West Ham United captain Mark Noble is probably the most sung about unsung hero in the Premier League.
His form for the Hammers in the second half of last season was superb.
Noble’s displays in midfield helped the Hammers end the season strongly, taking 10 points from a possible 12 on their way to a top 10 finish.
Often the go-to scapegoat when things aren’t going well in East London, Noble has been immense.
500 games on horizon for Hammers hero
The midfielder turned 32 on Wednesday and – with a fair wind – should bring up 500 games for his beloved club next season.
Indeed West Ham even cheekily urged Gareth Southgate to call Noble up to the England squad for this summer’s Nations League finals. But unsurprisingly to no avail.
Noble has 56 goals for the Hammers. Most of those have been penalties.
Noble is spot on
His record from the spot has seen him named among some of the biggest names in European football on penalty success rate lists over the years.
But now the Canning Town-born star has made another prestigious European list.
The Hammers legend proudly sits in 10th place on the list of Europe’s most loyal players in the last 15 years.
The list, compiled by Transfermarkt, lists Chievo’s Sergio Pellissier top with nearly 19 years of service to the Italian club where he is still playing as a striker and captain aged 40.
Hammers skipper named alongside Messi and De Rossi
In second place is Roma Royalty and Italian World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi with 16 years and 10 months of service.
Given that the second-placed Roma legend is leaving the club this summer Noble could well find himself near the top of that list when his contract expires in 2023.
The great Lionel Messi (15yrs, 4mths) is three places above Noble in the list with one year on the East Londoner during his time with Barcelona.
Yet another reason for Hammers fans to be proud of their homegrown skipper.
— Green St. Hammers (@GreenStHammers) May 17, 2019