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Top 20 Football Club With Most Trophies In history (2024)

In the grand tapestry of human history, few phenomena have captured the collective imagination and passion of people from all walks of life quite like football. It’s more than just a sport; it’s a cultural phenomenon, an expression of identity, and a unifying force that transcends borders and languages. From the dusty streets of Rio de Janeiro to the bustling stadiums of Manchester, the heartbeat of football pulses relentlessly, weaving narratives of triumph, heartbreak, and unbridled joy.

At the heart of this global phenomenon lie the football clubs – the bastions of tradition, the architects of dreams, and the custodians of glory. These clubs are not just teams; they are institutions with histories as rich and storied as any epic tale. Within their hallowed grounds, legends are born, dynasties are forged, and the very fabric of footballing lore is woven into the annals of time.

As we embark on a journey to explore the most successful clubs in football history, we are not merely recounting statistics or listing trophies. No, we are delving into the essence of what makes these clubs legendary – the moments of brilliance, the tales of resilience, and the spirit of unyielding determination that have defined their trajectories through the annals of time.

20) FCSB – 58 

Fotbal Club Steaua Bucuresti, or simply FCSB for short are a Romanian football that plays in the country’s top football division, Liga 1. It was originally an army club founded in 1947 but became independent in 1998. The club’s home ground is the national arena with a seating capacity of 55,600. They are currently managed by Elias Charalambous. FSCB has won 58 trophies, comprising:

Steaua were the very definition of an establishment club. 

Yet, for all that they had Romanian football in a stranglehold for several decades, winning their league on 26 occasions, they also lifted the European Cup in 1986, additionally reaching the final again three years later. 

Liga 1 champions 26

Romanian Cup winners 22

Romanian Super Cup 6

League Cup winners 2

UEFA Champions League winners1

1UEFA Super Cup winner 1

19) Galatasaray – 59

While bitter rivals Fenerbahce have the greater tally of league triumphs, more of Galatasaray’s domestic crowns are recognised by the Turkish Football Federation.

Their lead over Fenerbahce and Besiktas is extended further by their dominance of the Turkish Cup. 

The Lions presently top their league as they chase down a 23rd Super Lig title.  

18) Boca Juniors – 62 

Crowned national champions on 35 occasions, Boca have also lifted the Copa Libertadores on six occasions, the most recent of which was their 2007 triumph led by the irrepressible Juan Roman Riquelme. 

Boasting a historical edge over their bitter rivals River Plate – a rivalry that can get a little tasty at times – Boca are the most successful club in Argentina. 

17) Anderlecht – 64 

Champions of Belgium on 34 occasions, Anderlecht are by some distance the nation’s most celebrated team.

They have translated their domestic glories into continental honours, too, with a pair of Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Cup in 1983.

Only Club Brugge can better their total of nine Belgian Cup wins. 

16) Manchester United – 69 

Despite a decade-plus in the doldrums since Alex Ferguson hung up his hairdryer, Manchester United’s 20 league titles remains an English football record.

The Red Devils have infrequently added to their trophy count since Ferguson’s retirement but the bar they continue to set for themselves is no less formidably high. 

Don’t discount them reaching it again sometime soon. 

15) Liverpool – 70 

The Jurgen Klopp era has seen Liverpool add to an already bulky trophy collection for the most successful football team in England, not least with another continental honour.

Only Real Madrid and Milan have won the European Cup/Champions League more.

A recent League Cup triumph has edged them ahead of their arch-rivals United while the football odds are short on the Reds securing a second Premier League title under the German in his farewell campaign. 

14) Juventus – 71 

Already Italy’s most decorated club, Juventus embarked on a remarkable spell of dominance across the 2010s that extended their lead over the two Milan clubs. 

Feared and respected in equal moderation, the Old Lady is not to be trifled with when she has the scent of a Scudetto in her nostrils. 

Record holders for title wins and Coppa Italia triumphs, a lack of European silverware in recent years has become their Achilles Heel. 

13) Ajax – 75 

Not only are Ajax the Netherlands’ most dominant force, they’re a footballing institution, responsible for making the beautiful game that bit more picturesque. Few clubs have influenced the sport worldwide like de Godenzonen.

The 36 league titles and four European Cups speak for themselves but Ajax is far more than a trophy-winning machine.

From the players that have developed at the club through to the tactical innovations of Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff they helped change everything. 

12) Olympiacos – 82 

The unstoppable force of Greek football, Olympiacos have relentlessly accumulated hardware throughout their history, and particularly so since the turn of the century.

They might never have been past the last eight of the Champions League, but the Erythrolefki continue to climb this list. 

11) Bayern Munich – 82 

Bayern Munich were already Germany’s big, bad wolf, but 10 straight Bundesliga titles and two Champions League wins in the last decade have seen them reach new heights. 

Trebles in 2013 and 2020 have represented a period of unprecedented supremacy for FC Hollywood. 

10) Porto – 83 

Defying the betting and all sensible logic, Porto famously lifted the Champions League in 2004, propelled to unlikely glory by a young and hungry Jose Mourinho. 

Let’s not forget though that in 1987, the Dragons equalled that feat, scoring two late goals to stun Bayern. There is also a brace of UEFA Cups up for consideration too. 

If all this proves Porto have genuine international presence it’s at home however where their trophy haul gets stratospheric. Thirty Primeira Liga crowns equates to a title for every four years of their existence. 

9) Al-Faisaly SC – 83 

Winners of 18 more Jordanian league titles than any other club, Al-Faisaly SC have an absurd total of 81 domestic honours, including 21 FA Cup wins. 

The Blue Eagles are two-time AFC Cup winners, going back-to-back in the mid-noughties. 

8) Benfica – 84 

The Eagles have long soared over Portuguese football, a name synonymous with the great Eusebio and, in more recent times, a clever recruitment policy that finds gems, polishes them up, and sells them on for huge profit.

Even back-to-back European Cup successes in the early Sixties pale to their domestic feats, with 38 Primeira Liga titles a testament to their lofty status. Their most recent league triumph came last May. 

7) Barcelona – 99 

It has been nip and tuck between Barcelona and Real Madrid over the last few years.

Barca have dropped off the pace lately, with no La Liga win since 2019. The Catalan giants went trophyless in 2021-22 but picked up the 2023 Supercopa de España.

Financial problems have hardly helped their cause while the departure of Lionel Messi has been seismic. 

6) Real Madrid – 105 

Since the start of 2021-22, Los Blancoshave won the Supercopa de España, the Champions League, La Liga, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. That glorious spell has seen them regain an overall advantage over Barcelona. 

Their total of 14 European Cups and Champions Leagues is a record no team comes within touching distance of. The Copa del Rey is the one area where Barcelona have an historic bragging right. 

5) Penarol – 111 

Never relegated from Uruguay’s Primera Division in 132 years, the Decano are a mainstay of South American football, boasting five Copa Libertadores and three Intercontinental Cups. 

Winning their league title a staggering 53 times, Penarol are the only club to have players represent Uruguay across every one of their World Cup appearances. 

4) Celtic – 114 

Seven domestic trebles and 12 league and cup doubles tells a persuasive tale of long-standing superiority.

A feted European Cup triumph in 1967 meanwhile not only greatly increased their standing on the world stage but was especially notable for one astonishing fact. Every one of the Celtic players on the pitch in Lisbon were born within 30 miles of Glasgow. 

In 2019 the club raised a bat for half a century of league titles. They have gone on to win another three since. 

3) Rangers – 116

Rangers missed an opportunity to add to their haul in the 2022 Europa League final, but that doesn’t prevent them being the second-most successful football team in the world. 

Champions of Scotland on 55 occasions and 34-time winners of the Scottish Cup, much of Rangers’ advantage can be attributed to their record 27 League Cups. 

2) Nacional – 117

Even after winning the Uruguayan league title in 2022, Nacional’s total of 49 remains four short of rivals Penarol. 

Where the Tricolores do have the advantage is in international competition, collecting more silverware than Penarol despite fewer Copa Libertadores wins (three to five). 

1) Al Ahly – 121

Granted, a lack of elite competition domestically lies at the core of Al Ahly’s sustained dominance of Egyptian football. That though takes nothing away from the imperious manner in which that dominance has been achieved.

They have won three times as many league titles as any of their peers. They have the most Egypt Cups, the most CAF Champions Leagues, the most African Cup Winners’ Cups and the most CAF Super Cups. 

Unsurprisingly, they were named the CAF Club of the 20th Century.

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