The reputation of the football (soccer) clubs who play in the domestic leagues over the years has led to fans picking for themselves clubs which they swear loyalty to, despite their current performance. Even at the face of bitter defeat, fans although disappointed still support such clubs. In this article, we will travel far and wide to bring to you top-10 of the best football clubs in the world, based on a long record of top performance as well as performances in recent years.
Here are the best football clubs in the world right now
10. Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – Germany
Dortmund which was founded in 1909 is the second-largest German football club in the world based on membership. The club which boasts of about 145,000 members is one of the best clubs in the Bundesliga. The Black and Yellows as the club is often called has a reputation for spotting and developing young talents. One of its top talent, Jadon Sancho, though not developed by the club, was given an opportunity to showcase his unique talents to the world, when other clubs were not willing to open their doors to the teenager. Sancho has since then has gone on to create a wonderful reputation for his amazing assists, which earned him the nickname “Assist King”.
Dortmund has emerged Bundesliga Champions on eight occasions. They have also won the DFB-Pokal four times and the UEFA Champions League once.
9. Atlético Madrid: La Liga – Spain
Atletico Madrid, nicknamed Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers), has progressed to become one of the best clubs in the world since it was founded in 1903. The club in its 116 years of existence is the third most successful Spanish football clubs. The Spanish side has seen several top players defend its honour, such as Antoine Griezmann and Radamel Falcao. The Spanish club has won the La Liga on 10 occasions, the Europa League three times and the UEFA Super Cup three times.
8. Manchester City: Premier League – England
The Citizens, as Manchester City is often called are no doubt one of the most prominent and dominant football clubs in the English Premier League (EPL). The club which was founded in 1880 recently emerged as a top side in the EPL, following the infusion of finances in the club by the Abu Dhabi United Group, which enabled the EPL side to lure several big names to the club, which no doubt, helped boost its performance.
Manchester City recently has been on a fiery spree was involved in an intense race for the EPL title with Liverpool in the 2018/19 season, which it won. The club also claimed all domestic league titles in the EPL that season. Manchester City has won six EPL titles, the FA Cup six times and the FA Community Shield six times. In Europe, the club’s success has not been as good as its success in the EPL.
7. Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 – France
The Parisians as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is fondly called by fans is the top football club in France. The club whose squads boasts of some of the most talented and skilful players in the world, in the person of wonder boy Kylian Mbappé and Brazilian superstar, Neymar Jr. as well as other top football stars, have won as much as 40 trophies, making them the most successful French football club ever. Its successes on the football pitch have transcended into the business world as the club is one of the most financially successful clubs in the world. The club has won 8 Ligue 1 titles, 12 Coupe de France, 8 Coupe de la Ligue and 9 Trophée des Champions titles.
6. Manchester United: Premier League – England
Currently, the Red Devils as Manchester United is fondly called by fans, are nowhere near their past records. The once vibrant football club which ruled over the English Premier League is currently struggling to find a place in the league top-four spot. But based on its reputation, Manchester United is #6 on our top-10 best football clubs in the world. The club which was founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club acquired its current name in 1902. Over the years, the club has had some of the best players in the world featured in its squad, notably, four-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Red Devils are also the only EPL side to produce a World’s best player.
Manchester United has the most trophies for any EPL side. It has claimed the English domestic league 20 times, the FA Cups 12 times and the FA Community Shield 21 times. Man United have also emerged European Champions on three occasions, won the European league and UEFA Super Cup once. The FIFA Club World Cup has also been won once by the United.
5. FC Bayern Munich: Bundesliga – Germany
In German football, FC Bayern Munich is a well-recognized team. The club which dates its founding date as far back as 119 years ago, precisely February 1900, is just days away from its 120th anniversary. Over the course of those years, Bayern Munich has featured some of the best German players. Most of its players go on to play in the German National football team. Bayern Munich is also the most successful German football club.
The club holds the record for the most Bundesliga title with 29 titles. It also holds the record for the most DFB-Pokal, DFB/DFL-Supercup and DFL-Ligapokal titles with 19, 7 and 6 titles respectively. In the continental UEFA Championship league tournament, Bayern Munich is equally successful, as they have won the tournament on 5 occasions. They have also won the UEFA Super and European Cups once.
4. Juventus: Serie A – Italy
Juventus is undoubtedly a primary force in European club football. The club which is known as The Old lady was founded in 1897 and has since grown to become one of the best football clubs to come out of Italy. Known for their enamouring black and white striped home jersey, the club currently boasts of one of the best players in the world, in the person of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has claimed the Ballon d’Or on five occasions, one of two football players that have achieved the feat. The Italian club holds several records for the number of trophies won. Juve has the most Serie A title wins with 35 wins, 13 Coppa Italia title wins and 8 Supercoppa Italiana titles. They have also won two UEFA Champions League and 2 UEFA Super Cup.
3. Liverpool: Premier League – England
Judging based on past and current performance, Liverpool remains one of the best clubs in the world. The club has experienced periods of decline in performance which affected its popularity in the EPL. Its resurgence in recent years has made it one of the formidable football teams in the world. Founded in 1892, Liverpool also known as the Reds are the most successful EPL club. The Reds has won the First Division/Premier League 19 times. They have also won the FA Cup 7 times and the Community Shield 15 times. They hold the record for the most UEFA Champions League win for an English side with 6 wins, and 4 UEFA Super Cup wins. They also have won the FIFA Club World Cup once. Liverpool comes in at the no. 3 spot on our list of the best football clubs in the world.
2. Real Madrid: La Liga – Spain
Los Blancos (The Whites), as Madrid is popularly known, is unarguably one of the best football teams on the planet. In fact, some will argue that it remains the best football club in the world. Madrid which was founded in 1902 is one of the most successful Spanish football clubs. The club is the La Liga side with the most La Liga wins. Madrid which has won 65 trophies has had some of the best players in the world such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Alfredo Di Stefano, play on its team. The success in the side’s football squad has had its impact on its financial standing as the club is worth about $4 billion.
The Whites have won a record number of 33 Laliga titles, 19 Copa del Rey titles and 11 Supercopa de España titles. In European football, the side holds the record for the most UEFA Champions League wins with 13 title wins and four UEFA Super Cup wins. It also has the most FIFA Club World Cup wins with 4 wins.
1. Barcelona: La Liga – Spain
Barcelona is arguably the best football club right now and one of the most popular football clubs in the world known for its unique squad which features and had featured incredible talents, such as Lionel Messi, the only player to claim six Ballon d’Or titles, Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta and many more. The club which has a reputation of harbouring top stars has seen a continuous increase in its performance in recent years. The club which was founded in 1899 is the most successful Spanish club.
Barca has won as much as 74 trophies in its 120 years of existence. Its 26 Laliga wins is the second-highest for any Spanish club, its 30 Copa del Rey titles are the highest for any Spanish club. Barcelona has also won 13 Supercopa de España, 2 Copa de la Liga and 3 Copa Eva Duarte. In European football, Barcelona has won 5 UEFA Champions League titles, 5 UEFA Super Cup titles and 3 FIFA Club World Cup titles.
The sentiments and sensations that football (soccer) leagues bring can be alluded to be the presence of top-rated players who always bring a touch of excitement to these leagues.
Over the years, we have seen some of the best football clubs in top leagues perform incredibly well that their success has led to an increase in their fan base. Some of these domestic football leagues have featured the best names, that their reputation for being the best leagues in the world has attracted spectators from other countries who follow such leagues religiously, even at the expense of their own country’s domestic football leagues. Since the first football club was formed in 1824, football clubs have transcended to become a financially lucrative venture as well as a source of heightened entertainment levels filled with stiff competition.
There you have it—our top-10 list of the best football clubs in the world right now in 2020. Which football club did you expect to see on this list? please share with us in the comments section below.