The Premier League is home to some of the greatest players of our generation.
Stars like Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Virgil van Dijk have lit up the league with their incredible goals, moments of inspiration and omnipotent defending.
However, there are more ways to judge a footballer than based on pure talent alone and most professionals guide their career on the basis of winning the sport’s biggest trophies.
You can go years and decades scoring bags of goals or executing last-ditch clearances, but it’s ultimately the trophies in your cabinet when you retire that decides your legacy.
So, with that theory in mind, the team at football365 decided to find out which player at every Premier League club can comfort themselves with the most winners’ medals.
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Most decorated footballers
It will come as no surprise that the best players aren’t necessarily the most decorated ones and every accolade other than ones won at youth level have been considered here.
And with a Ukrainian Premier League title meaning as much as the World Cup, you know there are going to be plenty of surprises, so check out the 20 players who can boast the most at their club:
Arsenal – David Luiz (18)
After Petr Cech hung up his helmet, Luiz is the most decorated player in the Arsenal squad by twofold after winning six honours with Chelsea; seven with Paris Saint-Germain; four with Benfica and one for Brazil.
Aston Villa – Wesley Moraes (6)
There aren’t too many stellar trophies in Wesley’s collect – his personal haul emanates from Slovakia and Belgium – but his cabinet is marginally bigger than those of Trezeguet and Orjan Nyland.
Bournemouth – Artur Boruc (9)
A surefire way to win trophies is playing for one of the Old Firm clubs and Boruc’s pedigree with Celtic means he’s won more Scottish Premier League titles than any of teammates have won cups overall.
Brighton & Hove Albion – Martin Montoya (7)
Champions League winner Montoya takes the prize on the south coast in the absence of loanee Beram Kayal and his nine trophies, having conquered Europe while the Seagulls were flapping about in League One.
Burnley – Joe Hart (5)
Ah, yes, Hart still exists. The ex-Manchester City man has fallen off the radar at Turf Moor, but is still more decorated than his colleagues with two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.
Chelsea – Pedro (26)
The most decorated player in the Premier League. In May, Pedro became the first player to ever win the Europa League, Champions League, Premier League, World Cup and European Championship… amongst other trophies.
Crystal Palace – Gary Cahill (8)
Cahill will always be remembered as an underrated Chelsea buy and he arrived at Selhurst Park with winners’ medals for the Premier League (x2), FA Cup (x2), Europa League (x2), League Cup and FA Cup.
Everton – Lucas Digne (12)
Playing for Barcelona is something of a precursor for winning trophies – he collected four at Camp Nou – but he already had eight in the bank from his time at PSG when he moved to Catalonia.
Leicester City – Jonny Evans (11)
It seems so long ago that Evans was plying his trade at Old Trafford, but those decorated early days under Sir Alex Ferguson – including a FIFA Club World Cup triumph – overwhelms a squad full of Premier League winners.
Liverpool – Xherdan Shaqiri (15)
The Liverpool squad is slowly filling up with silverware winners, but Shaqiri has nearly won double that of his nearest challenger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thanks to bountiful spells with Basel and Bayern Munich.
Manchester City – Fernandinho (23)
A massive 14 of Fernandinho’s trophies came courtesy of Shakhtar Donestk’s domination in Ukraine, but eight accolades with City and the 2019 Copa America have solidified his brilliance.
Manchester United – Fred (12)
Similarly to his compatriot, Fred owes his lofty position to playing with Donetsk – although 25% of his haul did come in Brazil – and that’s enough to dislodge ex-Juventus and Chelsea stars Paul Pogba and Juan Mata.
Newcastle United – Jetro Willems (6)
There’s not a lot of silverware swimming around the Newcastle squad and Willems is the most decorated after winning two Eredivisie crowns, two Johan Cruyff Shields, the KNVB Cup and DFB-Pokal.
Norwich City – Patrick Roberts (7)
Like we said with Boruc, playing for Celtic is something of a cheat code and just three seasons in Glasgow was enough to reap three SPL titles, two Scottish League Cups and a pair of Scottish Cups.
Sheffield United – John Fleck (5)
Fleck finds himself bottom with Hart as the least decorated, most decorated players after ‘only’ winning – you guessed it – the SPL (x3), Scottish Cup and then the League One crown with his current employers.
Southampton – Stuart Armstrong (8)
Somebody find an umbrella because it’s raining Celtic/Rangers players. Armstrong shared a team with Roberts on his way to eight trophies in Scotland, edging out Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s total of six.
Tottenham Hotspur – Lucas Moura (18)
If you don’t sign for Celtic, play for PSG instead. Moura hoovered up an eye-watering 16 trophies during his time in the French capital and rounds off his collection with solitary victories for Sao Paulo and Brazil.
Watford – Heurelho Gomes (12)
Aside from playing for the last Spurs team to win a trophy, Gomes gobbled up the silverware in Brazil and the Netherlands – as well as two Confederations Cups for his country – to nullify Danny Welbeck’s trophy haul from United.
West Ham United – Andriy Yarmolenko (7)
Believe it or not, Donetsk don’t dominate Ukrainian football every single season and that’s why the ex-Dynamo Kiev man has topped Pablo Zabaleta by winning seven accolades in his native land.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Joao Moutinho (15)
Two championships with Portugal are the jewel in Moutinho’s crown, while he also collected a glut of trophies with Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto as well as a history Ligue 1 triumph with AS Monaco.
While these 20 players won’t necessarily be remembered as the best in the business, they’ll hang up their boots with the most happy memories, that’s for sure.
Well, unless you’re one of the players that have been competing in Scotland and Ukraine where you must get a little numb to winning the league and cup every 10 seconds.
That being said, if you’re not good enough to become one of the era’s golden players, then silverware is the next and best step down. Just don’t tell Tottenham…