Often recognized as the most popular sport in the world, soccer is filled with rich history spread throughout a vast majority of clubs. It is filled with a lot of excitement and fans are nothing but ecstatic to watch their favorite team play. With the support of their fans, the clubs and their players give it all to win silverware so they can bring it home.
To win silverware, the team you support might need the money, the fans, or even some of the best players in the world. In terms of this top 10, these teams have what is needed to win titles. Some, of course, have more fans than the other or some even have more money and better players than the others, but in the end, they win it so they can make that badge worth something more than it used to. Of course, the players within the club need to be a high enough quality to bring the silverware.
But just as dynasties have prolonged success, many clubs across the world have had their share of success and overall are a step above the others. Clubs with the most history are often regarded as the teams with the most trophies whether they be won domestically or abroad, just as NBA teams are compared with the amount of NBA Championships they have. In this article, we look at the top ten most historic clubs in soccer history, some teams may just surprise you.
10. Internazionale Milan
We start off with Internazionale Milan, otherwise known as Inter Milan. Inter Milan has always been known as one of the giants in the Serie A, or the first division of the Italian League. They have multiple league titles, 18 to be exact, and multiples titles in the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italia. What makes teams stand out is their will to win in the big stage, and that is the UEFA Cup, or what is known as today as the Champions League. They have won a total of six European titles and a single FIFA Club World Cup. The high-quality of players that Inter have raised are uncountable and this is why they are considered to be in the top 10 most historic soccer clubs of all time.
9. AFC Ajax
Next, we have the Dutch giants, Ajax. Ajax is most known for their rich history in winning titles in the domestic field, but also in the European field. In the domestic field, they have 33 league titles and numerous titles in the Dutch Cup. However, in the European field, they have a total of eight titles, all in different types of cups. They are known to be a historic team with the likes of Johann Cruyff, they showed the world a new kind of soccer, Total Football. Ajax is known for bringing out some of the best footballers in the world including Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Ajax may be a surprise, but they definitely deserve to be in this spot.
8. Manchester United
This soccer club is filled with history, including a record 20 league titles (the most of any Premier League team), and is the first English football club to achieve the treble, which is the league title, the FA Cup, and the Champions League all in the same year. With Sir Alex Ferguson and legendary footballers, this football club was sure to win multiple titles in different areas. And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best footballers in the world, first shined at Manchester United and won the Champions League with them. Now you know why they are here at #8.
7. Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors are one of the greatest, if not the greatest soccer team to come out of South America. With 31 domestic titles, they come in second place in the domestic title race in Argentina, and although they may not have won any Club World Cups, they still show that they can keep up with European giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and others. Many of these top teams are from Europe, but we need to show respect to teams from South America, because in reality, they play high-quality soccer and many of the greatest players in the world are from South America. This is why the Boca Juniors have this spot.
Another Premier League giant, Liverpool makes it into the top 10. Liverpool is a high-quality team with high-quality players every year. Especially in the Premier League, it is hard to win the title. With 18 league titles, and nine European titles, five being in the Champions League, Liverpool is recognized with a lot of history behind that badge. Some key players that have been seen in a Red Devil kit include Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, and others. Known for defeating AC Milan in the Champions League with an outstanding comeback, Liverpool had a name for themselves and after that win, they kept that name.
Coming into the top five, Juventus starts it off. Juventus, another Italian giant in the Serie A, are filled with history. They have had some ups and downs, but the quality comes in behind the titles and their consistency of being a top-class football team. To this day, they have won 32 league titles with 11 Coppa Italia titles and seven Supercoppa Italiana titles. Of course, they have European titles in their hands as well with nine in total. In the 2015-2016 season, they had won the double, which is the league title and the Coppa Italia title. They showed their strength in recent years when they had reached the finals of the Champions League but had lost to a powerful Barcelona team. Legends such as Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, and many others have played in the Black and White stripes and they have brought many titles to the club, putting them at #5.
4. AC Milan
The last of the Italian bunch is the one and only, AC Milan. Milan is a team with very rich history, not only because of the titles and honors that they had achieved, but because of the players that came through the club. They may have 18 league titles and multiple Italian cup titles, but what makes them truly amazing is that they are known as the second most successful club with 18 international titles, including an outstanding 14 European titles. They are known to be one of the clubs to have the best eras of all time with the likes of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, and many other legends that have played the sport. AC Milan, for sure, deserve to be here.
3. Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich is recognized as the most successful and most recognized German soccer team in history. They are in full domination of the league with 26 league titles. They also dominate the domestic cup with 18 titles and in the European field, they have eight titles. They are one of the most consistent teams to ever play with a play style that is just utter domination. Especially in the Champions League, they excel by getting to far rounds every year and is always a major threat to their opponents. They represent Germany as a whole because of their pure domination of the game. Players like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, and Oliver Kahn show why Bayern Munich are one of the best ever.
2. Barcelona FC
Barcelona FC is all we hear in the news today because of their dominance on the world stage. This is a team known for winning, and its constant will to keep winning. They are constantly winning league titles winning European championships. With the likes of Lionel Messi and his teammates, Barcelona have become a serious club that will always rule this soccer world. They have won the league 24 times, have won the domestic cup 28 times, and have won European titles 14 times. This team has some of the most titles out of all teams in the world and that is an amazing feat. Barcelona have a rich history and are definitely looking to build on it in the coming years with MSN and a strong team around the dangerous three.
1. Real Madrid
The greatest of them all, Real Madrid ranks as the most historic football club of all time. They are notoriously known for their riches and being able to buy almost any player they want. But, behind that white and gold badge is a lot of history. They have multiple domestic titles, and of course, the most European titles of all clubs in Europe with 10 Champions League titles. On the other hand, they have 32 league titles, also a record, and 19 domestic cup titles. Real Madrid has been known for always having the best players in the world and they have the right to say that, whether it was in the past, or in the present. With players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane, and Raul, Real Madrid have locked themselves in as the most historic clubs of all time.