New figures show that Harry Maguire has played more minutes than any other professional footballer 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.
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.
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.
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.