Carragher to retire: Top 10 one club men
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher recently announced he is to retire from football at the end of the season - here's a look at 10 of the greatest one club men
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has finally announced his retirement from the game, which will see him end his 17-year stint with the Merseyside club at the end of the season.
The veteran centre-back has risen through the ranks at Anfield, starting off as a youth team player and going on to become one of Liverpool's all time greats.
A footballer who stays at one club all their career is increasingly uncommon in the modern day game, with loyalty seemingly long gone. However, Carragher bucks this trend, having played for Liverpool throughout his career.
Here we look at the top 10 one club men. Do you agree with the selection?
10) Ledley King | Tottenham Hotspur
The Tottenham captain was one of the best English centre-backs of his generation but a long battle with injuries ruined his career and chances of becoming one of the greatest. Despite battle after battle with injuries, King went on to make 264 league appearances for Tottenham, but unfortunately had to call-time on his career in the summer.
9) Jamie Carragher | Liverpool
Carragher typifies what being a footballer should be about. Working his way up from the youth team, Carragher went on to make 496 league appearances for his beloved club. With a few months left of the season, it is almost certain that Carragher will reach the impressive 500 mark.
8) Gary Neville | Manchester United
A captain of the club in his later days, Neville was another player very similar to Carragher, as he successfully worked his way up through the squad and then managed to achieve 400 league appearances for the Red Devils. Injury problems restricted Neville too, and it's hard to tell how many more appearances he would have made had the Sky Sports pundit stayed clear of injury.
7) Paul Scholes | Manchester United
He is labelled as one of the best midfielders ever and not many would argue. Scholes can pick a pass from anywhere on the field and can score goals for fun too. His first stint at United saw him make 467 league appearances before announcing his retirement, but after retiring he couldn't stay away as he then came back and has made a further 30 with the list continuing.
6) Jack Wilshere | Arsenal
I am sure people will complain about this one, but Wilshere has been quoted saying he will never leave this club and I for one believe him. The England international has only made 56 league appearances for Arsenal, but it would be a lot, lot more if he hadn't missed 17 months through injury. Despite only being young and having his whole future ahead of him, I am sure he will stay at Arsenal for the whole of his career.
5) Matthew Le Tissier | Southampton
One of the best attackers of his generation, Le Tissier could do anything with a ball at his feet and he stayed with Southampton throughout his whole career. In his 16 years, he made 443 league appearances for the side and scored 162 goals along the way. A true one-man club footballer.
4) Steven Gerrard | Liverpool
Liverpool's captain and one of their all time legends. Gerrard has had chance after chance to leave the club to join one of Europe's elite, but he has always rejected their approaches. Making 429 league appearances for the club and at the age of 32, he is sure to make many, many more. A true footballing great, especially in Liverpool.
3) Francesco Totti | AS Roma
I thought this guy deserved a special mention. He is Mr. Roma and has shown superb commitment to his club which he has captained for years. He is still playing for the Italian side despite his age of 36, making over 500 appearances for the club and will always be considered a Roma legend.
2) Tony Adams | Arsenal
Captaining the Gunners during their glory days, Adams will never be forgotten in north London for his resilient defending and fantastic leadership skills. He eventually went on to make 504 league appearances for Arsenal, cementing his place as one of the Gunners all time greats.
1) Ryan Giggs | Manchester United
The only man to score in every single Premier League season and like a fine wine, he just gets better with age. He is currently playing in his 23rd season at United and is closing in on 1000 appearances for the club. A true legend no matter what club you support, Giggs is my choice as the finest one club man of all time, but do you agree?
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