The Premier League is the most exciting league of the past two decades. Unlike other European leagues where one or a maximum of two teams dominate, Premier League has seen six different champions over the past two decades – describing the highly competitive state of English football.
Although the ‘Big Six’ are the ones who maintain their hegemony in the league, Leicester City’s win and the recent arrival of West Ham United are proof that the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world. world at this time.
From classy strikers to phenomenal defenders, from high-quality centre-forwards to keen goalkeepers, the Premier League has seen it all. However, who is the player who plays the most among matches in the tournament?
5. James Milner (569 Games)
The Liverpool centre-back is one of the most iconic players in the Premier League right now. He has played 569 games in the league so far and has won the league with Liverpool once and with Manchester City twice.
Interestingly, he started playing in the league for Leeds United from the 2002/03 season. He was then transferred to Newcastle United. Before moving to Liverpool and becoming an essential part of Jurgen Klopp’s nine famous mistakes, the 35-year-old also played for Aston Villa and Manchester City. If he plays four more games, he will break David James’s record and jump to 4th place.
4. David James (572 Games)
After starting his career at Watford FC, James became a big name while playing for Liverpool. He spent seven years at Anfield before moving to Aston Villa. In total, he appeared in 572 Premier League matches.
The famous goalkeeper also played for West Ham United, Manchester City and Portsmouth before leaving the league after the 2009/10 season. Surprisingly, he did not win a championship despite playing for 18 years in England.
3. Frank Lampard (609 Games)
Lampard He is one of the most effective attacking midfielders in Premier League history and is Chelsea’s top scorer. He actually started his career at West Ham United and spent eight years at city rivals Chelsea. It was the Blues, however, where he became a big name after moving to the club in 2001.
Lampard spent 15 years at Chelsea, where he won the league title three times. Before retiring, he even played for Cityzens for a year. In total, he made 609 Premier League appearances.
2. Ryan Giggs (632 Battles)
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford. Belonging to the famous Ferguson class of ’92, Giggs spent a total of 23 seasons with the Red Devils, where he played 632 Premier League matches for them.
Interestingly, Giggs has won a total of 13 Premier League titles – the most to date of any Premier League player. In addition, he has won 36 trophies with Manchester United, the most by a player for a club. He currently manages the Wales national team.
1. Gareth Barry (653 Games)
The player with the most appearances in Premier League history is Gareth Barry when he made a total of 653 appearances in the competition. The famous Aston Villa midfielder started playing in the league in 1997 at the age of 17.
He then moved to Manchester City and was even transferred to Everton before going to West Bromwich Albion. As of last year he was still playing in the Premier League but since West Bromwich Albion’s relegation in 2021, he now plays in the Championships.
Thus, these are the 5 players who have played the most matches in the Premier League. As James Milner is still playing, it will be interesting to see if he can break Gareth Barry’s record.
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