Top 10 players with most trophies in football history

Football is a captivating game that thrives on the pursuit of victory and the desire for trophies.

Over the years, numerous players have made a lasting impact on the sport, demonstrating their exceptional skills and leadership to lead their teams to triumph.

In this article, we explore the realm of football legends and highlight the top 10 players with the most trophies in the history of the game.

These remarkable individuals have not only left a significant mark in football history but have also gathered an impressive array of trophies during their highly successful careers.

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After Paris Saint-Germain secured the 2022/23 Ligue 1 title, Lionel Messi has equalled Dani Alves as the footballer with the highest number of accolades in history.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Players Who Have Won the Most Trophies in Football History

Five out of the top 10 football players with the highest number of trophies had the privilege of playing during the golden years of FC Barcelona.

Consequently, the majority of their titles were achieved during their tenure with the Catalan team.

10. Karim Benzema (French, 34 trophies)

Karim Mostafa Benzema, a renowned French professional footballer, currently serves as a striker for Real Madrid in La Liga.

However, starting from July 1, 2023, he will be joining the Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad Club.

Benzema is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of the sport.

His exceptional goal-scoring ability, combined with his technical prowess, vision, and versatility on the field, have earned him significant acclaim.

Within the ranks of Real Madrid, he holds the distinction of being the club’s second-highest goalscorer of all time, as well as their leading provider of assists.

Throughout his tenure at Real Madrid, Benzema has accumulated an impressive tally of 24 trophies, including four La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey triumphs, and five UEFA Champions League victories. His contributions have played a pivotal role in the success of the club.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portuguese, 34 trophies)

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best players in history, has brought success to every squad he has been a part of.

While his best days were spent in the Premier League with Manchester United and La Liga with Real Madrid, where he won UEFA Champions League titles with both clubs, Ronaldo also had success in Italy with Juventus, where he won two Serie A titles.

 

But Ronaldo was equally successful in his homeland. Apart from winning the Portuguese Super Cup with Sporting CP, his first club before transferring to England, he also helped his country win its first medals.

CR7 was instrumental in Portugal’s first European Championship, Euro 2016, before winning the UEFA Nations League.

Club trophies:

5x UEFA Champions League (1x at Man United, 4x at Real Madrid), 4x FIFA Club World Cup (1x at Man United, 3x at Real Madrid), 3x Premier League, 2x La Liga, 2x Serie A, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 1x FA Cup, 2x Copa del Rey, 1x Coppa Italia, 2x English League Cup, 2x Italian Super Cup, 2x Community Shield, 2x Spanish Super Cup, 1x Portuguese Super Cup.

International trophies:

1x UEFA Euro, 1x UEFA Nations League.

8. Vitor Baia (Portuguese, 35 trophies)

Vitor Baia was a key figure during Porto’s golden years in the 2000s, winning the majority of his titles with the local giants.

The Portuguese goalie also had the opportunity to play for the legendary FC Barcelona, where he contributed to his résumé.

Club trophies:

10x Portuguese League, 1x UEFA Champions League, 1x LaLiga, 1x UEFA Cup2x Intercontinental Cup, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 5x Portuguese Cup, 10x Portuguese Super Cup, 2x Copa del Rey, 2x Spanish Super Cup.

8. Ryan Giggs (Welsh, 35 trophies)

Ryan Giggs, a renowned member of the class of 1992, will be remembered fondly at Manchester United.

The Welshman spent his entire professional career at Old Trafford, where he was a key figure throughout the club’s glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson. Giggs has won every available trophy with Manchester United, including a record 13 Premier League titles.

Club trophies:

13x Premier League, 2x UEFA Champions League, 1x FIFA Club World Cup, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 4x FA Cup, 4x English League Cup, 9x Community Shield.

7. Kenny Dalglish | 35 Trophies

Kenny Dalglish is a Liverpool legend and probably the greatest Scottish player to have graced the Premier League.

The Liverpool legend made 559 appearances and scored 229 goals during his time club career.

He was the backbone of the golden generation of Liverpool FC in the 80s, which dominated Europe with three European titles.

The Scottish forward returned to Anfield for the 2011 season as the club’s head coach.

Club trophies:

8x English First Division, 3x European Cup, 4x Scottish League, 1x European Super Cup, 2x FA Cup, 4x English League Cup, 4x Scottish Cup, 1x Scottish League Cup, 7x Community Shield.

6. Gerard Pique (Spanish, 36 trophies)

Gerrard Pique’s exceptional defensive skills have solidified his status as one of the greatest defenders in history, clearly demonstrated by his impressive collection of trophies.

Prior to joining the Catalan giants, Pique had a stint at Manchester United. His pivotal role in Spain’s football supremacy and FC Barcelona’s golden era during the 2010s cannot be overstated.

Throughout his career, Pique has achieved numerous accolades, including four UEFA Champions League titles, one Euro title, one World Cup victory, and numerous other honours.

Club trophies:

4x UEFA Champions League (1x at Man United, 3x at Barcelona), 8x LaLiga, 1x Premier League, 3x FIFA Club World Cup, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 7x Copa del Rey, 6x Spanish Super Cup, 1x English League Cup, 1x Community Shield

International trophies:

1x FIFA World Cup, 1x UEFA Euro.

5. Hossam Ashour (Egyptian, 37 trophies)

Hossam Ashour may not be widely recognized by the average football fan, he enjoys significant fame among Egyptian football enthusiasts.

As a defensive midfielder, Ashour dedicated an impressive 17 seasons to playing for Al Ahly, accumulating over 500 appearances across various competitions.

Remarkably, he achieved all of his triumphs while representing Al Ahly.

Throughout his tenure, Ashour secured numerous titles with Al Ahly, including the Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Cup, Egyptian Super Cup, CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup, and African Super Cup.

His contributions have been instrumental in Al Ahly’s success in domestic and continental competitions.

4. Andres Iniesta (Spanish, 37 trophies)

Andres Iniesta, a true Barcelona legend, has made significant contributions to the club’s remarkable achievements.

The graceful midfielder played a vital role as a key member of the Blaugrana. His impact extended to the international stage, where he played at an exceptional level for Spain, aiding in their triumph in three major championships within a span of four years.

During the World Cup final in South Africa in 2010, Iniesta stood out as the man of the match, representing Spain against the Netherlands.

It was his winning goal that secured victory for his team. Additionally, he was honored during the EURO 2012 final held in Ukraine.

Iniesta’s illustrious career began with his first trophy, the La Liga title, earned with Barcelona during the 2004-2005 season.

Subsequently, he went on to claim numerous titles with the club, including eight La Liga championships and four Champions League titles.

Even in his sunset years with Vissel Kobe in Japan, the Spanish legend continued to lift trophies.

Club trophies:

4x UEFA Champions League, 9x LaLiga, 3x FIFA Club World Cup, 6x Copa del Rey, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 7x Spanish Super Cup, 1x Japanese Cup, 1x Japanese Super Cup.

International trophies:

1x FIFA World Cup, 2x UEFA Euro.

3. Maxwell (Brazilian, 38 trophies)

Maxwell, the former left-back for Barcelona and PSG, boasts an astounding record of 37 cup victories across five different clubs.

His journey towards success began with his childhood club, Cruzeiro, where he secured his first taste of silverware in the Copa do Brasil back in 2000.

After moving to Ajax, his winning streak continued as he achieved the league double in his debut season.

During his time at Inter Milan, although brief, Maxwell managed to add five more cups to his collection.

However, it was with Barcelona that he experienced considerable success, earning his sole UEFA Champions League title.

By the time of his retirement in 2017, Maxwell had amassed an impressive tally of 15 cup wins with Paris Saint-Germain.

As one of the most decorated defenders in the history of the sport, his illustrious career is adorned with an astonishing 37 trophies.

Club trophies:

1x UEFA Champions League, 2x LaLiga, 4x Ligue 1, 3x Serie A, 2x Eredivisie, 2x FIFA Club World Cup, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Copa del Rey, 3x Coupe de France, 4x French League Cup, 1x Dutch Cup, 1x Brazilian Cup, 3x Spanish Super Cup, 1x Italian Super Cup, 3x Dutch Super Cup, 4x French Super Cup.

2. Lionel Messi (Argentine, 43 trophies)

Lionel Messi is the joint-record holder for most trophies won in football with the Brazilian full-back Dani Alves.

The Argentina legend has 43 career titles to his name, including the FIFA World Cup and his second Ligue 1 crown.

Messi won 35 of his club career titles at Barcelona (2004-2021), as well as five national trophies, including the Copa America 2021. The Argentine also won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 in Beijing.

Lionel Messi has added two trophies to his collection since joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2021: Ligue 1 (2021-22), (2022-23), and Trophee des Champions (2022).

1. Dani Alves (Brazilian, 43 trophies)

Dani Alves, the Brazilian defender, began his professional career at his hometown club Bahia, where he clinched his initial professional honors.

Following an impressive stint at Sevilla, where he secured five trophies within six years, Alves made a noteworthy £23 million transfer to Barcelona, commencing a period of tremendous success.

During his time at Barcelona, he amassed an impressive collection of 23 titles, including six La Liga crowns and three UEFA Champions League triumphs.

Subsequently, Alves embarked on trophy-laden spells at Juventus (2016-17, with two titles), Paris Saint-Germain (2017-19, with six titles), and Sao Paulo (2019-21, with one trophy). In 2022, after concluding his second spell at Barcelona, Alves signed with the Mexican team UNAM.

On the international stage, Dani Alves has attained significant achievements, winning the Copa America and Confederations Cup twice, along with securing the men’s football gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The FIFA World Cup remains the only major trophy missing from his illustrious collection.

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