Who are the most decorated teams in world football?

Trophies are the currency of success in football, and with so many teams across the Premier League and wider Europe splashing the cash, they are becoming harder to come by. The combination of Real Madrid’s renewed transfer policy, and the new financial influence of sovereign wealth signing the best players to clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain, mean sports betting odds look very favourable for the elite clubs. 

This then decreases the chances of success for sides on the outer periphery of football’s elite.  

Madrid added a 15th Champions League trophy to their cabinet this season, while City hunt down rivals Manchester United with their fourth consecutive Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. 

Both sides rule the roost in their respective domestic leagues, while PSG are still the strongest side in France, winning Ligue 1 for the third time in a row. Outside of Europe, there are sides equally as dominant across Africa and South America. 

But which sides have collected the most trophies of all time? In this article, we’ll take a look at football’s most decorated sides and see which have won the most titles in history. Read on to find out more. 

Real Madrid – Spain 

Real Madrid have become the best club side in world football as of late, picking up a number of accolades since the turn of the 21st century. 

Their Galacticos model, which involved signing the best players in every position, saw the likes of Ronaldo Fenomeno, Luis Figo, Kaka, and Cristiano Ronaldo grace the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for world-record transfer fees. 

Madrid won the first five editions of the Champions League, when it was named the European Cup, and currently hold 128 trophies if you include the 23 local Castile region Campeonato Regional Centro titles they won from 1903 to 1936.

Rangers – Scotland 

One of the oldest teams in the beautiful game, Rangers have won 116 titles in their history, just ahead of Glasgow rivals Celtic, who managed to pick up another Scottish Premiership this season under former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. 

They clinched the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972, a historic achievement, and their intense rivalry with Celtic is the beating heart of football in Scotland. 

Nacional – Uruguay

Nacional has clinched the Uruguayan Primera División title a record number of times, establishing themselves as the most successful club in their country.

Bolsilludo are renowned for producing some of the best Uruguayan talent, with Luis Suarez famously returning back to his boyhood club to help them win the league before the 2022 World Cup. 

Nacional secured the Intercontinental Cup twice, defeating European champions Panathinaikos and Nottingham Forest in historic clashes.

Al-Ahly -Egypt 

Over to Africa, where Al-Ahly rule the roost in Egypt with a record number of trophies, winning 212 throughout their history. Founded in 1907, Al-Ahly has conquered the CAF Champions League a record number of times, asserting their supremacy in African club football.

Al-Ahly’s fans, known as the “Ultras,” create an electrifying atmosphere at their matches, and they have always held a good account of themselves in the FIFA Club World Cup, and will feature in the reformatted version of the competition, being named CAF Club of the 20th Century.