A trophy is a tangible, durable reminder of a specific achievement and serves as recognition or evidence of merit. In Football, the value of a trophy is so significant.
Valuable trophies make football competitions stiffer and more entertaining.
Most football trophies are accompanied by prize money. The amount for each trophy is determined by the size, material, and prestige associated with it.
In this article, TOP SOCCER BLOG brings you the top 10 football clubs with the most trophies in the world.
1. Al Ahly (Egypt) – 143 trophies
Holding the impressive title of “most successful club in the world,” Egyptian giants Al Ahly currently have 143 trophies.
Al Ahly have a record of 42 national league titles, 37 Egypt Cup titles, and 11 Egyptian Super Cup titles.
The 42 league titles is impressive, but it’s the 10 CAF Champions Leagues that actually stands out.
The club have never been relegated to the Egyptian Second Division.
Al Ahly is the most successful club in Africa and one of those with the most fans on the continent.
Furthermore, Al Ahly have one of the longest unbeaten league runs in football history, going 71 matches without losing from 2004 to 2007.
2. Rangers (Scotland) – 121 trophies
Rangers are the most successful club in Scotland. The club have won the Scottish League title a record 55 times, the Scottish Cup 34 times, and the Scottish League Cup a record 27 times.
They have clinched the domestic treble on 7 occasions — a joint world record shared with rivals Celtic.
Rangers won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.
The 150-year-old football club have a passionate fan base, with largest travelling support in football history.
3. Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay) – 116 trophies
The most successful team in Uruguay, pipping rivals Penarol on the trophy front.
Club Nacional de Football is the most decorated South American football team.
In domestic tournaments, Nacional have won the Primera División title 48 times, most recently in the 2020 season.
Domestic cups honors include Copa de Competencia (8) and Copa de Honor (7).
At international level, Nacional have won 22 titles recognised by FIFA and CONMEBOL — including 3 Copa Libertadores.
4. Celtic (Scotland) – 113 trophies
Celtic are one of only 5 football clubs in the world to have won over 100 official trophies in history.
The Scottish club is a club with a rich history and loyal supporters.
The club have won the Scottish league championship 52 times, the Scottish Cup 40 times, and the Scottish League Cup 20 times.
Celtic’s greatest season was 1966/67 when they became the first British team to win the European Cup. That same season, they also won the league, Scottish Cup, League Cup, and the Glasgow Cup.
Their remarkable trophy haul of 113 titles makes them one of the football clubs with the most trophies.
5. Atletico Penarol (Uruguay) – 110 trophies
The 5th club in the world with over 100 trophies, Penarol are the second most successful team in Uruguay.
They have never been relegated from the top division since joining the league in 1900.
They have won the Uruguayan Primera División 51 times.
In international competitions, Peñarol are the third-highest Copa Libertadores winners (with 5 trophies) and shares the record for Intercontinental Cup titles (7).
In September 2009, the club was chosen as the South American Club of the Century by the IFFHS.
6. Real Madrid (Spain) – 99 trophies
Real Madrid are one trophy away from reaching 100 official titles.
They are among the most decorated clubs in history and have the record for most Champions League titles (14).
Madrid hold multiple records across Europe, the most notable being their back-to-back-to-back Champions League victories from 2016 to 2018
In domestic Football, the club have won 68 trophies; a record 35 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey, 12 Supercopa de España, a Copa Eva Duarte, and a Copa de la Liga.
Real Madrid is one of the most widely supported teams in the world.
7. Barcelona (Spain) – 97 trophies
Barcelona are always challenging Real Madrid in every aspect, and they are also close to them in terms of the most trophies won.
Domestically, the Catalans won a record 75 trophies: 26 La Liga, 31 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and 2 Copa de la Liga titles. They are the record holders for the latter four competitions.
In international club football, the club have won 22 European and worldwide titles — which includes 5 UEFA Champions League trophies.
Barcelona are the first club to win two domestic and European trebles (2008/09 and 2014/15).
FC Barcelona have been known to breed as well as attract some of the best football players on the planet.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Johan Cruyff, Samuel Eto’o, and Neymar have played at Barcelona.
8. Benfica (Portugal) – 84 trophies
The Lisbon-based football team are the most successful team in Portugal, and one of the football clubs with the most trophies.
Benfica have won 80 domestic trophies: a record 37 Primeira Liga titles, a record 26 Taça de Portugal, a record 7 Taça da Liga, 8 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, and 3 Campeonato de Portugal.
On the European stage, Benfica won the European Cup two years in a row (in 1960/61 and 1961/62).
Benfica have the second most participations in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.
Furthermore, the Eagles hold the European record for the most consecutive wins in the domestic league (29). This was achieved when they became the first unbeaten league champions in 1972/73.
To add to that, Benfica has the most football fans in Portugal and is the European club with the highest percentage of supporters in its own country, with over 250,000 members and an estimated 14 million supporters globally.
9. Al-Faisaly SC (Jordan) – 82 trophies
Formed in Amman in 1932, Al-Faisaly are by far the most successful football club in Jordan.
They are also one of the most successful football clubs in Asia; having won 34 official league titles, 21 Jordan FA Cups, and 17 Jordan Super Cups — they are the record holders for all these competitions.
Al-Faisaly also have 8 Jordan FA Shields and 2 AFC Cups.
10. Bayern Munich (Germany) – 82 trophies
At the time of writing this article, Bayern are tied with Al-Faisaly with the most titles.
Bayern Munich are one of the five football clubs that have won everything.
The Bavarians are historically the most successful team in German Football, as they have won the most championships and the most cups.
They are also Germany’s most successful team in international competitions — having won 14 trophies.
Bayern Munich are the only German club to have won 3 major European competitions. They have also won 3 consecutive European Cups.
Like Barcelona, Bayern have won the treble twice, one of which was part of the larger and more elusive “sextuple” in 2020.
The “sextuple” means they won the League, Cup, and Champions League in one season, followed by the Domestic Supercup, UEFA Supercup, and Club World Cup in the next season. Virtually winning all trophies that a club competes for in a given calendar year.