Buffon is Europe's most loyal player - but who joins him in the top 10?

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The Old Lady’s old man: Gianluigi Buffon
The Old Lady’s old man: Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon tops the list for the longest-serving players at one club currently playing in Europe – for now anyway.

The 40-year-old bowed out of Champions League football last week with a red card for Juventus against Real Madrid but will at least celebrate a seventh Serie A title in a row as he prepares to retire.

Buffon can claim a 17-season unbroken stint with The Old Lady, more than 500 League games and 650 matches in all as the CIES Football Observatory published the top list of loyal players in the big five European Leagues.

The 6ft 3in 2006 World Cup winner edges out Sergio Pellissier of Chievo who has chalked up 16 and half successive seasons with the Italian club.


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In joint third place, Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and Dortmund veteran Roman Weidenfaller.

The longest-serving Premier League player is Swansea’s Leon Britton who along with Laurent Pionnier (Montpellier) and Daniele De Rossi (Roma) have chalked up 15 and a half seasons with their clubs.

Lionel Messi – 14 years with Barca, Sergio Ramos – 13 years with Real Madrid and Giorgio Chiellini – 13 years a Juventus legend – also feature in the top 15.

Other high-ranking Premier League players

14 seasons: Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)

12 and a half: Mark Noble (West Ham)

12: Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

11: Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka (Everton), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Angel Rangel (Swansea), Chris Brunt, James Morrison (West Brom).

10: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal). Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), James Collins (West Ham).

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