‘Loyal FC’

It is a rarity to see a player stay at a club for their whole career in this day and age, but when they do they tend to boast incredible statistics and records if they have made it into the European elite and adapted their game throughout their careers. Here are 10 ‘One Club Men’ with some fantastic trophy cabinets and individual awards.

10 – Rogerio Ceni – Sao Paulo (1152 appearances)

Ceni is the most capped player for any team in history. Over his career, he has won 17 major titles with the Brazilian giants and was capped 33 times between 1997-2006. What makes Ceni unique, is that he is the penalty and free kick taker for Sao Paulo and has scored over 100 goals for them.

9 – Tony Adams – Arsenal (672 appearances)

‘Mr Arsenal’ as he was fondly known, considered one of the greatest English centre-backs of all time and boasted an impressive trophy return with Arsenal. His statue was unveiled at the Emirates in December 2011, alongside Herbert Chapman and Thierry Henry. He played over 25 league games in 14 of his 18 seasons at Arsenal and was made captain at the age of just 21.

8 – Francesco Totti – Roma (774 appearances and counting)

Over his 23 year career, Totti has scored 307 goals. At no surprise, he is their number-one goalscorer and most capped player in the club’s history. He has won the Oscar Del Calcio a record 11 times, 5 Italian footballer of the year awards and 2 Serie A footballer of the year awards. A 2006 World Cup winner and Euro 2000 finalist, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments. The press refers to him as Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator), Er Pupone (The Big Baby), Il Re di Roma (The King of Rome) and Il Bimbo d’Oro (The Golden Boy). He is currently the active top scorer in Serie A with 235 goals.

7 – Jamie Carragher – Liverpool (737 appearances)

Liverpool’s vice-captain for 10 years, and is the club’s second-longest ever serving player. Carragher has won 2 FA Cups, 2 Community Shields, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup and 2 Super Cups. During his career he also won 38 England caps, representing the national team at the 2004 European Championships and both 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cups.

6 – Paul Scholes – Manchester United (718 appearances)

Deemed as the best long passer ever to grace the game. Zidane famously said to a journalist when asked what it was like to be the best player in the world, ‘Ask Paul Scholes’. Another man with a fantastic CV boasting Treble-winning success in the 1998–99 season, 11 Premier League, 3 FA Cup and 2 UEFA Champions League winners medals. 66 caps for England is fairly low as he retired to concentrate on United in 2004.

5- Xavi Hernandez – FC Barcelona (767 appearances)

Considered an all-time great in the central of midfield, Xavi has had an incredible career with Barcelona winning everything there is to offer. 8 La Liga titles, 3 Copa del Rey’s and 4 Champions Leagues are just some of the titles he won with Barcelona. Individually he is the most capped player for Barcelona of all time and their highest Champions League representative. He’s also won the World Cup and 2 European Championships with Spain.

4 – John Terry – Chelsea (712 appearances)

Captain, Leader, Legend as he is known by the Chelsea fans. They have great fondness for the sometimes controversial Terry due to his loyalty and commitment to Chelsea. Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2009.As well as individual awards he has led his team to 3 Premier League trophies, 4 FA Cups, 2 Carling Cups and that all elusive Champions League trophy in 2012.

3 – Paolo Maldini – AC Milan (902 appearances)

He operated anywhere across the back four and had great ability with his left or right foot. He spent all 25 seasons of his career at Milan before retiring at the age of 41 as a legend and icon at Milan. During that period, he won 26 trophies with Milan: the Champions League five times, as well as seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppe Italiane, five European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup. He played for 14 years for the Italian national team, making his debut in 1988 before retiring in 2002 with 126 caps, a record which was only bettered by Cannavaro in 2009, and Buffon in 2013.

2 – Steven Gerrard – Liverpool (710 appearances)

An icon to all Liverpool fans and Premier League fans. There is no doubt Gerrard is one of the best players ever to grace the league. A loyal one at that too. He was honored as the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or Bronze Award. He has been featured in the UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA World XI three times, and was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2006 and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009. He is, to date, the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final.

1 – Ryan Giggs – Manchester United (963 appearances)

The ultimate 1 club man. Many say that part of the reason for his success was because he had no commitment to international football so he could fully focus on his club. He played every single Premier League season and scored in every 1 apart from his last season when he announced his retirement. Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history. He also holds the club record for competitive appearances. During his time at United, he won 13 Premier League winner’s medals, four FA Cup winner’s medals, three League Cup winner’s medals and two Champions League winner’s medals. He has two runner-up medals from the Champions League, three FA Cup finals and two League Cup finals, as well as being part of the team five times when it finished second in the Premier League.

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