The Premier League is considered by many as the most competitive and physically demanding league in world football. Longevity is very difficult in the English top flight, and not many players have managed to feature for long in the League . According to a statistic carried out in 2019 the average age in the premier league is 27.1 which is exactly in the middle of the prime of the majority of footballers.
However, some players have managed to defy the odds to play in the premier league for a very long time, even beyond their primes
Here is the list of the 10 players with the most Premier League appearances -
10. Phil Neville- 505 appearances
Phil Neville takes the tenth ahead of Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand with both players on 504 appearances. The Englishman started his professional career with Manchester United and won 6 Premier League titles in his 11 years stay with the team. He moved to Everton in the 2006/2007 season and spent eight years with the Merseyside club before retiring in the 2012-2013 season. He made 505 appearances in the Premier and scored 9 goals.
9. Jamie Carragher- 508 appearances
Liverpool legend is 9th on the list of players with most appearances in the Premier League. Carragher was a one club man, he spent all his professional career at Liverpool having made his debut in 1994-1995 season. He ended his Premier League career in the 2012/2013 season with 508 appearances scoring 3 goals and 15 assists.
8. Mark Schwarzer - 514 appearances
Former Australian goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer is 8th player with the most Premier League appearances, 514 appearances in career that spanned 20 years. He represented Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester City in the Premier League.
7. Emile Heskey- 516 appearances
Former England international, Emile Heskey is 7th on the list of players with the most appearances in the Premier League with 516 in an 18 years period. He started his senior career with Leicester City in 1994 before moving to Liverpool in 2000, he also represented Birmingham, Wigan and Aston VIlla in the Premier League. He ended his Premier League career with 110 goals and 53 assists.
6. Gary Speed - 535 appearances
Former Wales international, Gary Speed holds the record for the sixth most appearances in the Premier League. The Welshman started his professional career with Leeds United before going on to represent Everton, Newcastle and Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League. He made 535 appearances and registered 44 assists.
5. James Milner- 553 appearances
James Milner is the player with the fifth most appearances in the Premier League with 553 appearances.
Milner made his Premier League debut in 2002 aged 16 before moving to Newcastle in 2004. He spent two years with Aston Villa and moved to Manchester City where he won two Premier League titles in his five years spell. He was signed by Liverpool in 2015 after his contract expired with Manchester City and he added another League title in 2019/2020 season with Liverpool
4. David James- 572 appearances
David James is fourth on the list of the all time Premier League appearances, and the goalkeeper with the most appearances in Premier League with 572. James represented Liverpool, West ham, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Manchester city in the Premier League and he held the record for most Premier league clean sheets before being overtaken by Petr Cech.
3. Frank Lampard- 609 appearances
Lampard is considered one of Chelsea's best ever players and one of the greatest midfielders to have graced the Premier League. Frank Lampard made 609 Premier League appearances in his career. The Chelsea's legend started his professional career with West Ham in 1995 before moving to Chelsea in 2001 where he won 3 League titles and also played for Manchester City in 2014/2015 season. The Englishman holds the record of the most goals by a midfielder in the Premier league and scoring the highest number of goals from outside the box (41), he is also the 5th highest premier league goalscorer of time with 177 goals and the third most assist 102 assists .
2. Ryan Giggs- 632 appearances
Ryan Giggs is widely considered by many as one of the best players in Premier league history. The Welshman is one of the few one club men in English football. The winger made 632 league appearances Manchester United and scored 109 goals. Giggs holds the record for the most assists in the Premier League with 162. He won 13 league titles with Manchester, the most by any player in the English top flight.
1.Gareth Barry- 653 appearances
Barry holds the record for the most Premier League appearances with 653 in 22 seasons for 4 clubs. The Defensive midfielder started his career in 1998 with Aston villa and spent 12 years with the club before moving to Manchester City in 2009, where he won a Premier League and an FA titles. After spending the 2013/2014 at Everton, he signed a three years contract with the Merseyside club before moving to West Bromwich Albion at the end of his contract with Everton in 2017. He ended his Premier League career with 53 goals and 64 assists
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