2. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) 24 years
Started in: 1985
Total years: 24
Honors: UEFA Defender of the year, the Serie A defender of the year, the Bravo Award and the World Soccer Player of the Year Award
When it comes to defender, the only player who comes to your mind other than the legendary Franz Beckenbauer is Paolo Maldini. This Italian Centre Back was considered to be a rock at the back, and also, one of the best gentlemen in the world of football (It’s very hard to come across such gentlemen in football). Making 647 appearances for the club, Maldini was also included in the FIFA 100 Living legends and was chosen as a defender in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Dream team.