Our former Argentine duo Fabricio Coloccini and Jonás Gutiérrez may be approaching 40, but they are still going strong in their native country several years on from their NUFC exits.
Coloccini recently signed a new deal to keep him at San Lorenzo until 2021, the club he left Newcastle to join back in 2016, and has recently had to overcome COVID-19 after contracting the virus back in August.
His time during quarantine was spent studying, however, with the defender managing to complete his secondary school diploma at the ripe old age of 38.
Proof that wealth or age means you’re never too old to better your education!
Best friend and fellow countryman Gutiérrez, now 37-years old, has spent the twilight of his career as a bit of a journeyman – playing for five different sides since leaving back in 2015.
He is currently on the books at Buenos Aires-based side Banfield, and was handed a new one-year extension just yesterday to keep him at the club until 2021.
Both players will always receive a warm welcome should they ever step foot on Tyneside once again, which is a testament to their characters as they both endured a difficult start to their Newcastle careers – suffering a disastrous relegation at the end of their first season in a black-and-white shirt.
They were integral in our rebound back from the Championship and constant mainstays in the side that finished 5th under Alan Pardew back in 2011/12. Plus, who could possibly forget legendary games like the 5-1 against Sunderland or the 4-4 with Arsenal?
Jonás’ goal against West Ham will forever give the Geordie nation goosebumps when re-watched and could possibly serve as the most defining memory of the duo’s time here.