List of Modern One Club Footballers in Europe Top Eight Leagues

Today, ZenoxSports brings you a list of modern one club footballers in Europe’s top eight leagues using UEFA coefficient. The criteria for selecting these players is that the players must have spent their entire senior career with the same club, and must never have played for another team even on loan.

1. Daniele De Rossi

Club: AS Roma

First-team appearances: 593

Country: Italy

Seasons played: 18

League: Italian Serie A

As it stands now, AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is the longest-serving active one-club football in Europe’s top leagues. He became the Giallorossi’s longest-serving player following Francesco Totti’s retirement. He is into his 18th campaign in Roma’s first team having made his debut in 2001 under Fabio Capello.

In an interview for his 35th birthday, De Rossi told “Your relationship with your club starts when you’re a kid and for me that was Roma,” it then became my job, but my huge love for the club is certainly still there. I started supporting Roma as a boy and I think my personality led me to support the club with such fervour. My dad always supported Roma but not as fanatically as I have.”

He is nicknamed ‘the eight king of Rome’ and he has won 2 Coppa Italia and 1 Supercoppa Italia with the capital club.

2. Igor Akinfeev

Club: CSKA Moscow

First-team appearances: 565

Country: Russia

Seasons played: 15

League: Russian Premier League

He made his professional debut for CSKA Moscow at the tender age of 16 against FC Krylia Sovetov in 2003. He saved a penalty and also kept a clean sheet in his first game for the club. Akinfeev has kept more clean sheets than any other keeper in Russian football history. He is a member of the Lev Yashin Club. He has won 6 Russian Premier League, 6 Russian Cup, 7 Russian Super Cup and 1 UEFA Cup title.

3. Loïc Perrin

Club: St-Étienne

First-team appearances: 408

Country: France

Seasons played: 15

League: French Ligue 1

List of Modern One Club Footballers in Europe Top Eight Leagues

Loïc Perrin plays as a center back for AS Saint Etienne, where he made his professional debut in August 2003. He made his bout when the Les Verts were in Ligue 2, and has remained with the club ever since. He has been captaining St-Étienne for the last decade. The centre-back received senior call-ups in 2014 and 2015 but, at 32, he’s yet to earn a senior France cap. He has won one French League cup with the club which is also his only major trophy so far.

4. Bruno Soriano

Club: Villarreal

First-team appearances: 415

Country: Spain

Seasons played: 12

League: Spanish La Liga

List of Modern One Club Footballers in Europe Top Eight Leagues

Bruno Soriano came through the ranks at his boyhood club Villarreal. He made his first team bow in the old UEFA Intertoto Cup against NK Maribor in July 2006. He’s a silky central midfielder who makes the game seem effortless. Villarreal’s captain came through the ranks at his boyhood club, where he made his first-team bow in the old UEFA Intertoto Cup in July 2006. Although he missed the entirety of last season with a tibia injury, he has returned to pre-season training. He’s a loyal servant of the club even when the club got relegated in 2012; he refused a £9 million transfer to Valencia. Bruno Soriano is a ball playing defender and has scored more than 25 goals for The Yellow Submarine.

5. Thomas Müller

Club: Bayern München

First-team appearances: 445

Country: Germany

Seasons played: 10

League: German Bundesliga

List of Modern One Club Footballers in Europe Top Eight Leagues

Müller is a product of Bayern’s youth system having joined the club in 2000 at the age of ten. He made his debut in August 2008 and scoring his first goal in a win against Sporting CP the following March. He’s a versatile player, who can play as s midfielder or as a forward. He is known for his positioning, teamwork and stamina, work-rate and his consistency for scoring and creating goals. “I am not always eye-catching but always dangerous,” explained, at 28, Müller has scored 176 goals for Bayern in all competitions. He has won 7 Bundesliga, 4 DFB-Pokal, 5 DFL-Supercup, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern.

6. Yaroslav Rakitskiy

Club: Shakhtar Donetsk

First-team appearances: 310

Country: Ukraine

Seasons played: 10

League: Ukrainian League



Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s father is a miner and the central defender has fittingly spent his entire career with the Pitmen. He’s 29 years old and wears jersey number 44 for Shakhtar Donetsk first team. He had his breakthrough in 2009 after the departure of Dmytro Chygrynskiy for Barcelona and now he is a household name. He made his debut at the age of 20, in a match against Dnister Ovidiopol. He has 7 Ukrainian league, 6 Ukrainian Cup and 7 Ukrainian Supercup titles to his name.

7. James Ward-Prowse

Club: Southampton

First-team appearances: 205

Country: England

Seasons played: 7

League: English Premier League

List of Modern One Club Footballers in Europe Top Eight Leagues

James Ward-Prowse came through the ranks at Southampton’s youth system and made his debut for the club in October 2011. He is primarily a central midfielder but he can be deployed as a right-winger. At 24, the layer has amassed more than 200 appearances in six seasons for the Saints, making him the longest serving player for a single club in the Premier League. Ward-Prowse was raised supporting Saints’ local rivals Portsmouth.

8. Nuno Campos

Club: Nacional

First-team appearances: 81

Country: Portugal

Seasons played: 6

League: Primeira Liga

List of Modern One Club Footballers in Europe Top Eight Leagues

Nuno Vieira Campos is a Portuguese international who plays for C.D. Nacional as a right-back. He is aged 25 and wears jersey number 22 for the club. He’s played just 81 games for C.D. Nacional in 6 seasons, but 35 of those came last season. He is a vital member of the team that clinched the second-division title last season. He’s the longest-serving player in the Portuguese league following the departure of Rui Patrício for Wolves.

N.B: This article is written using the data and Statistics as of July 31, 2018.

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