Winning any trophy in any sport is an incredible accomplishment and football is no different. Some players manage it with relative ease while others work harder towards reaching their goal of silverware glory.
Who are the Kings of Trophies in Football? You may be surprised. Here are the top five players with the most trophies.
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and the most decorated footballer ever. Beginning his professional career at FC Barcelona’s youth academy at age 13, he quickly rose through to their first team as his talent became clear.
Messi is known for his speed and attacking style despite his short stature, having scored more goals than any other player in Champions League history and becoming FC Barcelona and La Liga all-time leading goal scorer respectively.
Messi has captured numerous titles besides four UEFA European Championships and two Super Cups with Argentina: Ten Spanish top-division championships, eight Copa del Rey victories, three Club World Cup victories and two IFAB European Under-21 Championships are just a few to count among his numerous achievements. He won back-to-back international trophies such as Copa America and Finalissima between 2021-2022 as well.
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Swede was an unparalleled champion. He won nearly every trophy available in the Netherlands with Ajax, Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus (though some titles were later revoked) as well as Spain with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
His first trophy in Italy came during his inaugural season in Ajax when he led them to win both league and cup double. Later that season he scored 13 league goals while leading Inter to victory, while also contributing one goal towards their Supercoppa Italia triumph over Roma.
He would win his second Serie A championship with Juventus some years later in a tighter contest, where his contribution was less vital. Since then he had gone on to claim titles with Inter and Barca, plus one League Cup win with PSG.
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3. Kenny Dalglish
Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish had an immense effect on two cities in northern England and is widely considered one of their greatest players and managers. Affectionately known as “King Kenny”, his influence extends far beyond goals scored or trophies won.
Born and raised in Glasgow, the childhood fan of Rangers quickly made his mark at Drumchaper Amateurs and Celtic’s reserve team before Stein sent him to Cumbernauld United to experience English football for himself. So impressive was this Scot that Liverpool snapped him up for an eye-watering club record fee in August 1977!
They formed an unbreakable partnership, electrifying English football during their time at Anfield and topping the league twice while winning three European Cups, seven League Cups and two FA Cups between them.
4. Dani Alves
Dani Alves holds an astonishing 42 trophies in football history. Beginning his professional career at Bahia before making the move to Sevilla where he would go on to claim many championships during his time.
Alves moved on to Barcelona and would add yet more success by winning the Treble twice, six La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey awards before also lifting the Champions League trophy with them.
He has won multiple major honours with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo.
Alves is married to Spanish supermodel Joana Sanz and they share two children together. He is an advocate for Brazil’s newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro, supporting him by posting slogans online in his support.
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5. John Maxwell
Although many do not consider Maxwell one of the greatest left-backs ever, he certainly earned himself plenty of silverware during his 17-year career with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain – winning 37 trophies between all four clubs which puts him joint fourth behind Andres Iniesta in terms of total awards won.
He is widely respected as a leadership expert, author and speaker. Having sold more than 25 million books worldwide since 2004, American Management Association, Business Insider and Inc magazine voted him as their most influential leader of 2014.
He is an evangelical Christian who followed in his father’s footsteps into ministry. After earning his undergraduate degree at Circleville Bible College and master’s from Azusa Pacific University before receiving a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary, he now dedicates himself fully to writing and public speaking.