Serie A has provided us with some loyal players whose loyalties can never be matched towards their team. Players have kept their faith and supported their club on the good and bad days. These players have maintained their loyalty and dedication and stayed committed to their clubs. So we have sorted the top 5 European players with the most appearances in Serie A.
Here’s the list of Top 5 European players with most appearances in Serie A :
#5. Dino Zoff (Udinese, Mantova, Napoli, Juventus)
Matches – 566 Appearances
The legendary Italian goalkeeper was known for his reflex and aerial abilities and was also kept on the elite list of goalkeepers that includes Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks. Zoff started his career with Udinese, where he played just 4 games before the team got relegated. But in the next season, he helped the team get back on track and helped the team to get back to Serie A. He moved to Mantova after playing four seasons at Udinese. His performances were well noticed by top teams and he was later signed up by Napoli where he spent five seasons before moving to Juventus a staggering eleven seasons, making him come at number five.
#4. Gianluca Pagliuca (UC Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Bologna, Ascoli)
Matches – 596 Appearances
One of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, he started his career off with Sampdoria and was very successful and bagged some trophies as well before moving to Inter Milan and he joined them for a world record fee of £7 million back then. He reached two UEFA Cup Finals with Inter, winning the second one. In the 1999 season, Pagliuca headed back to his hometown team Bologna, but unfortunately, they got relegated and the one season after he moved up to Serie A with Ascoli. On 17th September 2006, he crossed Dino Zoff and claimed the number one spot of most appearances as a goalkeeper. Which brings him in fourth place.
#3. Francesco Totti (AS Roma)
Matches – 618 appearances
Totti is the definition of Loyalty, his ambition and faithfulness to his club proved him to be one of the greatest players ever to grace Serie A. He played his first game back in 1992 since then he has been the backbone of the team. Totti has spent his entire career at Roma, winning a Serie A title, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. He is also the club’s highest goal scorer to date with a whopping 250 goals, also he is the most capped player in the club’s history as well. Thus making him the third player on our list.
#2. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
Matches – 648 Appearances
No doubt he is one of the best defenders of his time. His loyalty is also unmatched just like Totti, Maldini has been forever in AC Milan, spending all of his 25 seasons at only one club. During his time in AC Milan he got his hands on 25 trophies with the club, which includes 5x UEFA Champions League Cups, 7x Serie A titles, 5x Supercoppa Italiana, 4 UEFA Super cups, 1x FIFA Club WC, and 1x Coppa Italia. Maldini has also won a few individual trophies such as the Serie A Defender of the Year and UEFA Best Defender.
#1. Gianluigi Buffon (Parma, Juventus)
Matches – 658 Appearances
Buffon has been one of the most consistent players of this generation, his willpower, sheer determination, and his desire to keep on playing can only be matched by a few. He started his career at Parma at a young age in Serie B and he helped his team in getting promoted to Serie A. They finished runners-up that season, finishing behind Juventus and also securing the Champions League qualifications. During his fourth season at the club, he got his hands on his first European trophy the UEFA Cup, and also won the Coppa Italia by beating Fiorentina. In 2001, Buffon was sold to Juventus for a world record transfer fee, where he committed his entire career playing 536 matches for them. He won 7x Supercoppa Italiana, 6x Coppa Italia, 10x Serie A Title.
|Sl No :||Player’s Name :||Team(s) :||Matches :|
|5.||Dino Zoff||Udinese, Mantova, Napoli, Juventus||566|
|4.||Gianluca Pagliuca||UC Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Bologna, Ascoli||596|
|3.||Francesco Totti||AS Roma||618|
|2.||Paolo Maldini||AC Milan||648|
|1.||Gianluigi Buffon||Parma, Juventus||658|
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