The 25 Players With The Most Appearances Since 2000
In the past 20 years, since the start of the new millenium, there's been an array of incredible footballers but which of them have made the most appearances?
This week Gianluigi Buffon signed a new contract at Juventus, which means the Italian goalkeeper will be playing until he's 44-years-old.
The World Cup winner, who has won pretty much everything in the game apart from the Champions League, has been playing first team football since 1995, when he made his debut for Parma.
Buffon is still going strong, which is unlike a large majority of the list of players to have made most appearances for club and country this millenium, via Transfermarkt, and it's some achievement, but he's not even the goalkeeper with the most appearances.
25. John Arne Riise - 796 games
24. Cesc Fabregas - 800 games
23. Joao Moutinho - 803 games
21. Xabi Alonso - 805 games
=. Samuel Eto'o - 805 games
20. Sergei Ignashevich - 809 games
19. John Terry - 802 games
18. Gareth Barry - 822 games
17. Fernando Torres -824 games
16. Pepe Reina - 830 games
15. Steven Gerrard - 832 games
14. Dirk Kuyt - 840 games
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13. Andres Iniesta - 849 games
12. Sergio Ramos - 858 games
11. Lionel Messi - 860 games
10. Wayne Rooney - 865 games
9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 867 games
7. Dani Alves - 869 games
=. Timmy Simons - 869 games
6. Frank Lampard - 874 games
5. Petr Cech - 879 games
4. Gianluigi Buffon - 922 games
3. Xavi - 950 games
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - 1003 games
1. Iker Casillas - 1039 games
It's no surprise to see Iker Casillas top of the pile considering the former Real Madrid goalkeeper broke records as the youngest player in the Champions League when he first appeared in September 1999.
After that the Spanish keeper became Los Blancos' first choice keeper early this century and played up until two seasons ago, after suffering a heart attack, winning everything in the competition.
It shows Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible fitness that at just 35, and having not made his senior debut until 2002, he is second on the list.
He'll overtake former teammate Casillas next season and by the time he's finished he could be an incredible distance from the former World Cup winning captain.
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