The time when players just stuck to one club for their entire career, working their way to the top and retiring a club legend is over, and it really is a sad on the nature of modern day football.
When it comes to loyalty in the game today, there are very few players who are able to pledge their allegiance.
Firstly; players have their heads turned by better clubs, higher wages and, more often than not, the chance to play in the Champions League.
On the other hand, even the most loyal of players are discarded when they are past their best. It’s no fault of the club in such cases. They simply cannot afford to pay high wages to a second string player if they are to compete at the very top.
However, a number of players have managed to stay at a single club for years on end – some even a couple of decades.
Here are current players who have remained loyal to their clubs.
In the summer of 2005, Ramos was purchased by Real Madrid for €27 million, a record for a Spanish defender. Ramos has had 395 appearances with Real Madrid and has scored 55 goals.
Titles with Real Madrid
On 27 May 2008, Pique signed a four-year year contract with Barcelona, with a €5 million buy-out clause. Barcelona paid a £5 million fee for the player. He expressed his joy at re-signing with his boyhood club.
Titles with Barcelona