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The Australian football players with the most transfers in history

August 3, 2017 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Online moving platform Movinga has conducted a study of over 170 football stars around the world, ranking them in order of the players who have relocated the furthest distance throughout their active playing careers. the summer transfer window currently taking place, the study offers a great opportunity to analyse the relocation patterns of players and determine which footballers have moved the furthest distance for the beautiful game. The Footballer Relocation Index offers a compelling insight into the sheer distance that some players have been required to relocate, while others have spent decades playing for the same team.

For the study, Movinga looked into all available transfer data for both active and retired footballers to determine the number of cities, countries and continents that a player has moved to. The Index is then ranked based on the overall distance each footballer has moved. Additionally, other key factors such as the position played, number of club trophies won and total transfer fees were included. From the results, links between the nationalities of the players who’ve moved the most are apparent, as well as number of club trophies won and overall relocation distance.

“At Movinga, we’re all about making relocation easier, so we understand the burden that frequent transfers have on individuals and their families. It’s admirable what these players go through. Only a few lucky footballers have the good fortune to avoid relocation, Lionel Messi for instance, who has played for Barcelona since he was a teen.” Comments Movinga’s MD Finn Age Hänsel.

The study highlighted several interesting findings, with German player Lutz Pfannenstiel relocating the furthest distance of 234,306.12 km. His relocation distance equates to 5.85 times around the world (based on the circumference of the earth) or 60.09% of the way to the moon. Seven players have never had to relocate, putting them at the bottom of the ranking: Francesco Totti, Paolo Maldini, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Rogeiro Ceni,  Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi. Of those, only Messi and Iniesta are active players.

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