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10 most loyal football players

Updated on October 7, 2013

Paul Scholes

The 38-years midfielder made ​​his debut for Manchester United in 1993 and later became a club legend. He won ten Premier League titles, two European trophies and other awards.

Praised by peers and coaches for his vision, passing and scoring ability, Scholes is one of the young talents who flourished under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. Core group of academy graduates Manchester United played very well in the competition and became the core of the success of the young United to win titles.
Talented midfielder from England is said to be one of the best middle linebacker of his era. Retired in 2011, Scholes back to help stabilise fragile midfield and agreed to stay in one more year.

Carles Puyol

34-years-old Spain central defender has won it all with club and country.

In 1995, he joined La Masia, Barca youth academy system, and in 1999 he made his Barcelona debut. Puyol get the captain's armband in 2004 and is still the captain with pride.
With Barcelona, he has won five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophy to his name.

With Spain, Puyol has won the European Championship twice and also won the World Cup .

Jamie Carragher - Liverpool

Liverpool legend debuted in 1996 at the age of 18.
Rose through the club's youth system and youth players academy from the ranks of reserve, vice-captain Carragher has made more than 700 appearances for the club and is one of the club's longest-serving player.
When asked if he ever considered moving to another club, the central defender was surprised replied: "Who's bigger than Liverpool?"

Lionel Messi - Barcelona

Four-time winner of the Ballon d'Or was brought to La Masia when he was only 13-years old.
He made his Barcelona debut in 2004 under coach Frank Rijkaard. Considered as one of the best players ever, Messi has reached legendary status by winning almost all the awards for Barca and himself.
Messi reportedly turned down a move to Anzhi Makhachkala after the Russian club's bid for £ 205 million release clause that triggered the Argentine players.

Tony Adams - Arsenal

Adams was recruited to Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980.
He made his first team debut in 1983. In 1988, he became captain of Arsenal at the age of 21 and remains the captain of the club for 14 years until his retirement.
Dubbed 'Mr Arsenal, Adams was part of the' famous four ' lined up in the Arsenal defence and is known for the use of the discipline off-side trap.
Arsenal placed a statue of Adamas outside the Emirates Stadium in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the club in 2011, in recognition of outstanding service to the club.

Iker Casillas - Real madrid

Iker Casillas relationship 'with Real Madrid starting from 1990, the same year he started working hard to crawl up through the youth academy until finally getting a role with the first team starting in 1999.
He is the most successful captain in the history of Spain with two European Cup and World Cup. The Spanish goalkeeper has won many titles for Real Madrid and is also regarded as the best goalkeeper ever owned by the Spanish.

Francesco Totti - AS Roma

Totti made ​​his debut at the age of 16 in 1993.
Totti is Gialorossi most played player ever and the club top scorer. 2006 World Cup winner is the captain of the Italian giant and is regarded as the greatest player who ever wore the uniform of AS Roma.
Now at 35, he is under contract until mid-2014, but it was just a formality. Roma and Totti are two sides of the same coin.

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

Liverpool are represented by their two biggest players. Gerrard was selected as the club's greatest players after Kenny Dalglish, 31 years old versatile midfielder could be loved by fans of the club. Gerrard made ​​his debut in 1998 at Anfield and was given the captain's armband in 2003. He led the team to victory in the splashy 2005 Champions League final, where they fell behind by three goals in the first half.
Gerrard has been in demand by the top clubs in Europe but he was never interested in the temptation. Captain in club and country, Gerrard is best described as a true leader and a tireless runner with outstanding vision. His shot from distance is feared around the world and he was a prolific scorer for a midfielder.

Ryan Giggs - Manchester United

Ryan Giggs made ​​his Manchester debut in 1990. Magical, Spectacular, or just. . . Ryan Giggs.
List of adjectives may not be old, not rich enough to describe what a magical Welsh means to the country, Manchester United, for the football itself. And at 38 he's still going strong.
Most played player in the history of Manchester United, the Welsh has won 12 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. Every colleagues, coaches and opponents have admitted. He's got a place in the historical books as one of the best winger ever.

Paolo Maldini - AC Milan

The name 'Maldini' began to be known at the age of 16 Paolo made ​​his debut for Milan in 1985. Similarly like Giggs, it did not take long for Maldini to become indispensable member of the first team squad.
Maldini is a figure that is very adaptable. Is the greatest left-back all the time. In addition to being an exceptional player, he is a wonderful man. He is highly respected by all, even the Inter Milan fans who unveiled a banner showing their respect for him in the last derby game, a rare occurrence.
He is widely regarded as a true leader, and, therefore, nicknamed Il Capitano. During the 25-year long career, he's won the Italian league title 7 and 5 European Cups with AC Milan.

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      Bnice 3 years ago

      Gerrard? Really! Didn't he hand in a transfer request? That's loyalty for you!

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      Kenny A 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @footypundit13 you are right Le Tisser was one loyal guy, same as Javier Zanetti. Both dedicate their career for one club for a long time. The only reason they weren't at the list cause they are not in the same youth team which they serve for years. As you can see the list above are players who stay at the club since their youth........

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      FootyPundit13 4 years ago from London

      I reckon the most loyal player ever was Matt Le Tissier. He was easily good enough to play for a top side and win some trophies, but he's a lifelong Saints fan so stuck with them. Although it's admirable I can't help but feel he wasted his career.