Success is another word for winning. When looking at the most successful football clubs in the World, therefore, we are not looking for the Richest Clubs in the World, neither are we looking for the most popular clubs, with the highest number of fans. Furthermore, we are not looking for the clubs with the highest number in terms of stadium attendance, shirt sales, or the biggest array of superstar players.
Football clubs take part in competitions, and the aim of participating in these competitions should be to win. Therefore, by highlighting the most successful clubs in the world, this post is looking at the clubs with the highest number of wins in major club football competitions across the world.
This post is open to clubs from everywhere in the World, even though the oldest leagues are in Europe, and so, quite naturally it follows that the clubs in the oldest leagues should be the same ones with the highest number of trophies in their cabinet. With that said, let us get the ball rolling: below are the Top 10 Most Successful Clubs in the World.
Top 10 Most Successful Football Clubs in the World 2020
1. Al Ahly
With a total of 120 trophies so far Al Ahly of Egypt are the most successful club in the world. They have won the CAF champions league a record 8 times, the CAF Confederations Cup one time, the CAF Super Cup 6 times, African Cup Winners Cup 4 times, Afro Asian Cup 1 time, Arab Cup Winners Cup 1 time, Arab Super Cup 2 times. Al Ahly has also got a bronze medal of the FIFA Club World Cup in their trophy cabinet.
In terms of International titles in their cabinet, Al Ahly is second only to Real Madrid. Locally, they have been champions 41 times, in addition to having won the Egyptian Cup 36 times, and having 10 National Super Cups.
2. Rangers Football Club
With 119 Trophies, Rangers have absolutely dominated Scottish Football for many, many years. Rangers have won more league titles, as well as Trebles more times than any club in the world. They have won the League Title 54 times, the Scottish Cup 33 times, and the Scottish League Cup 27 times, they have won the Treble (all 3 trophies at once) Seven times.
114 Trophies in their trophy cabinet, Nacional is one of the most successful teams from South America. Nacional is 120 years old, a team that has never been relegated from the First Division. Some of their cups include 47 First Division, 8 competition cups, and 7 Honor cups.
108 Trophies in their trophy cabinet One of the toughest soccer clubs in the Uruguayan national soccer league, Peñarol is a really tough team. The club, which has been around for about 128 years, is one of the most successful soccer teams in South America. They have won the Uruguayan First Division 50 times and the Copa Libertadores five times. The team, which is one of the two Uruguayan soccer teams that has never experienced relegation, has won as many as 108 trophies, several of which are recognized by CONMEBOL and FIFA.
5. Celtic Football Club
Celtic have 103 Trophies. They have won the Scottish League 48 times, the Scottish Cup 37 times, and have also won the Scottish League Cup 17 times. They won the European cup in 1967, they reached the final in 1970, as well as reaching the Final of the 2003 UEFA Cup.
With 94 trophies in their cabinet, Barcelona Football Club is the sixth most successful club in the world currently based on the number of trophies they have won. Barcelona remains the only club ever to have won the Treble a record 2 times. They have five European Cup/ UEFA Champions League titles, and four European Cup Winners Cup victories to boast of. They have also won the UEFA Super Cup five times. In La Liga Barca have been victorious 26 times, they have also won the Spanish Cup a record 30 times, the Spanish Super Cup twelve times, as well as the Spanish League Cup 2 times. Barcelona has won the Club World Cup 3 times, and in 2009 Barcelona became the first club to win six trophies in one year.
7. Real Madrid
Real Madrid Castile comes in at number seven with 91 trophies in their cabinet. They are the most successful club in the history of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League- Real Madrid has that bragging right with 13 such wins to boast of. Real are the only club to win the UEFA Champions league 3 consecutive times. They were named the club of the Century by UEFA, an obvious reference to their dominance. The Spanish Giants won back to back titles in the UEFA cups during the 80s and they also have four UEFA Super Cups in their trophy cabinet. Real Madrid Castile has claimed the Intercontinental Cup 3 times, as the Club World Cup two times: 2014, and 2016. In La Liga they have a record 33 titles, 19 Spanish Cup titles, Spanish Super Cups are 11 in their cabinet, and they won the Spanish League Cup one time.
With 84 trophies in their cabinet, Benfica is eight on our list of most successful clubs in the world. Benfica used to be a hugely popular club in the years past, they have the most wins in the Portuguese domestic league. They have won it 35 times. However, they have only tasted European glory twice in the ’60s with the European Cup wins 1960/1961 and 1961/62.
Like Benfica, Porto is one of the Portuguese big 3. They have 76 Trophies. They have 67 of those Trophies in their domestic competitions: They have won the Primera Liga 27 times, Taca de Portugal 16 times, Campeonato de Portugal 4 times, and 20 Supertacas.
74 trophies in a club’s trophy cabinet is not a joke, having won the Greece super league 44 times, the Greek super cup four times, and the Greek cup 27 times.
11. Bayern Munich
With 69 trophies, Bayern Munich is the Undisputed heavyweight champions of German Football. Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga title a record 28 times, as well as the German Cup 18 times. They have also won the German League Cup on 6 different occasions, and the German Super Cup 6 times. On the continental level, Bayern Munich boasts five European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues including back to back titles during the 1970s era. They have laid hands on every European trophy, with one Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup victory to brag about Bayern Munich have also won the Intercontinental Cup two times, the Club World Cup one time, and they are the only German club to successfully win the treble.
12. Manchester United
With 66 trophies in total, the Red Devils are England’s most successful Football Club of all time. They have won the English Top Flight League 20 times, 13 of which they have won since 1992 when the league was rebranded as the English Premier League. Man United have won the FA cup 12 times, they have 5 league cups in their cabinet, as well as a record 21 Charity/Community Shields to their name. They have every European honor possible to win, although the UEFA Europa Cup only came a few years back. They have the European Cup/Champions Leagues three times, as well as the Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Manchester United remain the only English club to the treble, and they are also the only English club to win a global trophy. In 1999 they won the Intercontinental Cup and in 2008 they won the Club World Cup.
Juventus have won 64 trophies, making them the number one club in Italy, and the number 5 in the world. With their 64 trophies, Juventus outrank both Inter and AC Milan, who may have a claim to be the most popular clubs in Italy. Juventus have won 35 Serie A titles, which is by far the most by any club in Italy. This 35 title does not include the two they were stripped of during the calciopoli match-fixing scandal. Juventus have also claimed 123 Italian Cups, as well as seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, Juventus have won every trophy winnable, they have two European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners Cup and they have two UEFA Super Cups to their name, as well as having won the Club World Cup two times, and the Intercontinental Cup twice.
With 59 trophies, Liverpool is the next club on our list. Liverpool is the number one English club when it comes to continental trophies however, they have won five European Cups, putting them level in that regard with Spanish giants Barcelona and Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. Liverpool (also known as the Reds) have also claimed three UEFA Super Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. Locally, they are quite successful; they have 18 Top Flight trophies in their cabinet, as well as seven FA Cups, 8 League Cups (which is a record), and 15 Charity/Community Shields. They have been finalists in the Intercontinental Cup, and the Club World Cup.
15. AC Milan
With 48 trophies AC Milan come in at 7th on our list. One they Continental stage they are second only to Real Madrid because they have won the European Cup/ Champions League seven times. AC Milan first won the European Top Club Competition in 1963 while the last time they won it was 2007. Until quite recently, AC Milan was the last club to successfully defend the Champions League title, but that record has been shattered by Real Madrid who won the title 3 times in a row. AC Milan won the title back to back in 1989 and 1990. They have won the Cup Winners Cup on 2 different occasions, UEFA Super Cup on five occasions, and 3 Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. AC Milan also has 18 Serie A titles in their trophy cabinet, five Italian Cups, and Seven Italian Super Cups.
Coming eighth on the list of most successful football clubs in the world currently, With 45 trophies to boast of Arsenal Football Club are next on our list. With 13 FA Cups in their trophy cabinet Arsenal are number one in that regard. They also have 13 English Top Flight titles, and they also share the record for the League doubles with Manchester United. Arsenal Football Club has won the League Cup two times, 15 Charity/Community shields. In Europe, Arsenal first achieved success in 1970, while they also won their last Cup Winners Cup in 1994. They have been finalists in the UEFA Champions League.
17. Inter Milan
With 39 Trophies in their trophy cabinet, Internazionale Milano comes in next in spot number 9. They remain the only Italian club to have won the Treble. Interestingly too, Inter Milan won five Trophies which included the UEFA Champions League, Serie A, Coppa d Italia, Club World Cup. On the continent, they can boast of 3 European Cups/ Champions League titles, while they have 18 Serie A titles in their trophy cabinet. They also have seven Italian Cups, 5 Italian Super Cups, and 3 UEFA Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, and 1 Club World Cup.
18. Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid comes in next with 29 trophies overall. Since 2010, Athletico has won seven major trophies, which have caused many football followers to call them the Third Force in Spanish Football. In 2014 they won the La Liga title right under the noses of giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. That La Liga win brought their title record up to 10. 10 is also the number of times they have won the Spanish Cup. They first tasted Continental honors in 1962 when they won the European Cup Winners Cup and their latest European win were the UEFA Europa League and Super Cup double.
The following clubs boast impressive figures when it comes to titles won, but their names are often omitted by credible sources when making lists of successful clubs. This may be because the leagues in which they play are not regarded as serious leagues, or because such claims are not verifiable.
However, they are listed below so as not to seem biased in any way. That’s all about the Most Successful Football Clubs in the World 2020.
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