With the recent transfer deal seeing Lionel Messi leave Barcelona football club to French Ligue 1′ Paris Saint-Germain. We have decided to collate a list of some current football players who have managed to stay at one club for a long time. (Just before the 2021/2022 season commences)
So here we have a list of 6 current football players who have played longest for their clubs in European football.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
1. Igor Akinfeev – CSKA MOSCOW (18Yrs).
Former Russian goalkeeper and captain, Igor Akinfeev began his professional career in 2003 with CSKA Moscow, after being promoted from the youth ranks. The 34-year-old shot-stopper is a six-time Russian Premier League winner as well as a UEFA Cup winner in 2005.
2. Lionel Messi – FC BARCELONA (17Yrs)
Is there a need for his introduction? Arguably one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi is the live example of a one-club man. He has appearered over 700 times for the Catalan giants and has scored more than 600 goals. He only left the club this summer to PSG ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
3. Giorgio Chiellini – JUVENTUS FC (15Yrs plus)
The 35-year-old Italian defender currently captains both Juventus and Italian National Team. He was signed by Juventus in 2005 from Livorno. Eight times Serie A winner, the defender is an experienced player playing at the highest level of the game. Chiellini has made over 500 appearances for Juventus and has been a key component for the Old Lady for more than 15 years.
4. Sergio Ramos – REAL MADRID (15Yrs pus)
Real Madrid signed Ramos in 2005 from Sevilla. Since then he has made over 650 appearances scoring over a hundred goals. Known as one of the best defenders of this generation, Ramos has also been for his goal-scoring abilities. In recent times, he has been the main penalty taker for Real Madrid. Of course, he’s won everything with Real: La Liga four times; the Champions League four times; the Copa del Rey two times; the FIFA clubs World Cup four times. He only left the club this summer to PSG ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
5. Javi Lopez – ESPANYOL (14Yrs plus)
A product of the youth ranks of Betis, Javi signed for Espanyol in 2007. The Espanyol captain rose through the B team and was promoted to the first team in 2010. He is versatile and has the ability to play as a midfielder as well as a full-back. He has over 250 appearances for the Catalan side.
6. Marcelo – REAL MADRID (14Yrs plus)
The Brazilian full-back has been a familiar name for all football fans but very realize that he has stayed with Real Madrid for so long. He has scored over 30 goals and bagged over 90 assists throughout his stay in Madrid. He has won four La Liga titles, four Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, two Copas, three UEFA Super Cups, and more with Real Madrid.