Top 10 Most Successful European Football Clubs

Updated for February 2019

Football is a beautiful game with fans from every corner of the world. Whether you live a 2 minute walk away from your team’s stadium or stay up until 5am to watch them, there’s no doubting fans’ commitment to their teams. This commitment is vital to a club’s success, money is great but you need both money and a loyal fanbase to become successful.

This list will comprise the most successful European football clubs of all time, updated for 2019.

Some clubs have grown in stature while others have waned, you’ll be hard pressed to find a list full of European super-clubs like these!

Note: I don’t count one-off game trophies such as the Community Shield and Super Cups.

 


10. Juventus

Trophies: 56

Juventus have won Serie A 7 times in a row and show no sign of stopping any time soon. Still very much the Italian giants, the guys over at Turin are taking advantage of the failures of their domestic rivals to win every local trophy they can get their hands on.

They’re no slouch in Europe either, remaining a heavy-weight European club, feared by almost every team in the world. The recent acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo has made them favorites for the Champion’s League in the eyes of many fans, neutral or otherwise!

 


9. Ajax

 

Trophies: 61

Ajax are by far the most successful Dutch football club, PSV are the closest rival with 35 trophies. Their youth system is famous for producing bright young talents that go on to become superstars. A considerable amount of football legends have come from the Amsterdam club. Although their key players have continuously been nicked by other European superpowers, their success has continued throughout the years and will do for more years to come.

 


8. Bayern Munich

Trophies: 62

The most successful German team takes the number 7 spot on this list. Bayern Munich are a mega club full of superstars and future talent. Their domination of the Bundesliga guarantees any player who joins them will win trophies, this attracts the worlds biggest players and managers. The staff behind the scenes do an incredible job with the Bavarians which contributes heavily to their success.

 


7. FC Porto

Trophies: 64

Porto are one of the 2 Portuguese clubs to absolutely dominate the Primiera Division since its inception. They are the record holders for the most Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira trophies as well as the Campeonato de Portugal, which ended in 1938. Before their league winning season in 2017/18, Porto last won a trophy in 2013 but their successful history has rocketed them up this list into 6th.

 


6. S.L Benfica

Trophies: 75

The most successful Portuguese football club is currently beating their bitter rivals Porto to trophies season after season. Before 2013, Porto were the most successful but Benfica’s amazing run of success in the past few years have allowed them to leapfrog Porto. During 2014, they managed to win all 4 domestic trophies which is an astonishing feat, even more so when you realise they only conceded 18 goals in the entirety of the 2013/14 season.

Benfica are in a great place to become the 3rd most successful European club, overtaking the next 2 entries if they win a couple more trophies..

 


5. Barcelona

Trophies: 75

FC Barcelona could well be the biggest club in the world. They hold numerous records for the likes of the Club World Cup, Copa Del Rey and Supercopa de Espana. This success has gone from generations of home grown talent, world beaters signed from other clubs and great work from the behind-the-scenes staff. Like Real Madrid, Barca are still winning trophies season and after season. It’s a fight between the two La Liga superpowers to hit 100 trophies.

 


4. Real Madrid

Trophies: 76

Real Madrid are one of the most recognisable and followed clubs in the world. Their constant signings of ‘Galacticos’ have rained down success over the years. They’ve been hauling in trophies since the start of the 20th century!

They currently hold the record for an absolutely insane 13 European Cups. They also hold the record for the most La Liga titles at 33. Domestically, Madrid seem to have troubles winning La Liga in recent years but the Champion’s League is essentially their own personal competition.

 

 


3. Celtic

Trophies: 106

Perhaps a huge surprise to many readers, perhaps a bit obvious to others. Celtic are the only Scottish team ever to win the European Cup. They’ve also won a huge amount of domestic trophies, including 49 League titles, 38 Cup wins and 18 League Cup trophies. They had an outstanding first season under Brendan Rodgers, winning the treble and not losing a single game domestically!

 


2. Rangers

Trophies: 115

The Rangers club that won the majority of their 116 trophies was liquidated in 2012 but the ‘new’ club is still recognised as the old one. Rangers and Celtic have battled fiercly for many years, the Old Firm derby is one of the most famous in world football. They’ve won the treble seven times and hold the record for the most Scottish League titles at 54.  Unfortunately, due to their situation after the liquidation, they won’t be at Celtic’s level for a while. Not that it matters, they’ll be the most successful Scottish football club for much longer!

 

 


1. Linfield F.C.

Trophies: 239

Completely bossing the Irish scene domestically since 1890 is Linfield, with a staggering trophy haul over the years. The NIFL Premiership contains 11 teams and Linfield have finished first on 53 occasions. They don’t turn their nose up at cups either, winning the League Cup 10 times, Irish Cup 43 times as well as a big history in a dozen other (now defunct) cup competitions.

Having never won a single honor in Europe, Linfield have gone as far as the Quarter Finals in the 66-67 season. This decade, they’ve faltered during the qualifying rounds of both the Europa and Champions League.

I think I speak for everyone when I say it’d be great to see them do a cup run, in the same way I’d like to see Celtic or Rangers do so too. Absolutely massive teams domestically, with a passionate and furious fan-base. Just being able to see their fans party upon reaching the Quarters or Semis of a European Cup would be amazing!

26 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Successful European Football Clubs

  • August 21, 2018 at 9:06 am
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    Rangers fan
    Convinced the beggars work is at hand on this dire page

    As usual . Lies are printed about Rangers Fc
    We are indeed the worlds most successful and no amount of words and lies from masquerading rhodent beggars will ever change this .

    Maybe you might find some time to correct theres
    Celtic ………………….. Gulity of covering up child sex abuse in the worlds biggest sporting scandal COVER UP

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    • August 27, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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      I’m completely neutral mate, Rangers are undoubtedly the most successful European football club, the trophies speak for themselves

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    • September 3, 2018 at 4:59 am
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      Rangers are not the most successful team in Europe yes they are the most successful in domestic honours granted and only most successful in Europe because Scotland happen to be in Scotland you can’t say there the most successful in Europe surly you should say rangers are the most successful domestic team within the European region but not the most successful team in Europe that must go to Real Madrid having won the most European trophies

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      • January 19, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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        “Scotland happen to be in Scotland” 🤣🤣
        What a rocket.

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    • February 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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      Has anyone checked the number of trophies won by Linfield Fc Northern Ireland just won another today WATP

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      • February 18, 2019 at 11:10 am
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        I’ve updated the list 🙂 Linfield are pretty damn amazing haha

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    • March 4, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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      Ryan, you say you’re impartial – yet you have deliberately stated that honours die with a club’s corporate identity… What a disgrace! You should be ashamed of yourself!! So, tell me this then, how many times have Celtic played Rangers? Is it 15 or 20 times and all since 2012?… Maybe it’s time to make an edit. Or, if you’re trying to stir up controversy, just leave it as it is……

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    • March 27, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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      13 champions leagues in there like Real Madrid?lol haha ffs deluded small minded wee scottish fan

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  • August 31, 2018 at 3:34 am
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    Rangers all the way rtid

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  • September 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    Well sed rfc is the team fur me

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  • January 19, 2019 at 9:25 am
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    Rangers love to claim to be “The most successful club in the world” but the bare truth is that they are NOT, Al Ahly have won more trophies in total than Rangers, end of discussion !

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    • January 19, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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      It says in Europe 😂 ah ahly aren’t in Europe, they are only two trophies in front and have only just taken over due to lack of silverware in the last 7 years, quite sure we’ll be back on top soon enough, yous just look at the fact your still ten behind us 😂 had 7 years, yes 7 whole years and your still ten behind, joke of a club

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      • February 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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        You mean 5 n then four after this season as they said in the post the original rangers cos if your the same club pay your debts yous cheating cunts

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      • February 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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        Defoe55 the guy clearly says the world
        Yes the page says Europe,unlike most Celtic I’ll no go on about how you let your club die and your not the same club,imagine being the most successful club in the world and never winning club footballs biggest trophy and you never will.We’ll overtake your tainted record soon,another three treble on our way to 11 in a row,dream on way your 55 cause your teams shite.

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        • March 9, 2019 at 2:33 am
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          Your biggest trophy is now defunct and has been for many a year! If you know your history? 😂😂

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        • March 25, 2019 at 1:05 am
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          The Celtic way peedos r us

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  • February 2, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    how many domestic trophies have Linfield won count them and you will find they have won more than any of them or do you not count all european countries and they have played in more first round europe matches than most of them.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    If you rank the leagues you will see that spanish league is the 3rd hardest league to beat in the world after of course the italian and english leagues. Champions league is the toughest competition so if you have to rate it based on weight it would be more like Real Barca Man United, Liverpool, Juve and Milan. Think about it…

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  • March 31, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    For example if you were to put Linfield Celtic Rangers Porto or Benfica in the Premier League in any of the past 100 years they would not win even 1 title. This means that even if they winn 100 titles in their respective leagues they would never compare to a team like United or Liverpool.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    If you put rangers and Celtic into the English league for one more fans than any club in the English league fact . 2 they would be getting the same money as the league gets down there . Therefore more money would be spent on other players and most business owners would buy into the club’s as they are very big club’s . So yeah they would do it down there .

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  • April 21, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    The author is “impartial” but is very evident that he is a Linfield fan, as fucking deluded as the rest of them with a free ground and IFA handouts….they start off £300k better off than every other team in the league!! If the English FA were giving Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool etc a free ground to play on and the rest…..surely it would be blatantly obvious they have an advantage over the rest of the league!!

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    • April 22, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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      I’m a Liverpool fan mate. Genuinely didn’t know that stuff though

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