More than Legends

With the current departures of Fernando Torres, Gigi Buffon, and Andrés Iniesta. These are players, whose paths will never be forgotten. Everyone is sure sad, and bummed out of the situation as these will player will no longer be on these teams. Seeing them grow over the years as athletes, leaders, and individuals, they all have left their mark.

These are players who are leaving a big hole in their teams, as there’s only one of them, with that style of football. Sometime in the next few years, we will see someone like them but never up to the potential these players demonstrated day after day.

Nonetheless, they aren’t the only ones who’ve left a gap in their club’s history as one of the best there ever will be. We take a look at players who’ve made a significant impact on their club’s history. Here are my Top Five players who left their beloved teams.

5- Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

To me, is one of the best goalkeepers there ever was. The Porto keeper has been well in the now crowned Portuguese League, he didn’t get called to Spain’s World Cup Squad, but it doesn’t matter because he is genuinely one of the greatest there ever will be in his position. The Real Madrid legend sure left a gap that Los Blancos will remember. With over 16 years at Real Madrid, he won a total of 18 titles including five La Liga’s Titles, and three UEFA Champions League Titles.

Iker Casillas/ Picture by ESPN

4- Francesco Totti (AS Roma)

The Roman Gladiator was one that could not miss this list, with his incredible talent and leadership on and off the pitch he was sure one that all Roma fans will miss dearly, a player whose midfielder capabilities and his goals were just remarkable. Totti is the top goalscorer and most capped player in Roma’s history. With 25 years of career for the Roman side, and with only one Serie A title to his name on the 2000-01 edition was the only league title that he could achieve. Nonetheless, he won the hearts of many. Il Capitano is one that many miss seeing on the pitch. He currently serves as a club director with Roma.

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Francesco Totti Celebrating a Goal/ Picture by FourFourTwo

3- Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)

Known for his versatility, the Argentine both a fullback and a midfielder won the hearts of many. With 19 years of Internazionale Milano career, being captain for 14 years, he capped over 858 times. He earned a total of 16 trophies with the club including five Serie A Titles, one UEFA Champions League. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding players ever to defend the Inter colors. On retiring, the club retired his number 4 jersey and named him as it’s Vice President.

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Javier Zanetti/ Picture by Daily Mail

2- Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

The Current Wales National Football Coach is one of the most respected players of all time, playing a total of 24 years for Manchester United. Giggs is the most decorated player winning 13 EPL Titles, and two UEFA Champions League titles. capping  a total of 672 times he managed to get on the score 114 times. He is one of the best midfielders there ever was. One who can truly be irreplaceable.

Ryan Giggs/ Picture by BleacherReport

1- Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)

Highly regarded for his humble persona and team ethos, Xavi is viewed as being the embodiment of the tiki-taka passing style of play and is widely considered to be one of the greatest central midfielders of all time. Xavi’s vision, pinpoint accurate passing and world-class ball control allowed him to dictate the flow of play while rarely relinquishing possession. He is also considered by many to be the most significant Spanish player ever. Xavi came through La Masia, the Barcelona youth academy. He is, in fact, one of the most beloved players in the Barcelona fan-base. He currently plays for Qatari club Al-Sadd SC.

Xavi Hernandez/ Picture by FC Barcelona

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