New figures show that Harry Maguire has played more minutes than any other professional footballer in the world in 2020 – and that includes goalkeepers!
The Manchester United captain has been on the pitch for a total of 4,745 minutes – which is just over 79 hours – this year up until December 17, according to statistics from CIES Football Observatory.
He inches out Man City defender Ruben Dias, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and United team-mate Bruno Fernandes, who make up the top-four of outfield players – yet Maguire has also played five minutes more than the No 1 goalkeeper too, who is Marcelo Lomba of Brazilian club Internacional.
Defender Harry Maguire has played the most minutes of any professional footballer this year
Manchester City centre back Ruben Dias is second on the minutes list of outfield players
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been on the pitch for a total of 4,293 minutes in 2020
The numbers around Maguire’s consistency are astonishing: he has not missed a minute of Premier League football for United since signing from Leicester City for £80m in the summer of 2019.
And since the 2020-21 season started in September, the 27-year-old has missed just two United games – the 2-1 win at PSG in the Champions League and the 3-0 victory at Brighton in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
He also featured in nine Europa League games last season, in a European campaign stretching into August.
For England, he has featured just four times though, after missing September’s internationals and being suspended for one match following his red card against Denmark in October.
Maguire is top of the list, with team-mate Bruno Fernandes fourth on the outfield leaderboard
Maguire’s regular partner at centre back Victor Lindelof (left) is also in the top 10, in seventh
Second on the outfield list is City defender Dias, who was a regular for Benfica before his £64m move in the summer – yet he is still 401 minutes behind Maguire.
Messi is third on the list on 4,293 minutes and Bruno Fernandes, who signed for United in mid-January from Sporting Lisbon, is fourth on 4,164 minutes.
Victor Lindelof is the third United player in the top-10 – he ranks seventh – while other notable names include Romelu Lukaku in sixth, Jesus Navas in ninth and Celtic’s Callum McGregor in 10th.
Interestingly, though Maguire has played in 53 games this year, Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen has appeared in the most matches, on 54.
Christian Eriksen has featured in the most matches in 2020 but is not close in terms of minutes
Internacional’s Marcelo Lomba is top of the goalkeepers list and five minutes behind Maguire
However, the Danish playmaker does not even feature in the top-1,000 for minutes played – he has been a regular substitute for Inter since his move from Tottenham in January.
In terms of goalkeepers, the top-four are all based in Brazil, with the first European-based goalkeeper being Bayer Leverkusen’s Lukas Hradecky in fifth, on 4,410 minutes.
No stoppers from the Premier League feature in the top-10, but AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is sixth, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is seventh and Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer is eighth.
WHO HAS PLAYED THE MOST MINUTES IN 2020?
1) Marcelo Lomba – 4740 mins (SC Internacional)
2) Weverton Pereira – 4728 mins (Palmeiras)
3) Fernando Prass – 4620 mins (Ceara SC)
4) Tiago Volpi – 4499 mins (Sao Paulo)
5) Lukas Hradecky – 4410 mins (Bayer Leverkusen)
6) Gianluigi Donnarumma – 4360 mins (AC Milan)
7) Jan Oblak – 4290 mins (Atletico Madrid)
8) Manuel Neuer – 4277 mins (Bayern Munich)
9) Vanderlei da Silva – 4230 mins (Gremio)
10) Rafael Santos – 4216 mins (AD Confianca)
1) Harry Maguire – 4745 mins (Manchester United)
2) Ruben Dias – 4344 mins (Manchester City)
3) Lionel Messi – 4293 mins (Barcelona)
4) Bruno Fernandes – 4164 mins (Manchester United)
5) Bruno Pacheco – 4162 mins (Ceara SC)
6) Romelu Lukaku – 4144 mins (Inter Milan)
7) Victor Lindelof – 4142 mins (Manchester United)
8) Raphael Varane – 4123 mins (Real Madrid)
9) Jesus Navas – 4110 mins (Sevilla)
10) Callum McGregor – 4106 mins (Celtic)
Source: CIES Football Observatory