Updated list of ‘one-club men’ around Europe as Messi leaves the throne

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Mark Noble replaces Lionel Messi as currently active longest-serving 'one-club man'

Lionel Messi is no longer an FC Barcelona player.

The Argentine legend whose contract ended in June 2021 was tipped to sign a new deal at the Camp Nou this summer, but structural and financial regulations meant that the negotiations reached a point of no return.

The Blaugrana had to unwillingly part with arguably their greatest player of all time, sending the internet into a complete meltdown.

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Messi’s 21-year stay (including La Masia tenure) at the club ended in less-than-spectacular fashion, a farewell that hardly did justice to the 34-year-old and his legacy wearing Blaugrana colours.

While the internet mourned one of the most well-known ‘one-club men’ leaving the club that he was almost synonymous with, there was an ascension to the throne for the title of the longest-serving ‘one-club man’.

Messi’s departure from Barcelona meant that Mark Noble was now the longest-serving ‘one-club man’ in the top five European leagues – having played in the colours of West Ham for 16 years, making 461 appearances for the East London outfit.

Just as Messi was for Barcelona, Noble is Mr West Ham through and through, having worn claret and blue for as long as some of us can remember – and now the Englishman is a record-breaker in Europe.

Noble now tops a very decorated list of active players who have represented the same club for the entirety of their careers.

Here’s the updated list of currently active ‘one-club men’ in top 5 European leagues –

PlayerClubDebut
Mark NobleWest Ham United2005
Sergio BusquetsBarcelona2008
Thomas MullerBayern Munich2008
Marcel SchmelzerBorussia Dortmund2008
Tony JantschkeBorussia Monchengladbach2008
Iker MuniainAthletic Bilbao2009
KokeAtletico Madrid2009
Hugo MalloCelta Vigo2009
Mario GasparVillarreal2009
Patrick HerrmannBorussia Monchengladbach2009
Sergi RobertoBarcelona2010
Nacho FernandezReal Madrid2011
Via Wikipedia
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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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