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Who are the world’s most travelled footballers?

Published on 07/04/2017

With the football season in full swing, top players are not only travelling in their domestic leagues and cups, but internationally to engage in annual continental club competitions and official national team games. The Most Travelled Footballers report provides fascinating insight into the growing amount of travel top footballers have to endure.

The world’s most travelled footballers

A report by Kiwi.com reveals the distances famous footballers travel during their professional careers:

  • Raul is the most travelled footballer of all time and Iker Casillas is the most travelled active player.
  • David Beckham is the most carded retired player per 10,000km travelled, while Luis Suarez is the most carded active footballer.
  • Pele has the best goal to travel ratio, with an incredible 15.92 goals scored per 10,000km travelled
  • Carlos Tevez is the best paid player per kilometre travelled, coming in at EUR 956.83.

The study is composed of two rankings: active footballers and retired players. These present a number of interesting analyses, such as the number of goals a player scores, the number of red cards they receive per 10,000 km travelled, as well as their salary per km travelled. While other footballers could have made the list, the players here were chosen based on number of appearances with a focus mainly on strikers and scoring midfielders, with the exception of two goal keepers.

“We help thousands of fans each year to follow their teams, some of whom travel to every away game,” says Stephen Davis, CMO at Kiwi.com. “It’s interesting to see just how far players have to travel in order to compete at the highest level. On top of this are the millions of miles that fans clock up when they follow their teams across the globe.”

Results: Active Footballers

Contributed by Kiwi.com

The full findings can be found on Kiwi.com’s results page here. The full results breakdown footballers travel into League Travel, National Cup Travel, International Club travel, and National Team Travel. The full methodology is also available on the results page.