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Which players have played the most minutes in 2020?

The Manchester United captain has, by some distance, clocked up the most minutes this year ahead of all of his colleagues from around the globe

 
3:08pm on Monday 21st December 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Man Utd's Harry Maguire has played more minutes of professional football than any other player in the world's major leagues in 2020.

The England International joined the Old Trafford side for £80m in the summer of 2019 and has gone on to be named captain under manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

In terms of appearances, he played in every single one of United's 38 Premier League matches last season, and has started every one of their 13 fixtures in the 2020/21 campaign.

Overall, he has accumulated 4745 minutes in 2020, according to CIES Football Observatory.

The player nearest to him is Man City's Ruben Dias, who has played 4344 minutes in 2020 first with Benfica and now in the Premier League with Pep Guardiola's side.

Lionel Messi is in third with 4293 minutes, while Maguire's Man Utd team-mate Bruno Fernandes is fourth with 4164 minutes.

The first player outwith Europe on the list is Ceara left-back Bruno Pachecho who has played 4162 minutes.

Remarkably, Man Utd have three players in the top 10 with Victor Lindelof's 4142 minutes putting him in seventh place.

TOP 10 MOST MINUTES PLAYED IN 2020

Top Leagues

RankPlayerTeamMinutes Played
1.Harry MaguireMan Utd4745
2.Ruben DiasMan City4344
3.Lionel MessiBarcelona4293
4.Bruno FernandesMan Utd4164
5.Bruno PachecoCeara4162
6.Romelu LukakuInter4144
7.Victor LindelofMan Utd4142
8.Raphael VaraneReal Madrid4123
9.Jesus NavasSevilla4110
10.Callum McGregorCeltic4106

Looking at games played rather than just accumulated minutes, Christian Eriksen has featured the most times with 54 appearances. However, he is not in the top 1000 for the amount of minutes played as he regularly is a substitute under Antonio Conte at Inter.

Looking exclusively at goalkeepers, the top 10 has a South American feel, as six of the top 10 ply their trade in Brazil.

The goalkeeper with the most minutes accumulated in 2020 is Internacional's Marcelo Lomba.

TOP 10 MOST MINUTES PLAYED IN 2020 - GOALKEEPERS

Top Leagues

RankPlayerTeamMinutes Played
1.Marcelo LombaInternacional4740
2.Weverton PereiraPalmeiras4728
3.Fernando PrassCeara4620
4.Tiago VolpiSao Paulo4499
5.Lukas HradeckyLeverkusen4410
6.Gianluigi DonnarummaMilan4360
7.Jan OblakAtletico Madrid4290
8.Manuel NeuerBayern4277
9.Vanderlei da SilvaGremio4230
10.Rafael SantosConfianca4216

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