List of footballers with the most official appearances

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This is a list of the 50 footballers who have played the most official[vague] football matches at all age levels. Players in bold are still active.

Updated on 5 June 2019.
Rank Name Position Appearances Goals Seasons Period Teams
1 England Peter Shilton G 1,390[1][2] 1 31 1966–1997 348 Leicester City, 121 Stoke City, 272 Nottingham Forest, 242 Southampton, 211 Derby County, 43 Plymouth Argyle, 2 Bolton Wanderers, 10 Leyton Orient
125 England, 13 England U23
2 Brazil Rogério Ceni G 1,234[3] 129 25 1990–2015 20 Sinop, 1198 São Paulo
16 Brazil
3 Spain Xavi M 1,135[4][5] 138 22 1997–2019 61 Barcelona B, 767 Barcelona, 115 Al Sadd
133 Spain, 6 Spain U23, 25 Spain U21, 6 Spain U20, 10 Spain U18, 10 Spain U17
4 Brazil Roberto Carlos D 1,132+[6] 113+ 21 1991–2011 2015 61+ União São João, 161 Palmeiras, 34 Inter Milan, 527 Real Madrid, 104 Fenerbahçe, 61 Corinthians, 28 Anzhi Makhachkala, 3 Delhi Dynamos
125 Brazil, 23 Brazil Olympic football team, 5 Brazil U20
5 Spain Iker Casillas G 1,119[7] 21 1998–2019 26 Real Madrid C, 4 Real Madrid Castilla, 725 Real Madrid, 156 Porto
167 Spain, 5 Spain U21, 2 Spain U20, 4 Spain U18, 10 Spain U17, 19 Spain U16, 1 Spain U15
6 England Ray Clemence G 1,118[8] 23 1965–1988 50+ Scunthorpe United, 665 Liverpool,[9] 337 Tottenham Hotspur[10]
61 England, 4 England U23
7 Argentina Javier Zanetti D/M 1,114 31 22 1992–2014 33 Talleres RE, 66 Banfield, 858 Inter Milan[11]
145 Argentina, 12 Argentina U23
8 Italy Gianluigi Buffon G 1,101[12] 24 1995– 220 Parma, 656 Juventus, 25 Paris Saint-Germain
176 Italy, 4 Italy U23, 11 Italy U21, 3 Italy U18, 3 Italy U17, 3 Italy U16
9 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings G 1,089 1 23 1963–1986 52 Watford,[13] 590 Tottenham Hotspur[14] 327 Arsenal,[15]
119 Northern Ireland, 1 Northern Ireland U23[16]
10 England Tony Ford D/M 1,082[17] 120 25 1975–2001 490 Grimsby, 9 Sunderland, 135 Stoke, 128 West Bromwich Albion, 7 Bradford City, 91 Scunthorpe United, 116 Mansfield Town, 104 Rochdale
2 England B
11 Brazil Djalma Santos D 1,065 44 23 1947–1970 434 Portuguesa, 501 Palmeiras,[18] 32 Atlético Paranaense
98 Brazil
12 Spain Raúl A 1,063 462 21 1994–2015 8 Real Madrid C, 1 Real Madrid B, 741 Real Madrid, 98 Schalke 04, 61 Al-Sadd, 32 New York Cosmos
102 Spain, 4 Spain Olympic football team, 9 Spain U21, 5 Spain U20, 2 Spain U18
13 Brazil Marcelinho Paraíba M 1,058[19][20] 224+ 27 1992– 16 Campinense, 34 Esporte Clube Paraguaçuense, 16 Santos, 42 Rio Branco Esporte Clube, 188 São Paulo, 21 Olympique de Marseille, 49 Grêmio, 193 Hertha BSC, 22 Trabzonspor, 57 Wolfsburg, 25 Flamengo, 40 Coritiba, 92 Sport Club do Recife, 19 Grêmio Barueri, 45 Boa, 44 Fortaleza, 26 Internacional de Lages, 30 Joinville, 13 Oeste, 4 Ypiranga Futebol Clube, 26 Portuguesa, 39 Treze, 10 Perilima, 5 Brazil
14 England Alan Ball, Jr. M 1,053 222 24 1960–1984 7 Ashton United, 164 Blackpool, 251 Everton,[21] 217 Arsenal,[22] 4 Hellenic, 234 Southampton, 33 Philadelphia Fury,[23] 31 Vancouver Whitecaps,[23] 3 Floreat Athena, 12 Eastern, 17 Bristol Rovers
72 England, 8 England U23
15 England David Seaman G 1,046[24] 22 1982–2004 106 Peterborough Utd, 84 Birmingham City, 175 Queens Park Rangers, 564 Arsenal,[25] 26 Manchester City
75 England, 6 England B, 10 England U21
16 England Frank Lampard M 1,044 315 22 1995–2017 187 West Ham United, 9 Swansea City, 648 Chelsea, 38 Manchester City, 31 New York City FC
106 England, 1 England B, 19 England U21, 5 England U18
17 Italy Paolo Maldini D 1,041[26] 45 25 1984–2009 902 Milan
126 Italy, 1 Italy Olympic football team, 12 Italy U21
18 Wales Ryan Giggs M 1,036 183 24 1990–2014 963 Manchester United,[27]
64 Wales, 4 Great Britain Olympic football team,[28] 1 Wales U21,[29] 3 Wales U18, 1 Wales U16
19 Scotland Graham Alexander D 1,025 107[30] 21 1991–2012 202 Scunthorpe United, 183 Luton Town, 178 Burnley, 421 Preston North End
40 Scotland, 1 Scotland B
20 Northern Ireland Noel Bailie D 1,024 11[30] 22 1989–2011 1013 Linfield,[31][32]
1 Northern Ireland U23,[16] 2 Northern Ireland U21,[33] 1 Northern Ireland U17,[34] 7 Northern Ireland U16[34]
21 England David James G 1,023[35][36] 25 1989–2014 98 Watford, 277 Liverpool, 85 Aston Villa, 102 West Ham, 100 Manchester City, 158 Portsmouth, 84 Bristol City, 19 AFC Bournemouth, 23 ÍBV, 12 Kerala Blasters
53 England, 2 England B, 10 England U21
22 Spain Andoni Zubizarreta G 1,020 19 1980–1999 7 Bilbao Athletic, 239 Athletic Bilbao,[37] 410 Barcelona,[38] 184 Valencia,[39] 126 Spain, 1 Spain Olympic football team, 23 Spain U23, 17 Spain U21, 1 Spain U19, 12 Spain U18
23 Belgium Timmy Simons D/M 1,019 93 24 1994–2018 88 KTH Diest, 71 Lommel, 218 PSV, 110 1. FC Nürnberg, 438 Club Brugge, 94 Belgium
24 Brazil Fábio G 1,016[40][41] 22 1997– 23 União Bandeirante, 16 Atlético Paranaense, 151 Vasco da Gama, 811 Cruzeiro, 5 Brazil U20, 6 Brazil U17
25 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf M 1,016 159 22 1992–2014 90 Ajax, 34 Sampdoria, 159 Real Madrid, 92 Inter Milan,[42] 432 Milan,[43] 81 Botafogo, 87 Netherlands,[44] 1 Netherlands U21,[45] 21 Netherlands U19,[46] 12 Netherlands U17,[47] 6 Netherlands U16,[48] 1 Netherlands U15[49]
26 Japan Yasuhito Endō M 1,009[50] 150 22 1997– 1 Kagoshima Jitsugyō H.S., 20 Yokohama Flügels, 64 Kyoto Purple Sanga, 754 Gamba Osaka, 152 Japan, 7 Japan U23, 11 Japan U20
27 England Ian Callaghan M 1,002+[51] 51+ 22 1960–1982 870 Liverpool, 20 Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 76+ Swansea City, 9+ Canberra City, 2+ Cork United, 0 Sandefjord,[52] 15+ Crewe Alexandra, 4 England, 4 England U23
28 Scotland Tommy Hutchison M 1,000 67 29 1965–1994 68 Alloa Athletic, 165 Blackpool, 359 Coventry City, 25 Seattle Sounders, 46 Manchester City, 92 Burnley, 178 Swansea City, 73 Merthyr Tydfil, 17 Scotland
29 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo A 998[53][54] 707 18 2001– 2 Sporting CP B, 31 Sporting CP, 292 Manchester United, 438 Real Madrid, 43 Juventus, 158 Portugal, 3 Portugal U23, 10 Portugal U21, 5 Portugal U20, 7 Portugal U17, 9 Portugal U15
30 Brazil Romário A 994 772 22 1985–2007 352 Vasco da Gama, 148 PSV, 66 Barcelona, 215 Flamengo, 12 Valencia, 75 Fluminense, 3 Al-Sadd, 26 Miami FC, 4 Adelaide United, 1 America-RJ, 70 Brazil, 8 Brazil Olympic football team, 11 Brazil U20
France Thierry Henry A 994 450 20 1994–2014 19 Monaco B, 141 Monaco, 20 Juventus, 377 Arsenal, 121 Barcelona, 135 New York Red Bulls, 123 France, 6 France U21, 11 France U20, 9 France U19, 13 France U18, 11 France U17, 8 France U16
32 Wales Neville Southall G 993 20 1980–2000 49 Bury, 751[55] Everton, 9 Port Vale, 9 Southend United, 12 Stoke City, 9 Doncaster Rovers, 61 Torquay United, 1 Bradford City, 92 Wales
England Jamie Cureton M 993 353 26 1993– 108 Norwich City, 6 Bournemouth, 198 Bristol Rovers, 127 Reading, 21 Busan IPark, 46 Queens Park Rangers, 32 Swindon Town F.C., 56 Colchester United, 8 Barnsley, 12 Shrewsbury Town, 96 Exeter City, 23 Leyton Orient, 36 Cheltenham Town, 93 Dagenham & Redbridge, 48 Farnborough, 7 Eastleigh, 17 St Albans City, 56 Bishop's Stortford, 3 England U18
34 Germany Lothar Matthäus D/M 987 251 22 1979–2001 222 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 410 Bayern Munich,153 Inter Milan, 23 MetroStars, 150 Germany, 4 Germany B, 15 Germany U21,10 Germany U19
35 Portugal Luís Figo M 984[56] 182 20 1989–2009 163 Sporting CP, 249 Barcelona, 245 Real Madrid, 140 Inter Milan, 127 Portugal, 7 Portugal U21, 12 Portugal U20, 21 Portugal U18, 6 Portugal U17, 15 Portugal U16
36 England Teddy Sheringham A 981 355 25 1983–2008 248 Millwall, 5 Aldershot, 21 Djurgårdens IF, 56 Nottingham Forest, 277 Tottenham Hotspur, 153 Manchester United, 38 Portsmouth, 87 West Ham United, 20 Colchester United, 51 England, 1 England U21
England Neil Redfearn M 981 198 24 1982–2006 41 Bolton Wanderers, 114 Lincoln City, 54 Doncaster Rovers, 65 Crystal Palace, 36 Watford, 74 Oldham Athletic, 338 Barnsley, 33 Charlton Athletic, 21 Bradford City, 31 Wigan Athletic, 46 Halifax Town, 58 Boston United, 9 Rochdale, 61 Scarborough
38 Scotland Asa Hartford M 973 64 24 1967–1991 271 West Bromwich Albion, 321 Manchester City, 3 Nottingham Forest, 98 Everton, 40 Norwich City, 101 Bolton Wanderers, 52 Stockport County, 7 Oldham Athletic, 30 Shrewsbury Town, 50 Scotland
39 Scotland Stuart McCall M 972 84 23 1982–2005 443 Bradford City, 132 Everton, 265 Rangers, 90 Sheffield United, 40 Scotland, 2 Scotland B
Brazil Zé Roberto M 972 92 23 1994–2017 61 Portuguesa, 21 Real Madrid, 24 Flamengo, 150 Bayer Leverkusen, 248 Bayern Munich, 48 Santos, 72 Hamburger SV, 18 Al-Gharafa, 118 Grêmio, 128 Palmeiras, 84 Brazil
41 England Steve Perryman D 968 39 21 1969–1990 866 Tottenham Hotspur, 17 Oxford United, 67 Brentford, 1 England, 17 England U21[57]
42 Czechoslovakia Petr Čech G 963[58][59] 21 1998–2019 30 Chmel Blšany, 42 Sparta Prague, 78 Rennes, 494 Chelsea, 139 Arsenal, 124 Czech Republic, 15 Czech Republic U21, 7 Czech Republic U20, 13 Czech Republic U18, 3 Czech Republic U17, 15 Czech Republic U16, 3 Czech Republic U15
43 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin D 961 48 21 1983–2004 82 Leeds United, 204 Oldham Athletic, 529 Manchester United, 85 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 56 Republic of Ireland, 1 Republic of Ireland B, 1 Republic of Ireland U23, 3 Republic of Ireland U21
44 England Bobby Moore D 960 28 20 1958–1978 646 West Ham, 150 Fulham, 24 San Antonio Thunder, 7 Seattle Sounders, 9 Herning Fremad, 8 Carolina Lightnin', 108 England, 8 England U23
45 Italy Dino Zoff G 957 22 1961–1983 40 Udinese, 134 Mantova, 190 Napoli, 479 Juventus, 112 Italy, 3 Italy U21
Brazil Rivaldo M 957 426 26 1989–2015 48 Paulista, 26 Santa Cruz, 31 Mogi Mirim, 22 Corinthians, 97 Palmeiras, 46 Deportivo La Coruña, 235 Barcelona, 40 Milan, 10 Cruzeiro, 94 Olympiacos, 44 AEK Athens, 77 Bunyodkor, 46 São Paulo, 21 Kabuscorp, 19 São Caetano, 11 Mogi Mirim, 74 Brazil, 7 Brazil U23, 9 Brazil U20
47 Wales Robbie James M 955 161 22 1972–1994 554 Swansea City, 56 Stoke City, 101 Queens Park Rangers, 28 Leicester City, 108 Bradford City, 62 Cardiff City, 47 Wales
48 Scotland Sandy Jardine D 954 46 23 1965–1988 674 Rangers, 238 Hearts, 38 Scotland, 4 Scotland U23
49 England Mick Mills D 953 33 23 1965–1988 744 Ipswich Town, 123 Southampton, 44 Stoke City, 42 England
50 Egypt Essam El Hadary G 951+[60] 2 26 1993– 65+ Damietta, 420 Al Ahly, 37 Sion, 85 Ismaily, 4 Zamalek,[61] 68 Al-Merreikh, 1 Al Ittihad Alexandria, 79 Wadi Degla,[62] 27 Al-Taawoun, 3 Nogoom, 157 Egypt, 5 Egypt U23
England Phil Neal D 951 95 21 1968–1989 187 Northampton Town, 650 Liverpool, 64 Bolton Wanderers, 50 England

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