Top 20 Greatest One-Club Footballers In History

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 | 0

With all the money been invested in football the loyality word has gone out of the window, well lets just say from “transfer window”. Multi-million pound wages, endorsements and glamour has taken so much away from the beautiful game. Now we get top promising players who stop developing once the get the feeling of millions in their accounts, celebrity lifestyle is too much for some of the younger players. So loyality to the first club is a rarity now.

So considering all that we at tsmplug are going to take a look at 20 of the greatest one-club footballers in the modern history.

Ryan Giggs greatest one-club men1. Ryan Giggs

Manchester United (1987-present)

One of the greatest Manchester United player, Ryan Giggs tearing defenses apart for 3 decads. He has most united appearences than any other player, the most decorated player in the history of english football. Giggs is class and the fact he is still going strong into his 40’s is even more remarkable. Teams like Inter Milan and Barcelona approached in the early 2000’s but he is one club man and will end his career at United.

Paolo Maldini greatest one club man2. Paulo Maldini

AC Milan (1985-2009)

Probably the greatest defender in the history of football, Maldini spent 24 successful years at Milan. He won every trophy possible plus 2006 world cup for Italy. He made around 900 appearances for Milan and won mutliple european titles and many domestic cups and league.

francesco totti salary 20143. Francesco Totti

AS Roma (1992-present)

Totti has made around 700 appearences for AS Roma and is icon of the team since very young age. He was the main player for Fabio Cappelo Roma which won the Serie A title back in 2002. Tottis is still going strong and is captain of the team.

Matthew Le Tissier one club man4. Matthew Le Tissier

Southampton (1986-2002)

Ever watched tape of the greatest goals in premier league ? Matt Le Tissier comes a few times in the top 10 best goals ever scored in premier league.  Le Tissier scored 210 goals for Southampton in his 16 year career with 540 appearances to his name.


Tony Adams5. Tony Adams

Arsenal (1983-2002)

Adams spent 19 years at highbury, A time which saw many ups and downs but Adams managed to put his name in the histoty book making near to 700 appearences for Arsenal plus winning a few league titles.

Carles Puyol6. Carles Puyol

FC Barcelona (1996-present)

Intergral part of most success Barcelona side in last decade Puyol made around 400 appearences and will be retiring at the end of 2013-14 season. He won three champions league titles and 6 league titles with high success Barcelona side.

Xavi Hernandez Salary 20147. Xavi Hernandez

FC Barcelona (1997-present)

Another Barca player who peaked in probably the greatest Barcelona side ever, Xavi came into the senior barcelona side back 1999 season but he really started to be a regular in 2004-05 season and from than on never looked back. Many credit him for the form of Messi and Iniesta.


Franco Baresi8. Franco Baresi

AC Milan (1977-1997)

One more Italian wall, Baresi was the greatest Italian defender and played for AC Milan from 1977 to 1997, had a big impact of Paolo Maldini career. Three european cups and 6 serie a titles in his 20 years of career making more than 700 appearences is somthing you won’t get in this dying age.

Steven Gerrard Salary9. Steven Gerrard

Liverpool (1998-present)

One of the greatest premier league player to have not won the league title, Gerrard is a red through and through, resisted temptation of moving to Real Madrid and than chelsea at the peak of his career and now in 2013-14 season he might finaly win the league title. To date he has made 480 appearences for Liverpool and have couple of seasons under his belt at top level.


Thomas Schaaf10. Thomas Schaaf

Werder Bremen (1978-1995)

Now here is one-club man in true sense, Schaaf started his career with Bremen back in 1978 and played for 18 years making almost 550 appearences and won two bundesliga titles, and in 1999 he became the head coach of Werder Bremen and guided them to bundesliga title

Rogerio Ceni11. Rogerio Ceni

Sao Paulo (1992-present)

The great Brazilian goalscoring keeper, who won the world cup with Brazil and played over 900 games for sao paulo from 1992 to 2013. He is a legend in his own right as not only he is a world class keeper he is pretty good at taking freekicks and penalties.


Gary Neville12. Gary Neville

Manchester United (1992–2011)

One off the “golden generation” memeber, came through united academy and captained United in the his last couple of seasons. He played a few great seasons under sir alex with David Beckham on the right midfield. More than 600 appearences for United.


Messi richest football player in the world13. Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona (2004-present)

Yeah I know he is still young and might transfer to some other club, but boy he has already achieved so much with Barcelona that it seems he has been playing for ages. Three champions league title (2 technichaly) 5 La Liga titles and countless other domestic cups at the age of just 27, If he spend rest of his career at Barcelona he will surel top the list of greatest one-club men.


Sir Trevor Brooking14. Sir Trevor Brooking

West Ham United (1967–1984)

Spent entire career at West Ham scoring 88 goals in 530 appearences, he was also part of England setup.  He managed West ham on two brief occassions.


Iker Casillas Salary15. Iker Casillas

Real Madrid (1998-present)

One of the most iconic keeper in the world, has been part of Real madrid since very young age, wont 2 Champions League titles and seen real madrid go through ups and downs in last two decades.

Jamie Carragher16. Jamie Carragher

Liverpool (1997-2013)

Player more than 500 games for Liverpool, was key player alongside Steven Gerrard in the 2000’s. 16 year career of Jaimi Carragher came to and end without the league title but he did have some european glory and domestic cup success.


Bastian Schweinsteiger#17. Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich (2002-present)

German international came throug Bayern Munich youth academy and now a big part player under pep guardiola. Schweinsteiger has already notched up over 300 appearences for Bayern with winning 7 league titles, 6 league cups and 1 UEFA Champions League.

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