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Man Utd’s Fernandes plays most minutes in world game, says FIFPRO



Premier League - Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 30, 2023 Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes in action REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes played the most minutes of football among elite players over the past year, the global players’ union (FIFPRO) said on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Fernandes accumulated 6,666 minutes of play in 72 appearances between Sept. 15, 2022, and Sept. 15, 2023, for Portugal and Manchester United.

According to FIFPRO, the midfielder has logged a total of 29,486 minutes since the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Aitana Bonmati of Barcelona has made the most appearances among women’s players since July 2018, with 242 games.

FIFPRO has warned about the workload of professional players.


“Intense workload remains one of the most important issues for players in top-tier competitions,” FIFPRO President David Aganzo said in September.

“While the calendar continues to be expanded, there are just not enough safeguards to protect players’ well-being, performance, and career longevity.”





Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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