After Jamie Carragher announced his retirement it was time to check up on the seasoned men of the English Premier League and see how far is Ryan Giggs from everybody, including his Manchester United teammate Paul Scholes in the group of players with the most appearances in the English Premier League.
10 – Mark Schwarzer, 484
The 40 year old Australian goalkeeper first appeared in the Premier League in the 1996-1997 season, appearing 7 times with Middlesbrough. He remained with Boro until the 2007-2008 season, leaving at the end of it to Fulham, where he has been the starting keeper for over four seasons now. He’s never won anything but the football league cup with Boro in 2004, also reaching two UEFA Cup finals with his teams.
9 – Jamie Carragher, 496
At the end of the 2012-2013 season, Carragher will hang his Liverpool jersey and retire from football, after 17 seasons of only playing for one club, never finishing above the second place with the team, but has been part of winning the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League cups. Carragher has scored only 3 league goals in his 496 appearances thus far.
8 – Paul Scholes, 497
Paul Scholes came back from retirement to help Manchester United battle City last season, falling just short of another title on the final day. This season, age seems to be catching up with him, but Scholes has still managed 14 matches and one goal so far, putting him at 107 goals in 497 Premier League matches for United. He has won the Premier League 10 times and the EPL’s player of the month four times.
7 – Phil Neville, 504
Neville played the first half of his career with Manchester United, featuring 263 times with them in the Premier League, usually as a full back. In 2005-2006 he began his Everton career, which has turned him into a defensive midfielder, yet still goals elude him, scoring only 9 goals in 504 appearances. He hasn’t won a single title with Everton to go with his six championships with United.
6 – Sol Campbell, 504
Sol Campbell played for different clubs during his Premier League career. He played eight seasons with Tottenham before a “Judas” move to their biggest rivals, Arsenal, where he won two league titles, playing with the gunners until 2006, when he left to Portsmouth. Campbell made a return to Arsenal in the 2009-2010 season after a forgettable stint with Notts County. He played 7 times for Newcastle in the 2010-2011 season.
5 – Emile Heskey, 510
Heskey is now spending his last days as a footballer scoring goals in Australia with the Newcastle Jets. Heskey has been in the Premier League since 1995, beginning his career with Leicester City before moving on to Liverpool. After his first decade in the league, his tenures with clubs became shorter and departures became more frequent, playing for Birmingham, Wigan and finally Aston Villa, scoring 110 goals in his 510 appearances.
4 – Gary Speed, 535
Speed began his footballing career before the switch from first division to Premier League was made. He played for Leeds United (winning the last title before the EPL inception) and later Everton, Newcastle and Bolton before a drop to the championship with Sheffield United. Speed later became the manager of the Welsh national team, and tragically ended his life on November 27, 2011.
3 – Frank Lampard, 539
Still a very productive player in the EPL, Lampard has scored 10 league goals this season in 17 matches and has more Premier League goals than any other non-striker, currently with 136. He began his EPL career with West Ham, playing six seasons with the Hammers before leaving to Chelsea, where he has spent the last 12 years. He has won three league titles, four FA cups and one Champions League title in his career, all with the blues.
2 – David James, 572
James joined Liverpool from Watford in 1992 to open a new page on the inaugural Premier League season. After Liverpool for seven seasons, James wandered between clubs, playing for Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and finally Portsmouth before dropping down the league ladder to Bristol City. This season he is playing for Bornemouth in League One.
1 – Ryan Giggs, 609
Giggs has been with United his entire footballing career which began in 1990. It’s been 23 years later, and Giggs is still playing rather well between rests, scoring 107 goals in his EPL career thus far. He will go down as one of the most decorated club footballers in history, winning the Premier League 12 times so far, to go with his four FA Cup trophies, four League Cups and two Champions League titles.