Everything comes down to experience and that is certain the case in LaLiga Santander. The energy and audacity of young talent may decide matches, but the experience and know-how of a veteran can determine what position a team finishes in at the end of a league campaign. Meet the veterans of LaLiga Santander:
At the tender age of 37, players like Borja Fernández (R. Valladolid CF), Joaquín Sánchez (Real Betis), Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) and Diego López (RCD Espanyol) still have a lot to offer. Fernández played a key role for Los Pucelanos in their promotion to the top-flight and is still at the centre of his manager's plans this season, while the Basque striker and the Andalusian playmaker are living legends at their respective clubs. Meanwhile, López is a regular starter and hasn't missed a single league game for Los Blanquiazules.
Joaquín's contribution has been particularly significant this season. The Betis winger has two goals to his name and is currently the oldest goal-scorer in LaLiga Santander. Another prolific goal-scorer is Jorge Molina (Getafe CF), who features regularly for Los Azulones and is capable of deciding matches like he did last weekend against RCD Espanyol. Last but not least in the final third we have Charles Dias (SD Eibar), who, at the age of 34, still has a lot of fire in his boots (three goals this season).
At the age of 33, Santi Cazorla (Villarreal CF) has also been rolling back the years on his return to LaLiga Santander at the helm of El Submarino Amarillo, while Luka Modric (Real Madrid) has proved that 33 is not too old to collect the Ballon d'Or. The cast of veteran players is completed by Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) and Jesús Navas (Sevilla FC), whose contribution from the wings has proved vital for their respective sides.