Friday, January 15, 2010

Debate over the exact age of Crystal Palace wonderkid- Victor Moses

Speculation about the exact age of Victor Moses, who is registered as a 19-year-old, might hamper Palace’s hopes of realising their £5million valuation.

This wonderkid has been courted by several European giant clubs, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Wigan, West Brom and Nottingham Forest and
even Real Madrid and Barcelona!

Moses has a British passport, having lived in the UK since he was 11. But the tragic circumstance in which he arrived in this country from war-torn Nigeria as a traumatised orphan, having seen both his parents shot dead in a sectarian killing spree in
Kaduna, means there is little documentation of his early years.

Palace manager Neil Warnock blames himself for the escalating talk that estimates Moses’s age between 19 and 23.

Warnock said: ‘I’m always joking with him that he looks a lot older than 19 — but that’s the age on his passport.’

Moses’s agent Tony Finnigan, who accompanied the player when he returned to Nigeria last summer, said: ‘His age is his age and if it’s questioned, then you have to question the age of many other foreign footballers playing here.’

Life can be something of a lottery when it comes to the ageing process. Some individuals are blessed with youthful vigour and baby-faced looks late into life. Others, who are yet to even reach their thirties, can be mistaken for someone 10 or 20 years their senior.

So, who can Moses blames since he's born with this mature looks. Moses's case is definitely nothing if compared to other footballers who are often mistaken to be old.

Top of my list is none other than Lyon's Jeremy Toulalan. At 26 years old, this defensive midfield is famed for his grey hair and for his talents as well.

Next comes Obafemi Martins of Wolfsburg. Also aged 26, but didn't looks like one. Look at pictures below, he definitely looks like a granddad!

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