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Old before their time – five players to make Lazio star feel better

| 15.02.2014

Unless you’ve had your head buried beneath a blanket, you’ll have seen the story surface surrounding Lazio’s supposed 17-year-old Cameroonian, who denies he is actually 41.

Well, the Italian club are convinced his birth certificate is “absolutely legitimate”, so who are we to argue that Joseph Minala isn’t really a teenager – though it’s fair to say the years haven’t been kind.

Below are five footballers who could make ‘young’ Joseph feel better about his mature looks.


Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich to win the treble @ 9/2

The Dutchman possesses deadly quick feet, but was always losing ground in the hair retention department.


Leigh Griffiths – First goalscorer in Celtic v St Johnstone @ 3/1

Celtic’s new striker has secured himself a big move from Wolves, but could use a spa day or three.


Gary Taylor-Fletcher – Blackpool to beat Ipswich @ 4/1

The former Blackpool striker was one of Ian Holloway’s trusted foot soldiers on the Tangerines’ march to the Premier League, but boyish he was not.


Shaun Derry – Notts County to beat Wolves @ 6/1

No wonder the former QPR stalwart has gone into management, he’s trying to squeeze everything in before drawing his pension.


Charlie Adam – Stoke to finish in the top 10 @ 9/2

Galatasaray’s interest must have been flattering for Stoke’s in-form midfielder, who is clearly best suited to a cooler climate.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.