Some footballers play for a single club their entire lives, while others play for a variety of clubs around the world. We've already compiled a list of the most devoted footballers throughout history. This time, we'll be looking at those who wished to explore the world while playing the lovely game. We'll focus just on players who have played for ten or more clubs during their careers. Some of them were extremely prosperous, while others simply desired to travel to new locations. On that note, let's take a look at the ten players, active or retired, who have represented the most teams.
1. Nicolas Anelka (11 Clubs)
The brilliant Frenchman has played for some of Europe's most prominent clubs, but his struggle to cement his place at any of them has hurt his international prospects. Anelka scored 37 goals for Manchester City, 14 goals for Fenerbahce, and 14 goals for Bolton Wanderers during his most productive years (21 goals). Chelsea was his longest club, and it was there that he spent the last several years of his career. He was a member of the team from 2008 to 2012, scoring 38 goals in that time. Anelka then spent a year in the Chinese football division with Shanghai Shenhua before returning to Europe. He also performed in Mumbai.
2. Robbie Keane (11 Clubs)
Robbie Keane, one of nine players in the Premier League to score for six different clubs, is the competition's 15th highest goalscorer. The former Republic of Ireland captain made his professional debut with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English First Division in 1997-98 before joining Coventry City in the Premier League two years later. After a brief stint in Serie A with Inter Milan, Keane returned to England in 2001, playing for Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool. Following loan spells with Celtic, West Ham United, and Aston Villa, Keane joined the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer before joining ISL side ATK in 2017-18. The Irishman's most productive period was with Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored 122 goals in 306 games throughout nine seasons in various competitions.
3. Zlatan Ibrahomovic (9 Clubs)
Throughout his career, the Swedish striker was a total boss when it came to playing for a variety of clubs. Zlatan played for nine different clubs in total, yet we have to include him on our list. The player began his career with Malmo, a local club. He signed a new contract with AFC Ajax after a brief stint in Sweden. Ibra rose to prominence in the Netherlands before joining Juventus in Serie A. He joined Inter after Calciopoli and won several individual awards. Later came FC Barcelona, then AC Milan, PSG, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, and now he's back at Milano. The most impressive aspect is that Zlatan maintained a high level of performance everywhere he went.
4. Delima Ronaldo (7 Clubs)
Ronaldo was arguably the most lethal striker in football history, as one of the best players of all time. His dribbling was out of this world, and he popularized step-overs and fancy maneuvers by smoothly incorporating them into his game. His finishing and general assault mentality were unrivaled. With Brazil, he won the World Cup twice. Ronaldo transformed the Brazilian team into a dreadful opponent. He won the Ballon d'Or twice and played for a number of the world's most prestigious clubs. He played for PSV Eindhoven before being purchased by Barcelona for a then-record fee of £13.2 million. He shattered the transfer record again when he was bought by Inter Milan for £19.5 million after winning the Copa Del Rey with Barcelona. Even before this move, the Italian giants were interested in him, but Barcelona won the bidding war. He starred with Inter Milan, winning the Euro Cup with them. In 2002, he was signed by Real Madrid for 46 million euros and spent the majority of his time there. He also played for Corinthians in Brazil, and in 2011, he announced his retirement after an 18-year career as a football icon.
5. Luis Figo (4 Clubs)
He is regarded as one of the most talented midfielders of his time. He possessed all of the required abilities, including superb passing and vision, incredible dribbling, and attacking prowess. He was pursued by every club in the league, and as a result, he played for some of the greatest in the business. Figo started his career at Sporting CP, making his league debut on 1 April 1990 during the 1989–90 seaso. He went to Barcelona, where he twice won the La Liga. He moved on to join Real Madrid, where he won the La Liga twice and the Champions League once, on a record transfer that shattered the buyout clause. He also won the Ballon D'Or in 2000, mostly for his efforts to Barcelona, but he did it while wearing the Real Jersey. In 2005, he moved to Inter Milan, where he won four Serie A titles and was named Inter Milan Player of the Year in 2006. At all three clubs, he won seven trophies. That's three incredible runs (four if you consider Sporting CP) at three of the world's most prestigious clubs, all of whom play in Europe's top five divisions.
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