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Jan Vertonghen celebrates massive career milestone

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Half of a millennium worth of matches played

Jan Vertonghen is only 29 years old and is already celebrating an incredible career milestone. With his start in Belgium’s 8-1 whooping of Estonia in European World Cup qualifiers on Sunday, he reached the 500 career appearances mark as a professional footballer.

The Spurs defender posted this reminiscent Instagram post of every team he’s ever played for:

Jan arrived at White Hart Lane in 2012 after spending first seven years of his pro career in the Netherlands, mainly with Ajax with a season loan to RKC Waaljik (I totally know this off the top of my head and didn’t read it straight from his wikipedia page).

Mix in over 100 caps for the Belgium national team and he’s reached the big 500.

With a little luck, he has several more prime years remaining and should have no problem reaching at least 600 and possibly even 700 before calling it quits. While hopefully there are bigger and better things coming for him and Spurs in the future, it’s been a real treat watching him play over this few years. Congrats, Jan!