A trophy is a palpable, long lasting reminder of a definite achievement, and serves as recognition or evidence of excellence.Trophies are often awarded for sporting events, from youth sports to professional level athletics.
In Football, there are many competitions and championships.
Here is a collection of players who have won the highest trophies in the world of football.
1. Dani Alves – 40 trophies
He is the most decorated player in the historyof football with over 40 trophies and also the second most decorated defender of all time in European competitions with nine European medals. He is one of Europe’s most successful players winning the league title and cups in three (France, Spain and Italy) of Europe top 5 league. He played for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG. He won three UEFA Champions League during his spell at Barcelona. He currently plies his trade with Sao Paulo in his home country.
2. Lionel Messi – 37 trophies
We all know he was going to make the list. Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the best players of all time. The Argentine has won a total 37 trophies with Barcelona since introduced as a substitute in 2004. The Six time Ballon d’or winner has won everything that there is to win at club level in Spain. However, the lack of an international honour aside an Olympic gold medal still haunts him.
3. Maxwell – 37 trophies
Maxwell is one of the most decorated football players in history, he played for clubs like Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSG and was successful in four of the top 5 European leagues winning two La Liga titles, four Ligue 1 titles, two Eredivisie titles and three Série A titles. Maxwell has won an outstanding 37 trophies during his 17 year career which started from Cruzeiro in 2000. At the time of his retirement, he was the most decorated active footballer in Europe.
4. Oleksandr Shovkovskiy – 36 trophies
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy is a retired Ukrainian footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played for Dynamo Kiev all his career winning 36 trophies making the record of the highest holder of the Ukrainian premier league title, after winning it on 14 basis. He made over 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League without winning it. He joins likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who might never win it.
5. Andres Iniesta – 35 trophies
Andres Iniesta is the most decorated Spanish player of all time even if you consider only his exploits with Barcelona, he has additional honours with the Spanish national team. The Spanish man has won 35 trophies which includes nine La Liga titles and four Champions League titles. The midfielder scored the decisive goal in Spain’s only World Cup triumph and also won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 with the national team. He currently plies his trade with Vissel Kobe in Japan.
6. Gerard Pique – 35 trophies
The Barcelona defender has an exceptional successful career and is the sixth on this list with 35 trophies. Ever since he returned to Barcelona from Manchester United, he has added 32 trophies to his cabinet after winning the Premier League title, League Cup and the UEFA Champions League with the Red Devils. The Spanish defender is still 33 years of age and can still add to his impressive tally.
7. Ryan Giggs – 35 titles
Ryan Giggs is a Manchester United prodigy who was one of the most decorated footballers for a long time. He was won more trophies than some football clubs in England. The Welshman made 963 appearances for the Red Devils winning 35 trophies including 13 Premier League title which no player has matched in the world. He spent 24 years at Manchester United and is the most successful premier league footballer of all time.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 31 titles
There is no need for any introduction due to his popularity all over Europe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most deadliest strikers of this era. The Swedish forward has won a total of 31 trophies ranking up to like one trophy per season ever since he left his hometown in 2001. He played for many clubs in Europe like Ajax, Juventus, PSG, AC Milan, Manchester United and La Galaxy. Despite the number of trophies he has won, Ibrahimovic is yet to be a winner of the UEFA Champions League which is like the only trophy missing in his cabinet.
9. Vitor Baia – 30 trophies
Vitor Baia was a goalkeeper during his active career. The Portuguese star played for FC Porto for almost all his career racking up 25 trophies before spending just two years with Spanish giants Barcelona and winning another five trophies to round it up to 30 trophies he won through out his career.
10. Kenny Dalglish
He was an attacker who played for Celtic and Liverpool. He was popularly known as Kenny King and he racked up an impressing 29 trophies in his footballing career at Celtic as well as Liverpool. After his retirement, he become an head coach of Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic and led them to domestic glory.