and he isnt short of offers this summer with the likelihood that hell remain in Englands top flight following Sunderlands relegation. 7 Fabio Cannavaro – Little more needs to be said of Cannavaro than his winning of the Ballon dOr at the age of 33, beating Gianluigi Buffon and Thierry Henry to the award in 2006. He also won FIFA World Player of the Year, the first and only defender to claim the honour. A few months earlier hed captained Italy to a World Cup triumph in Germany, beating France 5-3 on penalties. Champions Juventus, Cannavaros club, may have been demoted to Serie B and stripped of their title as a result of the 2006 match-fixing scandal of Italian football but nothing can be taken away from his performances. 7 7 Andrea Pirlo – Pirlo is another example of a player who little was expected of when released by his club. Juventus signed the Italian midfielder on a free transfer in 2011 with Serie A rivals AC Milan letting him walk free. It was the end of a 10-year love affair in Milan and it did seem as though the best of his ability had been seen. But the finest period of his career was saved for Juve. He became a true artist of the game in Turin, changing the way he played, and continued to star for his country, Italy. We all felt his tears when Barcelona defeated Juventus in the 2015 Champions League final, denying him the perfect end with New York City on the horizon. 7 Luca Toni – A few years earlier Toni was heading to retirement, but in 2015 the striker was sharing a Serie A Golden Boot, at the age of 38, having finished the campaign on 22 goals for Verona, the same number as then 22-year-old Mauro Icardi and better than the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez. It was very much in the latter stages of his career that Toni really discovered his form in front of goal, previously starring for Fiorentina and Bayern Munich.
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