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Maldini, Totti & Giggs: A Look at 6 One-Club Legends in Football History

Arjun Singh Devgan
Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti are widely considered as two of the greatest players in Italian history
Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti are widely considered as two of the greatest players in Italian history / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Football as a sport has seen a number of players achieve legendary status at clubs, though there are very few who choose to remain at one club for their entire career. The amount of money present and the aspiration to win trophies means that players are often tempted to move to greener pastures.

Here, we take a look at six players who ended as their careers as one-club legends.

1. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)

Carlo Ancelotti
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Considered by many to be the greatest defender in the history of the sport, Paolo Maldini spent all 25 years of his professional career at AC Milan - winning numerous professional and individual honours in the process.

The Italian who was capable of playing anywhere in the backline, made a staggering 902 appearances for Milan, leading them to 25 trophies during his career.

2. Francesco Totti (AS Roma)

Francesco Totti
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Nicknamed "Il Capitano", Francesco Totti is AS Roma's greatest ever player, spending his entire career in Rome and helping them win one Serie A title, two Coppa Italia's and two Supercoppa Italiana honours.

The playmaker holds a number of club records, including being their all-time record goalsorer (307) and appearance maker (785).

3. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

Heineken Champions league Trophy Tour 2019 - South Africa
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One of the most decorated footballers of all-time, Ryan Giggs started his Manchester United career in 1990 and stayed at Old Trafford till he decided to hang up his boots in 2014.

The Welshman made 932 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 163 goals, registering 250 assists and winning 35 honours in his career.

4. Paul Scholes (Manchester United)

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Manchester United's English midfielder P / ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Paul Scholes came through the youth academy at Manchester United and is regarded by Xavi, Thierry Henry and other legends as the "best central midfielder" in the world over the past 20 years.

The 46-year-old remained at Old Trafford throughout his career, making 710 appearances, scoring 152 goals, providing 75 assists and winning 27 honours.

5. Carles Puyol (Barcelona)

Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol recives
Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol recives / LLUIS GENE/Getty Images

Carles Puyol will go down as the best captain and one of the greatest defenders in Barcelona's history, with the Spaniard an inspirational figure for the club.

Puyol made 593 appearances for the Catalan giants, playing a key role in all of the 23 trophies he won during his time at the club.

6. Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)

Jamie Carragher
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Jamie Carragher spent his entire professional career with Liverpool, making 737 appearances for the Reds and is the club's second-longest serving player in their history.

The former England international who is now a famous football pundit, won 11 trophies with the Reds and is an icon at Anfield.