Is James Milner the Premier League's answer to Benjamin Button?
As the Aston Villa man gets older, his body gets younger - the same affliction suffered by the title character in the 2008 Brad Pitt vehicle.
How else to explain Milner's election as PFA Young Player of the Year?
By what measure exactly can Milner be considered a young player if he can remember a time when Glee was a state of mind, 'fail' was a verb, and ROFL was a misspelled Australian artist?
It is more than seven years since he became the youngest scorer in Premier League history in a game that featured historical artefacts such as Phil Babb, Jason Wilcox and Paul Okon.
And it's not like he has been inactive since then.
Including his six England caps and staggering 46 U21 outings, Milner has made 374 career appearances for club and country. Not bad for a young 'un.
In fairness to Milner, his competition for the prize was no less grizzled.
Wayne Rooney snagged a nomination, despite winning the Young Player award fully five seasons ago. The 24-year-old Manchester United man is now up to 414 career appearances.
Another former winner, Cesc Fabregas, also found himself on the ballot paper - the Arsenal skipper has only been a fixture for the Gunners for six seasons now. And let's not forget those 48 caps for the best national team in the world. One for the future, clearly.
Joe Hart completed the list - less decorated than the others but a man with 174 club games, 21 U21 caps and one senior cap to his name, and a shoo-in to make the World Cup squad.
Players qualify for the Young Player award if they are 23 or younger at the start of the season. Clearly this limit needs to be raised as three of the last four seasons the main PFA award has been won by a man (child) eligible for the toddlers' prize - Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo (twice).
Like policemen, footballers are getting younger. The days of players peaking around the age of 28 are long gone.
The three best players in the world are 22 (Lionel Messi), 24 (Ronaldo) and 24 (Rooney). Maybe you prefer Andres Iniesta (25), Fernando Torres (26) or Franck Ribery (27)?
Meanwhile, previous Ballon d'Or winners Ronaldinho (30) and even Kaka (28) are considered to be on the downside of their careers.
Only Xavi (30) bucks the trend, and because his game eschews physical power altogether in favour of pinpoint passing.
Intensive youth training and physical development programmes mean players are 'ready' earlier - they can come into teams aged 17 and compete immediately.
But whether this earlier development gives them a long career remains to be seen.
Look at Rooney's 400-plus games. The man has got eight full seasons under his belt - whatever age you are, surely the body must start to show the wear and tear of those miles on the clock?
Ryan Giggs has shown that with the right combination of professionalism, resilience and luck, you can play for nearly 20 years.
But for every Giggs there is a Michael Owen, an Adriano, a Kieron Dyer and an Andriy Shevchenko - players who peaked early but who found the physical or mental strain all too much, and who were shadows of their former selves by the time they reached their late 20s.
Anyway, returning to the Young Player list - ED suggests a limit of 21 at the start of the season and a list of nominees looking something like this:
Ah, screw it. Maybe it's better with Rooney on the list...
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