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Top 5 Most Successful Football Clubs in Europe

A list of the most successful football clubs in Europe

When you think about the most successful club in Europe, who comes to mind? Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona probably spring straight to mind. Only two of these clubs make the list, and they still don’t break into the top two.

The amount of trophies a club has doesn’t make them better another, but being the most successful club in Europe is a bragging right on its own.

In this post, we’ve looked at which club in Europe’s top divisions has the most trophies locked up in their museum.

5. SL Benfica (83 trophies)

The best group in Portugal, SL Benfica sit gladly in fifth spot as one of the best groups in Europe.

Benfica have a record measure of Primeira Liga titles (37), a record measure of Taca de Portugal titles (26), a record measure of Taca da Liga titles (7), 8 Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, 3 Campeonato de Portugal and 2 European Cups.

Golden years

During the 1960s, Benfica went through its brilliant years by winning consecutive European Cups in '61 and '62. All through the '60s Benfica arrived at three additional European Cup finals, losing every one of the three.

It was during these years that incredible Portuguese striker, Eusebio, played for Benfica scoring an exceptional 317 objectives in 301 games. Eusebio is as yet the main player to win a Ballon d'Or while playing for a Portuguese club.

As well as brilliance in the European Cup, the 1960s saw Benfica come out on top for eight Premeria Liga championships and three Taca de Portugal cups.

During the '70s, Benfica kept on endeavoring locally, coming out on top for six Primeira Liga championships and two Taca de Portugal titles. In Europe, Benfica simply figured out how to arrive at the semi-finals, beaten by Ajax and Johan Cruyff.

Back from the brink

After monetary difficulties during the '80s because of poor monetary administration, things didn't get any more straightforward for Benfica during the '90s. Following quite a while of progress, Benfica battled locally and in Europe-and entered an interesting prize.

It was only after the 2003-04 season that Benfica would win their first prize since the 1995-96 season. The season after this, Benfica came out on top for their first association championship starting around 1994. More achievement would start to follow from 2003-04, as Benfica hoped to recover its predominance in Portgual

4. Barcelona (87 trophies)

Contending with Spanish opponents Real Madrid, Barcelona is a predominant power in Spain and they have delighted in spells of strength in European rivalries.

Barca has 26 La Liga titles, a record 31 Copa del Ray titles, a record 12 Supercopa de Espana titles, five European Cups/UEFA Champion Leagues, a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cups, a record five UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups.

Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona

Cruyff showed up from Ajax for a then-record charge of £920,000. In his first season, Cruyff assisted Barca with coming out on top for their first association championship for quite a long time. The success incorporated a noteworthy 5-0 triumph away at Real Madrid.

After Cruyff left, Barca hoped to supplant their star man with another star name. In 1982, they did exactly that by marking Maradona for a world record expense of £5 million. His time at Barca was short, yet Maradona got a Copa del Ray and Spanish Super Cup decoration.

Cruyff returned as chief in 1988, prompting a spell of strength for the Spanish goliaths.

Players, for example, Hristo Stoichkov, Pep Guardiola, Eusebio, Ronald Koeman and Michael Laudrup were all important for Cruyff's fantasy group period.

Cruyff saw Barca win 11 prizes under his administration, including four back to back La Liga titles.

Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta

Previous player Guardiola took over as director in 2008 and carried with him his tika-taka style that would change the game totally.

Pep acquired a group brimming with stars like Ronaldinho, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Carlos Puyol. Kick rushed to put his stamp in the group. Out went Ronaldinho and Deco, as Pep formed his group around Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.

During Pep's spell, they turned into the prevailing group in Europe. During his long term spell at the club, Barca won 14 prizes including, two UEFA Champions Leagues and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Recent years

Barcelona has as of late confronted monetary battles which prompted Messi hesitantly leaving the club following 21 years. On the field, Barca dropped into the Europa League without precedent for 17 years.

The previous midfielder, Xavi, as of late turned into the Barca director in the desire to return.

Real Madrid (90 trophies)

Ostensibly perhaps the greatest club in world football, it is nothing unexpected to see Real Madrid on this rundown.

Their prize bureau incorporates a record 35 La Liga's, 19 Copa del Rey's, 11 Supercopa de Espana's, a record 13 European Cup/UEFA Champion Leagues, two UEFA Cup titles, four UEFA Super Cup titles, three Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups.

Early European success

After the making of the European Cup (referred to now as the UEFA Champions League), Madrid solidified itself as the predominant power in European football.

They won five European Cups in succession somewhere in the range of 1956 and 1960, prompting Madrid being granted the first cup and the option to wear the UEFA symbol of honor.


Madrid is known for having a group loaded with star names who have worn the popular white strip. Any semblance of Alfredo Di Stefano, Hugo Sanchez and Emilio Butragueno have all been honored to play for Madrid yet under new president Florentino Perez, Madrid entered another level.

Perez directed the marking of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham, to give some examples. The inundation of players saw quick accomplishment with a UEFA Champions League and Intercontinental Cup outcome in 2002, trailed by a La Liga title in 2003.

Notwithstanding the monstrous ability in their crew, Madrid would go the following three seasons without coming out on top for a significant championship.

CR7 and La Decima

In 2009, Real Madrid broke the exchange record when they marked Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million from Manchester United. Ronaldo assisted Madrid with arriving at a record 32nd La Liga title.

Genuine Madrid, supported by a front three of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, at long last arrived at La Decima in 2014. Their tenth Champions League prize was made much better by beating their nearby adversaries Atletico Madrid in the last.

After at long last arriving at ten Champions League prizes, Madrid proceeded to win three Champions League in succession between 2014-2018. The 13 titles Madrid hold is the record for most Champions League titles.

2. Celtic (112 trophies)

One portion of Glasgow and one portion of the strength in Scottish football, Celtic have tracked down winning prizes in Scotland simple and they additionally have past outcome in Europe added to their repertoire.

Celtic gloat 51 SPL titles, 40 Scottish Cup titles, 20 Scottish League Cup titles and one European Cup.

One night in Lisbon

Celtic had delighted in long periods of homegrown achievement, and in 1967, Celtic appreciated accomplishment on the Continent.

Athlete Stein drove Celtic to greatness in each contest they entered, however the most exceptional of these prizes was in Europe. Stein drove the Glasgow group to brilliance against Inter Milan.

This success made them the main British side to win the European Cup.

The side that drove Celtic to the greatness that evening became known as the "Lisbon Lions" and stay probably the best group to wear the popular green and white loops.


Outcome in Europe has been difficult for Celtic to find, however achievement locally has proceeded. Their last outing to an European last was in 2003 when they arrived at the UEFA Cup Final, losing 3-2 to Porto in additional time.

In Scottish football, Celtic saw a time of proceeded with progress when furious opponents Rangers dropped down divisions because of monetary issues.

The 2019-20 season saw Celtic complete a fourth successive homegrown high pitch after a season hit by COVID-19 issues.

1. Rangers (120 trophies)

The opposite side of Glasgow and the opposite side of the strength in Scottish football take the best position of the best club in Europe.

The Rangers' noteworthy prize bureau flaunts a record 55 SPL titles, three lower association titles, 33 Scottish Cups, 27 Scottish League Cups, one Scottish Challenge Cup and one European Cup Winners' Cup.

European glory

Contrasted with their Glasgow rivals, Rangers have found progress in Europe truly challenging. Their possibly taste of European achievement came in 1972 when they beat Dynamo Moscow in the European Cup Winners' Cup.

This achievement saw them gradually rise out of the shadow of a solid Celtic side drove by Jock Stein. Officers brought home their first championship in quite a while during the 1974-75 season. This was immediately trailed by a high pitch in the season later.


Officers at last paired Celtic's record of 9 titles in succession. Officers won the association each season from 1988-89 to the 1996-97 season.

After the 9 in succession time group isolated, Dick Advocaat turned into Rangers' first unfamiliar administrator. He had a quick effect after weighty venture, bringing home consecutive championships.

Rise back to the top

In 2012, Rangers went into liquidation and immediately improved. The recently framed Rangers neglected to remain in the SPL and joined the Scottish Football League. After conversations, Rangers were put in the most minimal division (The Third) instead of the First Division as they expected.

With a much-changed group, Rangers started the move back to the highest point of the Scottish pyramid. One thing that didn't change is the Rangers fan base, drawing in swarms at 49,000 for fourth-level games.

Officers got back to the Scottish Premier League in the 2016-17 season.

Number 55

Officers spent the initial not many long periods of their re-visitation of the top fighting with Celtic, not ready to break the Celtic hang on the SPL.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard before long assumed control over the reins at Ibrox, and in 2021, Rangers brought home their first association championship in quite a while.

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