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The greatest football journeymen to play for 10 clubs or more

Over the years, so-called football journeymen have received an almost cult status among fans.

We all know ’em, we all love ’em.

So let’s take a look at some of the greatest mercenaries to hop from club-to-club:

Nicolas Anelka


Probably the first name that springs to mind when discussing great journeymen, Nicolas Anelka’s CV boasts some of the very best clubs in world football.

The perceptually bald Frenchman turned out for the likes of PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Man City, Chelsea and Juventus during his ridiculously illustrious career, and finally finished off at Mumbai City.


Andy Cole


One of the most prolific goal scorers to ever grace the English top-flight, Andy Cole’s career saw him top the scoring charts for the likes of Newcastle, Manchester United, Blackburn and Fulham.

He represented 13 clubs during his career, spanning the top-flight and the Football League, but his time at United is the most revered.

Famous for his almost telepathic partnership with Dwight Yorke and his treble success in 1999, Cole remains the Premier League’s third all-time top goalscorer.

Christian Vieri


Perhaps best remembered for his spell at Inter Milan, the powerful Italian striker played for 12 clubs throughout his career, mainly in Italy, but also in Spain and France.

Once considered the finest forward on the continent, Vieri pulled on the shirt for the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Lazio, but it was Internazionale he remained with for the longest.

Six seasons! He almost deserves a medal for such loyalty.



Former Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo was on top of the world at Barcelona in the late 90s.

But he also had notable spells with AC Milan and Olympiacos, but the player who once went down perhaps a little too easy during the 2002 World Cup actually turned out for 14 different clubs across six countries on four continents during his career.

Luca Toni 


A late bloomer, Toni didn’t come into recognition until his time at Palermo, which was already his EIGHTH professional club.

A prolific spell with Fiorentina in the mid-00s followed by an awesome campaign in Italy’s victorious 2006 World Cup saw Toni move to German giants Bayern Munich, but he also represented the likes of Roma, Juventus and Genoa after that, before finally bowing out with Verona last season.

Peter Crouch


Ah, Crouchie.

The wonderfully skillful big-man upfront, well remembered for his fabulous robot celebration in the colours of England, has represented 12 different clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham, and is still going strong.

Crouch became only the 26th player to score 100 goals in the Premier League, and is the oldest player to hit the landmark.

Now happily(?) retired.

Marcus Bent


Perhaps not the most star-studded player on this list, but Marcus Bent was seemingly always an option when a club needed someone reliable.

Never spending longer than three years at the same club, Bent is one of only a few to have scored for six different Premier League clubs; Birmingham, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Ipswich and Wigan.

Marco Borriello


Remember him, West Ham fans?

One of the greatest egos in football, Borriello has turned out for the likes of Roma, Milan, Juventus and countless other Italian sides.

But, according to him, could’ve ended up playing for the likes of Real Madrid or Manchester United.

Still going too, although currently without a club.

Jari Litmanen


Finland gave us Lapland, that scary metal band Lordi and, um, Angry Birds, apparently, and they also gave us this wonderful player.

Litmanen turned out for well known Finnish sides Reipas, HJK, MyPa and Lahti, but rose to stardom with Dutch side Ajax.

He also donned the shirt for the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool and Malmo, among others.

Honourable mentions…

Freddy Adu 


We had to go there.

Probably our favourite ever Football Manager ‘wonderkid’, Adu’s career started with such promise when he burst onto the scene as a 14-year-old (!!!), becoming the youngest player to play in MLS.

Unfortunately, he never quite built on his early promise, and has since become a infamous journeyman, playing for depressingly obscure teams across countries ranging from the United States, Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Serbia and Finland.

Lutz Pfannenstiel


The daddy of all journeymen.

German goalkeeper Pfannenstiel played for 27 (TWENTY SEVEN) clubs on six different continents, but is perhaps best known on these shores for his time at Wimbledon.

Or for once stealing a penguin…