Players come and go in the transfer market. Some stay for a few years, while others leave after one season. But for a select few, they want to spend their whole footballing careers at one club.
Here are five of the most loyal players who currently still play.
5. John Terry | Chelsea
Since establishing himself in the Chelsea first team in 2000/01 season, John Terry has become one of England’s finest centre-backs. He turned into a fine defender for both club and country and has thrown his body into all kinds of tackles.
He joined the Blues at a young age and has got though some tough times in his Chelsea career. Although he may not be the star Chelsea and England have been looking at recently, that hasn’t forced the defender away from Stamford Bridge.
He has had an impact in English football and in the Premier League, from scoring goals to making the most vital of challenges.
4. Carles Puyol | Barcelona
Without a doubt, Carles Puyol is one of the world’s greatest defenders. After climbing the Barcelona ranks and into the first team in 1999, Puyol has progressed over the years to make him a valuable player to Barca. He has now made over 500 appearances for the club, and this number doesn’t look like it’s going to stop. He may not be a goal threat, but he certainly has plenty of knowledge and skill in the back-line.
3. Paul Scholes | Manchester United
Paul Scholes certainly has a powerful foot on him. The Ginger Prince has been smashing in the goals for Manchester United since the early 90s, and has made 700 appearances for United.
The player took a break from life at Old Trafford in 2011 before making a massive return to the squad a year later. He didn’t leave for another club, or for a pay rise, he simply left because of retirement. He made a comeback for the same team, after the club realised that no player of Scholes’ calibre is too old to make an impact in games.
2. Steven Gerrard | Liverpool
This English talisman hasn’t attracted much attention from other clubs. Not because he isn’t great, but due to the fact that he has devoted his loyalty and heart to Liverpool.
He may have played a considerable less amount of games for his club compared to Scholes, but he has frequently shown his devotion to Liverpool.
Clubs know that the player has no intentions to leave the club, and don’t stand a chance to persuade Liverpool to cash in on the player. He’s currently one of England’s best, and will certainly be a well-remembered name even into his retiring years. Gerrard is simply one of those players who probably play their whole career for one club.
1. Ryan Giggs | Manchester United
Giggs is one of the superlative players Wales have produced. He has provided many wonderful strikes for both club and country. Despite being at the age of 39, he is still as lethal as ever.
Manchester United have managed to get very far with this player. He keeps the squad strong and shows that he has unfinished business at Old Trafford. His success at United hasn’t dipped. The fans and the manger still have faith in him, and he looks set to win a couple more trophies before retirement.
He’s simply one of United’s wisest and recognisable players currently in the squad.
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