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They stuck with a single club for their entire career, often resulting in cult or legendary status amongst their fans.

They are the one club men.

However, with many modern footballers now getting the opportunity to have bumper, career-ending contracts in China, the Middle-East, and America, the likelihood is that we'll see fewer and fewer one club men as the years go on.

So here's a celebration of twenty of our favourite one club men, in no particular order...

No.1 Giacinto Facchetti Internazionale.

The great Italian left back spent 18 years at the San Siro and was part of the “Grande Inter” era.

Giacinto Facchetti



No.2 Piet Keizer Ajax.

The owner of a sweet left foot, Keizer was a left wing genius who was a huge part of the iconic Total Football side of the 1960s and 1970s.  

Piet Keizer



No.3 Ryan Giggs Manchester Utd.

Another brilliant left-winger, his 24 years at Old Trafford were a huge part of the United revival as the Welsh wizard won literally everything there was to win, including 13 (that's thirteen) Premier League titles and two Champions League triumphs.

Ryan Giggs



No.4 Ricardo Bochini Independiente.

Great attacking midfielder who was an idol of Maradona, he played nearly 700 games for “el Rojo”.




No.5 Rogério Ceni São Paulo.

When it comes to one club men, Ceni is the daddy.

A world record 1297 appearances for the same club is one thing, but scoring 131 goals when you’re a goalkeeper is just ridiculous!




No.6 Franco Baresi Milan.

20 years with the Rossoneri from 1977-97, and more than 500 games.

No wonder Milan retired the no.6 shirt in his honour.




No.7 Sepp Maier Bayern Munich.

The legendary keeper is not only a one club man but also holds the record for consecutive Bundesliga matches - 442 from 1966-79.




No.8 Billy Wright Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A great centre-half, he made his debut for Wolves aged 15 in 1939 and played until 1959, missing only 31 matches in the 1950s!




No.9 Francesco Totti Roma.

Francesco Totti could well be one of the last of the truly great one-club-men.

His first match for the Giallorossi was as a 16 year old in March 1993.

And Totti's final match for Roma was as a 40 year old in May 2017!

When it comes to footballers' nicknames most players are lucky if they get just one in their honour, but Totti's time in Rome spawned a whole host of them, so as well as a few standard ones such as "Er Bimbo de Oro" (the Golden Boy), and "Il Capitano" (the Captain), he also had a few relating to The Eternal City itself: "L'Ottavo Re di Roma" (the Eighth King of Rome), and "Il Gladiatore" (the Gladiator).




No.10 Aleksandre Chivadze Dinamo Tbilisi.

Iconic, moustache-owning defender from the 1970s and 80s. Chivadze had a great career with Dinamo Tbilisi, winning the Soviet league title, the Soviet cup, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Soviet Player of the Year award during his thirteen years at the Dinamo Stadium.




No.11 Nílton Santos Botafogo.

One of the world's first great attacking full-backs, Santos made more than 700 appearances in the shirt of "the Lone Star".

Nílton Santos



No.12 Nené Benfica.

The Portuguese striker had a phenomenal 18 year career with Benfica, resulting in ten league titles, seven cups, and more than 350 goals, from 1968 to 1986.




No.13 Paolo Maldini Milan.

An all-time great. 25 seasons with the Rossoneri (1985-09). 902 apps. 647 in Serie A. The number 3 shirt retired in his honour.

When people speak about one club men, Paolo Maldini is always one of the first players to spring to mind.

Paulo Maldini



No.14 Lev Yashin Dynamo Moscow.

 Between the sticks from 1950 to 1970, the Russian legend even played in goals for Dynamo's ice hockey team.

Lev Yashin



No.15 Nat Lofthouse Bolton Wanderers.

Classic English centre-forward, scoring 255 goals for the Trotters in his 14 years at Burnden Park, from 1946 to 1960.




No.16 Carles Puyol Barcelona.

Classic rugged central defender. Fifteen years at Barca, nine of them as captain.   593 appearances, 20 major titles, 6 La Ligas, 3 Champions League. Not a bad career!

Saying that, considering how good Barcelona were during this period, would Puyol have actually wanted to play anywhere else? Being a one club man at the Camp Nou in the 1990s and 2000s is about as good as it gets, playing anywhere else would have been a step down.




No.17 Antonio Rattín Boca Juniors.

Boyhood Boca fan who lived the dream, playing in the blue and gold from 1956 to 1970 and winning 4 league titles along the way. A defensive midfielder, Rattín's tremendous physical presence and great leadership qualities made him a huge idol amongst the Boca fan base, who saw him as one of their own, and a player who epitomised the soul of Boca.




No.18 Berti Vogts Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Quality defender who was one of Borussia's key players during their golden period in the 1970s.




No.19 Sandro Mazzola Inter.

Brilliant attacking midfielder who spent 17 years with the Nerazzurri from 1960-77, winning 4 Serie A titles and 2 European Cups.

Sandro Mazzola



No.20 Matt Le Tissier Southampton.

The attacking midfielder happily stuck with the Saints from 1986-02. A classic example for English one club men - remaining with a provincial club rather than moving to one of the big-money teams.

After finishing as a pro he played for non-league Eastleigh, but we won’t count that.