With a Brisbane Roar legend making his landmark 250th appearance last weekend, we take a look back at the Roar’s five most-capped players ever.

See if you can guess the five before taking a look below.

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  1. Henrique: 147 appearances

Henrique, or the ‘Slippery Fish’ as he’s known on-field by most, is an absolute fan favourite in Brisbane. Known mainly for his goal-scoring impact as a super-sub, the diminutive Brazilian has netted 42 goals across 147 A-League appearances in Roar’s orange.

His flashy and dynamic playing style is what initially caught most fans’ attention: though it is his grand final performances that truly raised him to the cult-hero status he now enjoys at the club.

Henrique scored the equaliser and hit the winning penalty in the famous 2011 Grand Final against Central Coast Mariners and sealed another grand final comeback in 2014 when he scored the winner against Western Sydney Wanderers.

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  1. Michael Theo: 159 appearances

Theo was the Roar’s first choice goalkeeper for an eight-season run which encompassed the club’s three championship-winning years. He holds a number of A-League records, including most championships (5), most premierships (4) and most consecutive games without conceding a goal (9). He also boasts an impressive rate of clean sheets kept: 30.2% in all A-League matches.

With Theo out for much of last season with a niggling finger injury, long-time backup Jamie Young made the starting spot his own, winning the 2017/18 A-League Golden Glove. Theo’s contract was not renewed by the Roar at the end of last season: he now concentrates on running his football academy.

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  1. Massimo Murdocca: 162 appearances

One of two Roar foundation players appearing on this list, Massimo Murdocca called Brisbane home for eight highly successful seasons from 2005 to 2013. A high-energy ball-winning midfielder and an under-rated passer, Murdocca played a massive role in Brisbane securing the 2011 and 2012 A-League championships. His best seasons statistically came during these years.

Murdocca returned home to his native Melbourne for the start of the 2013/14 season, signing a two-year deal with Melbourne Heart. Now 34, his career is definitely starting to wind down although he did captain Avondale to their first ever NPL Victoria finals series in 2017. He is currently playing for NPL VIC side Nunawading City FC.

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  1. Thomas Broich: 181 appearances

There isn’t much that needs to be said about Thomas Broich. Arguably the best player to ever grace the A-League, Broich tallied 21 goals across seven very special seasons in Brisbane.

Three A-League Championships. Two Johnny Warren Medals. Three team of the season awards. Two Gary Wilkins Medals. You know the story. Broich is currently spending most of his time back in Germany where he’s getting his coaching badges as well as working as a commentator for BeIN Sports. He’s also splitting some time back in Brisbane as part of his ongoing relationship with NPL Queensland side Brisbane City FC.

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  1. Matt McKay: 250 appearances

The man of the hour. 250 A-League appearances alone (seventh all-time) is no small feat, let alone 250 appearances for the one club. Taking away his brief overseas sabbatical, McKay has been a member of the Roar since the A-League was founded. The undisputed face of the franchise, he’s also been club captain since Craig Moore retired in the 2009/10 season.

He’s led the Roar to two of their three A-League championships and played an important role in the Socceroos’ 2015 AFC Asian Cup triumph. Words don’t do justice for how much McKay means to the Roar. The example he’s set as a leader and consummate professional throughout his career has been faultless. Although he’s hopefully got a few more years left, it’ll be hard to say goodbye once he eventually does decide to hang up the boots.

Appearances are for the A-League only and don’t include AFC Champions League and FFA Cup matches. Stats correct as of 6 November 2018 and are sourced from Ultimate A-League.

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