Objectively Ranking the Most Successful European Football Clubs

TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUBS

1. Real Madrid – 325 pts.
Real Madrid have won the European championship 13 times, including five consecutive times between 1956 and 1960. The Spanish club has also won more recently three consecutive times from 2016 to 2018. In addition, the team has been runners-up on three occasions.

2. Bayern Munich – 180 pts.
Bayern Munich have won the European championship 5 times and were runners-up 5 other times. Its most recent championship was in 2013. The German club also won three consecutive times between 1974 and 1976.

3. FC Barcelona – 154 pts.
Barcelona have won the European championship 5 times and were runners-up 3 other times. Four of these championships have been won since 2006. The Spanish club also won in 1992.

4. AC Milan – 153 pts.
Milan have won the European championship seven times, more than any other club except Real Madrid. The Italian club also were runners-up four times. However, the team has not made it to the championship game in over a decade now.

5. Liverpool FC – 139 pts.
Liverpool are the most successful English club. They have won six European championships, with the most recent coming in 2019. The team’s success has been spread out over time, winning titles in five different decades.

FULL LIST OF THE TOP 50 CLUBS

1 Real Madrid 325
2 Bayern Munich 180
3 FC Barcelona 154
4 AC Milan 153
5 Liverpool FC 139
6 Juventus FC 121
7 Manchester United 111
8 SL Benfica 104
9 AFC Ajax 103
10 Inter Milan 87
11 FC Porto 63
12 Chelsea FC 53
13 Celtic FC 46
14 Olympique Lyonnais 45
15 Atlético Madrid 45
16 Borussia Dortmund 44
17 Red Star Belgrade 43
18 PSV Eindhoven 39
19 Steaua Bucureşti 34
20 Olympique de Marseille 33
21 Arsenal FC 33
22 Nottingham Forest 32
23 Hamburger SV 29
24 RSC Anderlecht 29
25 Dynamo Kyiv 29
26 AS Monaco 28
27 Panathinaikos FC 25
28 Feyenoord Rotterdam 25
29 CSKA Sofia 24
30 Valencia CF 23
31 AC Roma 22
32 Stade Reims 19
33 Aston Villa 18
34 Galatasaray SK 18
35 IFK Göteborg 17
36 Borussia Mönchengladbach 16
37 Leeds United 16
38 Rapid Wien 16
39 Bayer Leverkusen 16
40 Tottenham Hotspur 15
41 Club Brugge 15
42 AS Saint-Étienne 15
43 FK Partizan 14
44 Dukla Prague 14
45 Paris Saint-Germain 14
46 Spartak Moscow 13
47 Rangers FC 13
38 Dinamo Bucureşti 13
49 Austria Wien 13
50 Standard Liège 13

Uses the final 16 teams in the UEFA champions league (1993-present) and its forerunner the European Cup (1955-1992), this list compiles the Top 50 most successful football clubs in Europe.

Updated as of 09/27/2019

POINTS RUBRIC

16 pts – European champion
8 pts – Runner-up
4 pts – Semi-final loser
2 pts – Quarter-final loser
1 pt – Final 16

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