Winning a football competition or trophy is the pinnacle of any soccer player’s career. Some footballers even consider themselves fortunate if they are able to achieve this feat once over their entire career. For a select few, however, they have been able to win everything in their career. Be it national team or club football. Many players have been able to win trophies at both national and club level. However, today we will take a look at the greatest of them who have managed to win every trophy they competed in.
Here 7 greatest soccer players who have won everything.
1. Franz Beckenbauer
The German legend is arguably the greatest player ever to have been produced by the West European country. Franz in his day was one of the best players in the world widely respected for his leadership and skills on the football pitch. Beckenbauer was a ball-playing defender who led his country and various club sides to many triumphs. The former German national team captain led his nation to a European title in 1972 and a World Cup trophy on home soil in 1974. In club football, he won German league and cup titles with Bavarian giants FC Bayern Munich in the 1970s. He also led them to continental triumphs winning the European Cup as the UEFA Champions League was known then three times, (1973-1976) European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966-67, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1976. Franz also went on to have an equally successful coaching career with the German national team and a plethora of various club sides.
2. Thierry Henry
The former French international is one of the greatest attackers the beautiful game has seen. The Arsenal legend is also part of an elite group of players who have won it all in football. Henry with the French national team won the World Cup (1998), European Championship (2000), and FIFA Confederation Cup in 2003 respectively. In club football, he won various league and cup competitions playing for Arsenal FC and FC Barcelona, with the latter he won the UEFA Champions League in 2009, European Super Cup, and World Club Cup title.
3. Xavi Hernández
The retired Spanish midfielder was one of the greatest players of his generation. Xavi was an excellent central midfielder who won so many trophies across different competitions during his playing career. Hernández with his beloved Barcelona won three UEFA Champions League titles, European Super Cups, and FIFA World Club Cup titles respectively in 2006, 2009, and 2011 in addition to numerous domestic league and cup trophies. The former Spain international also won a lot of trophies during his time with the national team including two back-to-back Euro titles (2008, 2012) and the FIFA World Cup triumph in 2010.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Arguably France’s greatest export is a proven winner. The double Ballon d’Or recipient has won every trophy you can think of. Zidane won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 Euros playing for France. In club football, Zidane won numerous leagues, cups, and continental titles like Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Ronaldinho as he is more popularly known is a legend of the game in Brazil who has won it all in football. With the national team, the gifted number 10 won the Copa America (1999), World Cup (2002), and Confederation Cup title (2005) during a bountiful 14-years with the Samba boys. In club football, the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner won many leagues and cups playing for FC Barcelona. He also won the UEFA Champions League with the Catalans in 2006 as well as a European Super Cup title and Club World Cup title the same year.
6. Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta is hailed as one of greatest midfielders in modern football. The Spaniard possesses great balance, ball control and agility in close spaces, great skill and flair on the ball, along with sublime technique and vision. But, he didn’t just cement his place as one the best midfielders of all-time by his talents. He also won the FIFA World Cup, Champions League, European Championships, La Liga and other club competitions with Spain and Barcelona.
Kaka is one the few players to have won the World Cup, Champions League and Ballon d’or. The Brazilian also won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil.