Chelsea and Manchester United stars in Premier League’s top 5 one-club men

Ryan Giggs

After Matthew Le Tissier picked up a special award in Spain, here are five one-club men either playing or coaching in the English top-flight.

Matthew Le Tissier may not have won any silverware during his playing days at Southampton but the one thing the England international was rewarded with was the respect of football fans across the world.

That’s because the Saints stalwart was that most rare of things in football – a one-club man.

The Soccer Saturday pundit played 540 league games for the south coast club, scoring 210 goals along the way during a 16-year playing career that started at The Dell and ended at St Mary’s.

But despite hanging up his boots at Southampton way back in 2002, Le Tissier has not been forgotten, with Athletic Bilbao this week handing the 46-year-old an award for be a one-club man, as reported by Sky Sports.

It got us thinking about the Premier League and some of the one-club players still in and around the English game – here are five of our favourites.

Ledley King – Tottenham Hotspur

The Spurs defender’s long association with the White Hart Lane club began way back in 1996 and went right on through until 2012, when injury forced the highly-rated 34-year-old centre-back to retire.

Winner of just a solitary League Cup, King played 321 games for Tottenham and qualifies for this countdown via the fact he remains with the Whites as a club ambassador.

Leon Osman – Everton

The latest addition to the Match of the Day stable, Osman may have been born in Wigan but his heart has been with Everton since first arriving at Goodison Park as a teenager way back in 1997.

Loan spells at Derby and Carlisle in his younger days aside, the 33-year-old has made 412 appearances for the Merseyside club with the highlight a 2009 appearance in the FA Cup final.

Manuel Pellegrini – Universidad de Chile

Something of a left-field choice, Pellegrini qualifies for the list given the affection he has previously shown for his one and only club as a player – Universidad de Chile.

A centre-back by trade, the Manchester City boss played 451 games for the South American outfit and even went on to manage them for a season, earning promotion to the top-flight in the process.

John Terry – Chelsea

One of the Premier League’s star performers this season also happens to be a candidate for the biggest and best one-club man operating in the English game today.

He may have spent some of his formative years at West Ham and been on loan at Nottingham Forest, but Terry has also played 665 games for Chelsea to date, winning three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League crown. Another Premier League title awaits.

Ryan Giggs – Manchester United

Still on the books at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal’s assistant, Giggs was the last of Manchester United’s famous crop of youngsters to remain at the club.

In total the Welshman made 963 first-team appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 168 goals and won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a further two Champions League titles. Among the most successful one-club men in the history of the game.

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