‘Journeyman’ is an expression that gets used often when a footballer who has a had a number of clubs throughout his career, whereas there is also the saying ‘had more clubs than X golfer’.
Of course, transfers are part and parcel of football these days as loyalty or even a one-club player hardly exist these days, with every player appearing to have a price these days.
Perhaps understandably, if a player is at the top of their game throughout their career, then they will likely be wanted by a number of clubs and could potentially move to new surroundings on multiple occasions.
However, there are some individuals that do not appear to have been at a club long enough to even settle down, as a transfer almost appears on the cards every other year where they are concerned.
Indeed, bettors can be the same when they use a sportsbook to place their bets from time to time, as it is extremely important to find the best one available to them in order to maximise their money.
There have been plenty of superstar-talent to have featured for many clubs in the past, but which players have played for the most clubs throughout the years?
Christian Vieri (13 Clubs)
Christian Vieri has had his fair share of different clubs, despite spending the majority of his playing career in Italy. Known as being a rather outspoken forward, perhaps it is no surprise he did not stay at a club for too long – generally a season except for Inter Milan.
He played for Torino, Pisa, Ravenna, Venezia, Atalanta (three times no less), Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan (where he stayed for six years), AC Milan, Monaco, Sampdoria and Fiorentina.
Rivaldo (15 Clubs)
Brazilian legend Rivaldo had 15 clubs to his name, with his passport getting a stamp from all corners of the world in a career that had spanned over 24 years. He played football in six different countries during his career, which were Brazil, Spain, Italy, Greece and two rather obscure nations (in regards to football) in Uzbekistan and Angola.
He played for Santa Cruz, Mogi Mirim (twice), Corinthians, Palmeiras, Deportivo La Coruna, Barcelona, AC Milan, Cruzeiro, Olympiacos, AEK Athens, Bunyodkor, Sao Paolo, Kabuscorp and Sao Caetano.
John Burridge (29 Clubs)
For those who love a piece of trivia and an answer to a potential pub quiz, John Burridge is the man to have played for 29 different football clubs throughout his career. He appeared to move to a different team almost as regular as the months are in a year, with his longest spell at a side being four years when he was on the books at Blackpool.
In fact, after 1992, the goalkeeper had managed to make 21 different moves before he retired in 1997 and made just 29 appearances – ridiculous!
Burridge played for Workington, Blackpool (twice), Aston Villa, Southend United, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County, Sheffield United, Southampton, Newcastle United (three times), Hibernian, Scarborough (twice), Lincoln City, Enfield, Aberdeen, Dunfermline Athletic, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Manchester City, Notts County, Witton Albion, Darlington, Grimsby Town, Gateshead, Northampton Town, Queen of the South, Purfleet and finally Blyth Spartans (twice).
Interestingly, he is still involved in football as a goalkeeping coach at Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters FC. In an interview in 2019, he even stated that he had not retired, although its unlikely a club will come in for him now, surely?
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