A number of players stayed loyal to their clubs for most of their career, and as Totti and Giggs never played at any other club as a senior player. We have taken a look around and found some players that are up there in loyalty with those mentioned above.
Daniele De Rossi is one following in the footsteps of Totti, at 35 he is still playing for his only club, and so far made 450 league appearances and scored 42 goals. He has also played 117 times for Italy which stands out and phenomenal.
Igor Akinfeev made his debut as a 17 year old back in 2002, and at the age of 18 he made his debut at full international level against Norway. The now 32 year old goalkeeper has stayed loyal to CSKA Moscow and so far completed 414 league games and has 111 full caps to his name.
At St Etienne you have a player named Loic Perrin. A central defender, only capped at U.21 level for France, but still been a great servant for his only club. The 33 year old has since 2003 played 344 league games.
German international Thomas Muller is also one to rate highly. He’s been with Bayern Munich since joining as far back as 2000 from TSV Pahl. The 29 year old has in the past 10 years been one of the most successful players in Germany, winning almost all possible titles including the World Cup in 2014. Capped 100 times and so far completed 344 league games for Bayern Munich.
There are also a few in English football to talk about. Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, still only 24 years of age, but one to rate for his loyalty. So far 179 league games and 12 goals. Been a bit in and out of the team, but still, performing everytime.
One who is still sailing towards such a possible legend status is Marcus Rashford, only, so far been representing Manchester United. He is just 21, few might think of that, and so far 98 league games and 25 goals. 31 caps for England and 6 goals, not bad at all.
You would also rate Mark Noble highley, but the West Ham midfielder has been out on loan during his career, playing for both Hull City and Ipswich Town, the same can be said about Harry Kane and of course John Terry, who both spent time on loan somewhere and in Terry’s case he finished off at Aston Villa.
Leicester City midfielder Andy King is also one to rate highly, but he messed up his status by joining Swansea on loan last season.
Of course we should not forget Lionel Messi, who surely makes the list, and he has to be seen as one club men, despite being signed at a young age from Newel Old Boys, so of course we will have Messi in the list.
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