The silent legionnaire: Samir Handanovic is the 10th most capped player in Serie A history!

19.12.2021.  
The silent legionnaire: Samir Handanovic is the 10th most capped player in Serie A history!

Inter smashed Serie A newcomers Salernitana on Friday night 5:0 yet despite five different players scoring and Hakan Calhanoglu got two assists, the night was marked by another Nerazzurri. Samir Handanovic made history as he became the 10th most capped player in Serie A history!


The Sloveninian who is generally underrated and undermentioned by the press outside the Apennines got to his 533rd appearance in the Italian league. Handanovic overtook Enrico Albertosi, also a goalkeeper, to grab the 10th position


Yet the 37-year-old is far from being done when it comes to climbing the all time list, by the end of this season he will climb two spots higher! First overtaking Silvio Piola who had 537 Serie A appearances, then getting better than the man he played 65 games under, Roberto Mancini. The current Italian national team manager had 542 appearances in the league. 


Handanovic is one of four goalkeepers who made the top 10, with Gianluigi Buffon, of course, on top with 658 games! Also, former Nerazzurri Gianluca Pagliuca is at number five with 596 games, and Dino Zoff is just behind with 566 games.


Fellow Inter servant Javier Zanetti is fourth with 615 appearances, all made for the club from Guiseppe Meazza.


Handanovic's 533 appearances are spread out with one coming for Lazio, three for Treviso, 182 for Udinese, and 347 for Inter. Although there are talks of him getting replaced this season as the GK for Inter, with his contract expiring in the summer, the Slovenian did get eight clean sheets in the league already this season and there's no doubt that some Serie A team will pick him up.


Of the players still currently active, Fabio Quaqliarella has a very good chance to break it above Albertosi as the centre-forward is at 515 games at the number 15 spot overall. Goran Pandev isn't far off, as the fellow striker is at the 20th spot with 490 games.



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