Gone are the days when loyalty is commonplace in football. Nowadays, several footballers are only loyal to their pockets. However, in the era of money-influenced decisions by players, some have stuck to the club they love despite advances worth millions of pounds from other clubs.
Issue number 178 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents big-5 league players who have been for the longest consecutive period in the first team squad of their current club.
Francesco Totti heads the overall table. The Italian world champion has been in Roma’s first team squad for 24 consecutive years (since 1993)! At second position is Chelsea’s centre back John Terry (18.5 years), followed by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Caen’s defensive midfielder Nicolas Seube (both 15.5 years).
The average number of consecutive seasons in the employer club of the most loyal player per team varies between 8.6 years in the German Bundesliga and 7.7 years in the French Ligue 1. Olympique de Marseille is a very specific case as the lost loyal players fielded in domestic league games this season are present in the first team squad since 1.5 years only!
Note that only footballers who have participated in domestic league matches during the ongoing season are taken into account.
Read full report here.