Study shows Maguire is no.1 in world football

Thursday 31 December 2020 15:56

Harry Maguire spent more time on the pitch in 2020 than any other elite footballer across the world.

The Manchester United skipper competed for 5,105 minutes throughout the calendar year. It was originally announced on 17 December that Harry topped the chart, following a study conducted by CIES Football Observatory, but we've been crunching the numbers since then and can confirm the England international is still in no.1 place.

The durability and consistency of the centre-back should be applauded and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently admitted that he finds it difficult to leave the defender out because he is always so determined to help the team.

Maguire played 56 games this year as United's lengthy run in all the cup competitions, including the Europa League, boosted the numbers for our regular performers.

Manchester City's Ruben Dias is in second spot in the outfield players table, ahead our talismanic midfielder Bruno Fernandes in third, while Celtic's Callum McGregor was fourth.

Harry's defensive partner Victor Lindelof finished the year in 12th and his recent back injury may have prevented him from finishing in the top 10.

In terms of goalkeepers, Marcelo Lomba of Internacional came out on top but his tally of 5,088 minutes was still below Maguire's figure.

The top four in the keepers table are all based in the Brazilian league but, when it comes to outfield action, it was the Premier League that dominated.