All European Leagues will return this coming weekend because the dreaded and boring International break is finally over. In Premier League, Manchester United will host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, League leaders Manchester City will be away against West Ham United, Liverpool will also travel to face Watford, and Bournemouth will host Arsenal. Wembley will host the League’s biggest clash between Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea. Today, we want to recognize and celebrate 5 legends who served a single club for more than 19 years.
5. Javier Zanetti- 19 Years (Inter Milan)
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 10, 2015
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti will always has a special place in the history of the club. The legendary full-back represented the club for 19 years from 1995 to 2014. He lifted all trophies available in club level including a treble in 2010 under Jose Mourinho. He currently serves as Director of Football at the club.
Other legends who served a single club for 19 years or more include Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), and Iker Casillas (Real Madrid).
4. Paul Scholes- 20 Years (Man United)
Manchester United has seen many great midfielders over the years. However, according to pundits, no one is better than Paul Scholes. The Legendary central midfielder won 11 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, and 2 UEFA Champions League crown among others. However, it is his vision and range of passing that makes him one of the greatest in the game. He played under Sir Alex Ferguson for 20 years and retired for the second time together with him.
3. Francesco Totti- 24 Years (AS Roma)
📆 | 27 November 2018
👑 | Francesco @Totti
🐺 | Hall of Fame
🆚 | Pre-match Roma-Real Madrid
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) November 15, 2018
AS Roma fans will not forget their longest serving Captain Francesco Totti any time soon. The former winger who could also play as a second center-forward represented the club for 24 years. He never played for another club in his career. He came through the youth system to break into the first team in 1992, he never looked back until the summer of 2017 when he said goodbye.
The legendary midfielder is loved and celebrated in Rome. Some newspapers called him ‘L’Ottavo Re di Roma’ which translates to The Eighth King of Rome. He lifted Serie A, Italian Cup and the Super Cup. He was a key player in 2006 when Italy defeated France to lift the World Cup.