There are only a few team sports which breed such significant values of devotion and loyalty as football does. The most devoted of footballers are often viewed as the best. Showing up for a solitary club with reliably brilliant on-pitch performance throughout a lengthy timeframe is surely no mean accomplishment.
While the full rundown of loyal players reaches out into the hundreds, the following are ten of the most memorable players to characterize the game while investing significant stretches of time and effort in their football club all through long and storied careers.
10. Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
The former Barcelona captain spent 15 years at the club from 1999 to 2014 and played a total of 593 games in all competitions.
9. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
The former Real Madrid captain spent 16 years at the club from 2005 to 2021 and played a total of 671 games in all competitions.
8. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
One of the goats of football, Messi spent 16 years at Barcelona from 2004 to 2021 and played a total of 778 games in all competitions.
7. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Juventus and Italy captain, Giorgio Chiellini, is still an active player for Juventus. He has spent 17 years at the club, from 2004 to date, and has played a total of 541 games (and counting) in all competitions.
6. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
The World Cup winner spent 17 years playing for Juventus from 2001 to 2018, and he played a total of 656 games in all competitions.
5. Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
One of the greatest midfielders in the history of football, Paul Scholes, spent 19 years playing for Manchester United from 1993 to 2011. He retired from football in 2011 but was later called by then manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and he stayed for one more season from 2012 to 2013. Altogether, he played 718 games in all competitions for Manchester United.
4. Gary Neville (Manchester United)
Former Manchester United player Gary Neville spent 19 years at the club from 1992 to 2011 and played a total of 602 games in all competitions.
3. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
The Manchester United legend spent a staggering 24 years at the club from 1990 to 2014 and played a total of 963 games in all competitions.
2. Francesco Totti (Roma)
This man is often considered the most loyal player in the history of football. The Italian legend spent 25 years playing for Roma from 1992 to 2017 and played a total of 786 games in all competitions.
1. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
Maldini, just like Francesco Totti, spent 25 years at AC Milan from 1984 to 2009 and played a total of 902 games in all competitions.
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