Football's ultimate journeyman has been recognised for his globetrotting career which has seen him play for more professional clubs than anyone else.
Former Uruguay international Sebastian Abreu joined his 26th club in December 2017 and now has a Guinness World Records certificate for the Most professional football (soccer) teams played for by an individual.
He has achieved this feat after joining Audax Club Sportivo Italiano in Chile – the latest club of his impressive roster.
El Loco, as he is commonly referred to by fans, has played in a total of 11 countries between 1995 and 2018:
- Defensor (Uruguay), 1995–1996
- San Lorenzo (Argentina), 1996-1998 and 2000-2001 (loan)
- Deportivo La Coruna (Spain), 1998-2004
- Gremio (Brazil), 1998 (loan)
- Estudiantes Tecos (Mexico), 1999-2000 (loan) and 2004 (loan)
- Club Nacional (Uruguay), 2001 (loan), 2004-2005, 2013-2015
- Cruz Azul (Mexico), 2002-2003 (loan)
- America (Mexico), 2003 (loan)
- Dorados de Sinaloa (Mexico), 2005-2006
- Monterrey (Mexico), 2006
- San Luis (Mexico), 2007
- Tigres UANL (Mexico), 2007
- River Plate (Argentina), 2008 (loan) and 2008-2009
- Beitar Jerusalem (Israel), 2008
- Real Sociedad (Spain), 2009 (loan)
- Aris Thessaloniki (Greece), 2009-2010
- Botafogo Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), 2010-2012
- Figueirense (Brazil), 2012 (loan)
- Rosario Central (Argentina), 2013-2014 (loan)
- SD Aucas (Ecuador), 2015 (loan)
- Sol de America (Paraguay), 2016
- Santa Tecla (El Salvador), 2016
- Bangu Atletico Clube (Brazil), 2017
- Central Espanol (Uruguay), 2017
- Puerto Montt (Chile), 2017
- Audax Club Sportivo Italiano (Chile), 2018
Sebastian attributes his various moves around the globe to his quest for opportunity, and the need he felt to develop his skills further as a football player.
Over the course of 23-year career the 41-year-old has also made 70 international appearances for Uruguay including at three Copa America tournaments and two World Cups (Japan/South Korea 2002 and South Africa 2010).
He said his proudest moment was winning the Copa America with Uruguay in 1995 as it was a time he saw the whole nation come together.
As a child, El Loco remembers reading the Guinness World Records books and discovering new facts about the world, and is now honoured to be a part of that antiquity.
Abreu's club, Audax Club Sportivo Italiano, formally presented the veteran striker with his certificate before their Copa Sudamericana clash with Botafogo RJ on Thursday 12 April.
His achievement has also been recoginsed by FIFA who congratulated Abreu on Twitter days after being presented with his certificate.
🇺🇾🇦🇷🇪🇸🇧🇷🇲🇽🇮🇱🇪🇨🇵🇾🇸🇻🇨🇱— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 14, 2018
Sebastian Abreu is a @GWR record-holder, having appeared at 26 clubs in his career!
"I was never trying to break a Guinness World Records title, but the record has made me very happy."
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