FRANCESCO TOTTI turns 40 years old — and is still going at Roma.
He’s 25 seasons in. He’s only ever played for one club — his boyhood club — but will leave at the end of the season.
His quarter of a century with club is truly staggering, and has rightly been lauded by sporting heroes from around the globe.
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But Totti isn’t the only man to spend over two decades at one club — here are nine others.
Alessandro Costacurta — AC Milan: 1986-2007
Italian is one of three defenders to spend two decades with the Rossoneri — which coincided to create one of football’s greatest-ever backlines.
Costacurta was at the club for real golden era — winning the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions and won Serie A seven times.
He retired at the grand old age of 41, and scored just three goals.
Giuseppe Bergomi — Inter Milan: 1979-1999
Another Italian defender who played his entire career at the San Siro, but this time with Inter.
Bergomi started the 1982 World Cup final at the age of 18 — and the 1999 Champions League quarter-final clashes with Manchester United.
He retired at 36 and his appearance record at Inter was overtaken by Javier Zanetti.
Franco Baresi — Milan: 1977-1997
One of the great defenders in football and the second member of that famous Milan backline.
He played in three World Cups and won the European Cup/Champions League on three occasions.
Baresi staggeringly conceded just 23 goals in the 196 games he was partnered by Paolo Maldini in central defence.
Jack Chartlon — Leeds: 1952-1973
One of the few lists of greatest he actually beats his brother to.
Jack — along with Sir Bobby — won the World Cup with England in 1966.
He won the Second Division and the First Division as well as an FA Cup and was voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 1967.
Lev Yashin — Dinamo Moscow: 1949-1971
Often regarded as the greatest goalkeeper to have ever played the game.
The ‘Black Spider’ was a pioneer in the art of shot-stopping due to his incredible reflexes and was part of the USSR team which won the 1960 European Championship.
Yashin is the only goalkeeper to have picked up the Ballon d’Or — in 1963 — he saved 151 penalties and kept 270 clean sheets.
Fritz Walter — Kaiserslautern: 1937-1959
The German striker was the spearhead of their first-ever World Cup-winning side in 1954 — and netted a staggering 357 goals in 364 during his club career.
Walter was Soviet prisoner after World War II, but a Hungarian guard saw him playing and told them he was not German but from Saar Territory and he was released.
He proceeded to lead Kaiserslautern to two titles as captain, despite contracting malaria.
Rogerio Ceni — Sao Paolo: 1993-2015
Legendary Brazilian goalkeeper took free-kicks and penalties, scoring over 100 goals in his career.
Ceni actually made 20 appearances for Sinop before moving to Sao Paolo.
But he would spend the rest of his 23-year career with the Samba giants — making over 1,200 appearances.
Paolo Maldini — Milan: 1984-2009
A TRUE football legend and third of that superb Rossoneri trio.
Maldini has been there and done it all — and done it all with one club.
Sadly, he is not remembered to fondly by the Milan fans, who booed him on his final appearance for comments made after his side lost the 2005 Champions League final.
Ryan Giggs — Manchester United: 1990-2014
The most decorated player in football history.
Giggs won as staggering 13 Premier League titles — as many as Arsenal who are the third most successful club in English football.
In his later years he adapted his game to rely less on his speed. He also won the Champions League twice — scoring the winning penalty against Chelsea in 2008 when he broke the United appearance record.