Rangers, Liverpool, Man Utd: Which club has won the most trophies in football history?

  • Kobe Tong
Rangers lost the Europa League final.

Rangers fell at the final hurdle in the Europa League on Wednesday night.

Having battled their way to the final in Seville against all the odds, the Scottish giants were narrowly defeated on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt after 120 minutes of tense football ended at 1-1.

Joe Aribo had sent the Glaswegian contingent in Spain wild with his opening goal on 57 minutes, only for Rafael Santos Borré to equalise for the Bundesliga side just moments later.

Heartbreak for Rangers

However, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men eventually left the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium with their heads in their hands as Eintracht Frankfurt ultimately came out on top in the resulting penalty shootout.

Aaron Ramsey’s miss from 12 yards proved the difference and duly rounded off a trophy-less season for the Gers, who also relinquished their Scottish Premiership title to fierce rivals Celtic.

As such, the heartbreak in Seville means that Rangers will have to put their quest to become the most decorated club in the history of men’s football on pause for another year.

Rangers’ place amongst history

Well, at least, that’s according to data collected by the Daily Star in 2021, which heralded Rangers as the second-most decorated club in history on the back of winning their first Scottish top-flight title in a decade.

The British newspaper calculated that Steven Gerrard guiding Rangers to the Scottish throne elevated their tally to 116 trophies, which can only be bettered by a single football club.

The Glasgow giants have won 55 Scottish league titles, 33 Scottish Cups, 27 Scottish League Cups and one European Cup Winners’ Cup to amass their almost-unbeatable tally.

Rangers win the Scottish Premiership.
Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Aberdeen – Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 15, 2021 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard lifts the trophy as he celebrates winning the Scottish Premiership with staff and players REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The 25 most decorated football clubs

But who are the mystery team ahead of Rangers and which other clubs place amongst the most decorated in the world? Well, fear not, because we’ve updated the Daily Star’s list and laid out the top 25 for all to see.

Naturally, do bear in mind that the list is changeable dependant on your own definition of a trophy with no league titles below the top-flight included, while ‘Super Cup-like’ competitions are indeed tallied up.

However, disclaimers and housekeeping aside, be sure to check out the reported top 25 football clubs with most trophies in the men’s game down below:

=24. River Plate (Argentina) – 49 trophies

River Plate winning silverware.
Soccer Football – Argentina Primera Division – River Plate v Racing Club – Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – November 25, 2021 River Plate players celebrates winning the Argentina Primera Division with the trophy REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

=24. CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) – 49 trophies

=24. Grasshopper Club Zurich (Switzerland) – 49 trophies

23. Zamalek (Egypt) – 53 trophies

22. Deportivo Colo-Colo (Chile) – 55 trophies

=20. Club Olimpia (Paraguay) – 56 trophies

=20. Boca Juniors (Argentina) – 56 trophies

Boca Juniors lift a trophy.
Soccer Football – Copa Diego Maradona – Final – Boca Juniors v Banfield – Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan, Argentina – January 17, 2021 Boca Juniors’ Carlos Tevez and teammates celebrate with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Andres Larrovere

19. FCSB (Romania) – 58 trophies

18. Anderlecht (Belgium) – 60 trophies

=16. Liverpool (England) – 62 trophies

=16. Galatasaray (Turkey) – 62 trophies

15. Manchester United (England) – 66 trophies

Man Utd win the Europa League.
Football Soccer – Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United – UEFA Europa League Final – Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden – 24/5/17 Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy as his team mates celebrate Reuters / Phil Noble Livepic

14. Juventus (Italy) – 67 trophies

13. Ajax (Netherlands) – 73 trophies

12. Porto (Portugal) – 77 trophies

11. Olympiacos (Greece) – 79 trophies

=9. Bayern Munich (Germany) – 81 trophies

Bayern win the Bundesliga.
Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v VfB Stuttgart – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – May 8, 2022 Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the Bundesliga REUTERS/Heiko Becker DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO.

=9. Al-Faisaly (Jordan) – 81 trophies

8. Benfica (Portugal) – 83 trophies

7. Barcelona (Spain) – 92 trophies

6. Real Madrid (Spain) – 95 trophies

5. Atletico Penarol (Uruguay) – 110 trophies

Penarol conquer Uruguay.
Soccer Football – Uruguayan Championship – Defensor Sporting v Penarol – Centenario stadium, Montevideo, Uruguay – December 10, 2017. Players of Penarol celebrate with the trophy of the Uruguayan championship after defeating Defensor Sporting in a penalty shoot-out. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

4. Celtic (Scotland) – 113 trophies

=2. Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay) – 116 trophies

=2. Rangers (Scotland) – 116 trophies

1. Al Ahly (Egypt) – 121 trophies

Al Ahly are history makers.
Soccer Football – African Super Cup – Final – Al Ahly SC v Raja Casablanca – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 22, 2021 Al Ahly’s Mohamed El Shenawy and teammates celebrate winning the African Super Cup with the trophy REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Rangers in second place

Oof. You’ve still got some work to do, Rangers.

Since Gerrard lifted the Scottish Premiership above his head, the Glasgow giants have watched as Al Ahly have pulled further away by winning the CAF Champions League and two CAF Super Cup titles.

However, there’s no shame in losing to Al Ahly when you consider that the Cairo-based side – who were named as Africa’s club of the century – pretty much dominate any list when it comes to trophies.

As such, don’t be surprised if Rangers have to make do with their silver medal until they stumble across an era of dominance where doubles and trebles could elevate them to the top of one of football’s most prestigious list.

Then again, sitting above Barcelona, Celtic, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Boca Juniors, Juventus, Liverpool and Bayern Munich is hardly a bad place to be in the mean time…

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