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One-club footballers: All-time XI

Giggs and Scholes have spent their careers at Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
Giggs and Scholes have spent their careers at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

A team made up of the most loyal players ever to have played in world football is likely to have some big names in.

This list is no difference, although some of the names might not be as well known as others.

Goalkeeper: Rogerio Ceni | Sao Paulo

Ceni has played over 1000 games for Sao Paulo and has managed to do what no other goalkeeper has - score over 100 goals! Ceni scores the majority of his goals from penalties and free-kicks and, while that isn't his main job, his goals have certainly helped his lifelong team.

Right-back: Gary Neville | Manchester United

Neville was one of the main faces of United over the course of his 19-year stay. He was one of the reasons they won so many Premier League titles, while he also played a key role in the 1999 Champions League final triumph. Unlike his brother Phil, Gary stayed at United for his whole career.

Centre-back: Jamie Carragher | Liverpool

Carragher has announced he will finally end his career at the end of this season and, after starting his career at Liverpool, he will end it there as well. He was a rock at the back for the Reds, helping them to many domestic cups and the 2005 Champions League title.

Centre-back: Tony Adams | Arsenal

Adams was the leader at Highbury, leading the Gunners to many trophies, including their 2002 Premier League and FA Cup double. Since he retired, after that double winning season, Arsenal have sorely missed that type of leader and the character traits he showed during his 19-year stay, making him a fan's favourite.

Left-back: Paolo Maldini | AC Milan

Maldini is the definition of a one-club man. He played at Milan for an incredible 25 years, winning a host of trophies along the way. He was the base of all good things at the San Siro, even managing to deal with the younger players towards the end of his career.

Right-wing: Tom Finney | Preston North End

Finney was the fan's favourite at Deepdale during his 14-year stint there. That does not sound like a particularly long time, but in those days it was an eternity. He led the line superbly well during his 433 league appearances for the club and was knighted for his contribution to the sport in 1998 at the age of 76.

Centre-midfield: Steven Gerrard | Liverpool

From old to new, Gerrard has been the face of Liverpool throughout his career and through their ups and downs. He is still playing at such a high level for the Reds, even after 15 long and hard years, and still manages to make the England team.

Centre-midfield: Paul Scholes | Manchester United

Scholes retired back in 2011 but soon decided he couldn't get enough of the game, rejoining his only club Manchester United later that season. He had been a fixture in the Old Trafford side's line-up until very recently and is now getting occasional games when the fixture list is clogged up. He still hasn't lost his skill though.

Left-wing: Ryan Giggs | Manchester United

Giggs doesn't cease to amaze; playing for 23 years for the same team at the highest level, scoring a goal in every Premier League season and still making the champion-elect's first team - and all whilst approaching his 40th birthday. Dedication.

Striker: Matt Le Tissier | Southampton

Le Tissier is the Saints' hero - and will always be. He is the second highest ever scorer for the south-coast club and spent his entire career there, despite considerable interest from other clubs such as Tottenham and Chelsea. Arguably his most notable trait was his ability to score penalties, converting a massive 47 out of the 48 he stepped up to take - talk about being accurate and composed.

Striker: Nat Lofthouse | Bolton Wanderers

Lofthouse plied his trade for Bolton from 1946 to 1960. He will always be a hero in the eyes of the Bolton fans, and still has one of the greatest goals-per-game ratio of any player to have represented England.

These players have all stayed loyal to their clubs, but are there any others who should have made the XI? If so, please comment below.

 

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