The argument for the best football club of all time is a serious discussion to have. There are a lot of football clubs in the world who may hold that distinction, although within a country, it’s easy to see which football clubs may be the best. There is simply no proven way to tell which football club in the world is the greatest.
Scotland has Rangers FC and Celtic, England has Manchester United and Liverpool. Here are some of the best of the best in the world.
Rangers FC (Scotland)
While it may have faced serious issues in the past year, the Gers have actually held 54 titles in Scottish football. The only club that comes close is rivals Celtic FC with an astonishing 42 titles fueled by their recent wins. Together, the clubs account for 96 of the Scotland Premiership’s disputed titles, a rather lofty reputation to have.
Linfield (N. Ireland)
In Irish football, the kings of the past have been Linfield. With 110 seasons under their belt, they’ve collected 50 titles through those seasons. Making life a little harder for them is Glentoran with 23 chips to their name. The amount of attention these two have brought to Northern Ireland is good for 73 titles from their own League.
Latin American football has always been a force to reckon with. The top club in Uruguay is Penarol, with a whopping 45 chips since their founding 107 seasons ago. Nacional comes close to their heels with 43 titles, 2 short of Penarol’s record. It’s only a matter of time before Nacional catches up, but for now, their combined titles amount to 89.
Olimpia Asuncion (Paraguay)
At the top of Paraguay’s Primera Divicion league titles is Olimpia Asuncion with 40 chips. Their claim to fame in history is six of these titles came from winning back-to-back-to-back. The only club to come close is Certo Porteno. The club, however, fails to hold a candle, worth only 28 titles. Both clubs have brought 67 titles from their league.
Greece is notable to have produced some of the best football in the world. Spearheading this charge is Greek side Olympiacos who have 44 titles in 75 seasons. Six of those titles came from undefeated seasons; the only club to ever come close to catching up is Panathinaikos with 20 titles, one of those coming from an undefeated season.
History may prove the true victors of football but time can only tell up to when they’ll be able to enjoy that. Regardless, there is a certain prestige to becoming the best football club of the world—bringing glory and honor to your country is a welcome bonus.