Molde Football Club is in his blood. Daniel Berg Hestad is Molde. Besides a short stay at Heerenveen in the Eredivisie, he has spent his entire career playing for Molde.
This year he could become the most-capped player of all-time in the Norwegian top-flight. Former Rosenborg legend Roar Strand currently holds the record with 439 matches, while Berg Hestad has 426.
13 matches should be within reach for the aging midfield-general this season. He is also by a margin the most-capped player for Molde ever, his tally exceeding 700 matches if friendlies are included.
Berg Hestad represents a dying breed - the loyal player. He was born in Molde and not only has he played there for almost all his life, but his father Stein Olav "Laffen" Hestad is also a Molde legend and the second-most capped Molde-player of all time.
Berg Hestad's uncles - Harry Hestad, Jan Berg and Odd Berg - are all Molde legends as well. It doesn't get more Molde than that. It is in his veins.
He has been there for all the great times with Molde. He was there when they won their first Norwegian Cup in 1994 and he was back again when Molde won it for the second time in 2005 and again captaining the team to their latest Cup triumph in 2013.
He was also there when Ole Gunnar Solskaer returned 'home' to Molde and led them to their first Norwegian Premier Division win in 2011, finally beating their arch-rivals Rosenborg for the title.
After all those years coming second to Rosenborg, club man Berg Hestad could finally claim his league title. The following year the team defended the title, still with Solskjaer and guided by their captain and veteran.
Are these kinds of players a dying breed in modern football? I hope not, I hope we can see more Paul Scholes', Ryan Giggs' and Berg Hestad's in the future. Loyalty still lives in the modern game.
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