Football is the most followed sport in the world.It is watched by billions around the world.This is why football is more than just a sport.While most footballers keep looking for a better club and better contracts, there’s still a few that show their utmost loyalty to just one side throughout their careers.Today we will have a look at some of the ‘Most Loyal Footballers Ever’.
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English defender, Jamie Carragher spent a fruitful career at the heart of the Liverpool defence. Born in Merseyside, the Reds defender played an impressive 737 games for his hometown club between 1996-2013 and is their second highest appearance maker ever.Every Liverpool fan still cherish his great 17 years at the club.
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10.Javier Zanetti(Inter Milan)
While most peoples’ blood is red, Javier Zanetti’s is black and blue. Coming from Argentina in 1995 he joined Inter, fell in love and never left. He made a name for himself as being incredibly hardworking, humble and passionate. This passion drove him for 19 years as a player and as of last season as part of the Inter management to support his club in any way he can. Many superstars have walked into San Siro but there was never a player who got a bigger ovation from the Inter fans than “El Tractor”. Among 5 national championships his biggest win was the Championsl League title in 2010 in his 700th game for Inter.
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9.Alessandro Del Piero(Juventus)
For 19 years he carried the club through thick and thin, through corruption and championships, relegation and Champions League finals Pinturicchio has done it all. He got his nickname from an Italian artist because of his creativity with the ball and ability to handle every situation no matter how hard the pressured him. His unique career is highlighted by almost every record in Juve history and over 17 national and international titles that he helped the Bianconeri win. His name will always live on in the hearts of Juventus fans and club history.
He is no.9 in our list of ‘Most Loyal Footballers Ever’.
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8.Paul Scholes(Man United)
Scholes was most famous for his heart, loyalty, dedication, grit as well as tremendous technique. Paul demonstrated that he just couldn’t leave the Red Devils when he left in 2011 but came back one year later for another season. Respected for his aggressive on-court style, he is said to be one of the gentlest, nicest and most humble persons to ever wear the Manchester United jersey. His legendary status is cemented by over 700 games played for United, 25 trophies won and his introduction into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008. No United fan will ever forget him.
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Xavi is one of the most elegant playmakers to ever grace a football field. When he laces up his boots and steps on the court, magic is about to happen. He was part of a football dynasty in Barcelona alongside players like Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué and Lionel Messi who all benefited from his genius passes, court view and dribbling skills. Joining Barcelona in 1991, he holds the record for most appearances in the Blaugrana uniform and is tied for most Champions Legaue trophies with a total of 4.
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6.Iker Casillas(Real Madrid)
Iker Casillas is one of the greatest goalkeepers to play this beautiful game.Born and raised in Madrid there was never another place where he’d go, Real was always his club so he joined in 1989 when he was 9 years old. 10 years later he debuted with the pros and the rest is history – he won 18 trophies, played among legendary names and backed up some of the best teams to ever step on the field. This year, he announced his departure to Porto, leaving fans crying for their saint. For Real, there will never be a worthy replacement.
This Real Madrid legend is ranked 6th in ‘Most Loyal Footballers Ever’.
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Loyal to the Reds from 1989 until this summer, the midfielder has brought joy to the Anfield Road with both national and international titles. Known for his deadly freekick, his more than impressive intelligence on the field as well as his technique, leading ability and mental strength he broke Liverpool hearts when he announced he’d be heading to the LA Galaxy last year. However, the love from fans will always be his for all the time he left his tears, sweat and blood on the court and in the gym and the titles he brought to the Beatles-town.
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Having joined the Barcelona academy, La Masia, way back in 1995, Carles Puyol went on to lead the Catalan giants to enormous success on the pitch. He won a whopping 21 titles with Barca, including three UEFA Champions Leagues, and was part of the Spain squad that won the European Championship and World Cup in back-to-back tournaments. His 682 appearances cement his place as a true one-club legend.Spanish Legend is 4th in the list of ‘Most Loyal Footballers Ever’.
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3.Ryan Giggs(Man Utd)
If you look up loyalty in the dictionary, don’t be surprised to see a picture of Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs pop up. Part of the legendary Class of ’92, Giggsy went on to spend his whole career with Manchester United, turning out an incredible 963 times and scoring 168 goals. He retired at the ripe old age of 40 and was the last remaining player in the Premier League who had played in the old First Division. His trophy haul is second to none and he’s the most decorated player in English football history.
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2.Francesco Totti(AS Roma)
Francesco Totti is a phenomenon. Coming to the AS Roma when he was only 13 years old, he is the only player on our list who is still active for his club. He got his nickname “Il Capitano”, the captain, during the 1997/98 and has since lead the Giallorossi onto the court. Debuting at age sixteen, he is now 38 years old and has played in over 740 games for Roma, scoring over 290 goals this holding club records in both categories. His biggest accomplishment is the World Championship Trophy Italy won 2006 in Berlin.
Many would argue he deserves the first place in the list of ‘Most Loyal Footballers Ever’ but he is ranked 2nd.
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There can be only one – the Maldini name has been closely linked to the club for decades because of Paolo’s father but when he arrived he completely redefined what loyalty means: 31 is the incredible number of years Milan’s legendary number 3 has worked up and down the left defensive side. He has not only earned his status among the all-time greats to ever play the game because of the impressive longitude of his career but also through being one of the most decorated superstars of all time with 27 titles including 7 national championships, 2 European Cups, 3 Champions League Titles, 1 Italian National Cup trophy and many more.
It concludes our list of ‘Most Loyal Footballers Ever’ ,please let us know your suggestions in the comment box below!