Curry, Brady, Nadal and Messi break barriers: What is the perfect age for an athlete?

The year that is 2022 is making it clear that age is no problem for the elite and great sportsmen and women.

The fact is that they have shown that the line of thinking that people’s physical and competitive level drops after the age of 30 or even 35 is untrue. So, what is really the perfect age for an athlete?

After Rafael Nadal in tennis, we’ve seen Stephen Curry in basketball who has silenced doubting voices. Tom Brady has already done it too and is still active at the age of 44 with the idea of continuing to win titles.

Will Lionel Messi be the next to follow in the footsteps of these three greats if he is able to win the next World Cup this winter?

What is clear is that to continue competing at the highest level past 30 and even 40, nutrition and mental strength are the keys to staying at the top. And Nadal, Curry, Messi and Brady know it.

Rafa Nadal has already won 22 Grand Slams

At 36, Nadal has once again shown that he has no ceiling. The Spanish tennis player has continued to add titles to his list of honours.

In his race to be the greatest tennis player in history, he has left Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic behind, adding two more Grand Slams to his tally with the Australian Open and Roland Garros. In total, he has 22.

Despite the foot problems he is currently competing with, Nadal has managed to achieve something that seemed very difficult in his situation. But his hunger is still intact and so is his tennis. Now he will fight for Wimbledon, as he has announced that he is going to participate.

Curry’s fourth ring and first Finals MVP

Another genius in Steph Curry has also been reborn and added another championship to his list of honours.

His fourth has come with the Golden State Warriors and his latest ring puts him on a par with the other basketball greats. Because in addition to lifting the NBA title, he also achieved something he was missing: being the Finals MVP.

Thus, at 34 years of age and after leaving behind tough ankle injuries, Curry joins the ranks of greats such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan as the only six players to have at least four titles, two regular season MVPs and one Finals MVP.

Messi is only missing a World Cup

But 2022 still has half of its calendar to go and there is a date marked this winter, the World Cup, which could also increase the legend of another sportsman who is making a historic mark: Leo Messi.

The footballer will arrive in Qatar leading an Argentina team that are already among the favourites to lift the trophy.

Should they do it, that would mean that Messi would put the cherry on top of a career full of titles and goals in which he only lacks a World Cup to have the same as Pele and Diego Maradona. Will he achieve it at the age of 35?

Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, will also play in the World Cup with Portugal and will have the opportunity to extend his record.

Brady and the dream of his eighth ring

After that, 2023 will bring more challenges for other greats such as Tom Brady, who at 44 years of age has decided to continue playing for one more season. Will he be able to win his eighth Super Bowl?

A few months ago, the quarterback told Curry what his secret was. And this is how the basketball star remembers it:

“He told me that when he was 30, 35 or 39 years old, he would say to himself, ‘I think I still have two more years. Do everything you can to keep yourself physically and mentally fit. And then you look up and you say that again, and you say it in the next two years. And you’re saying it again,” the Warriors player detailed.