Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta has played more minutes than any other player in Europe in the last five years but which other stars make top 20?February 4, 2019
But the Spaniard should instead be nicknamed “Iron Lungs” after clocking up more minutes in Europe than any other player over the past five years.
Incredible stats from the CIES Football Observatory claim Azpilicueta has clocked up an incredible 16,099 minutes in 182 matches.
That’s nearly 350 minutes more than second-place Kamil Glik, who has featured for 15,754 minutes at Torino and Monaco.
Danilo Larangeira is third, playing for 15,613 minutes at Udinese and Bologna.
Meanwhile, Valencia captain Dani Parejo is fourth with 15,217 minutes.
While Lionel Messi is fifth, with the striker playing 15,197 minutes for Barcelona.
Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is sixth with 15,174 minutes.
Other Premier League stars include Romelu Lukaku, playing 14,741 minutes at Everton and Manchester United to earn 11th spot.
While Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa, Everton) and Nemanja Matic (Chelsea, Man Utd) also make the top 20.
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