Since the origin of the game, a number of footballers have embraced the game with their talent and skills. Some brought glory to their teams and themselves. An individual can make a difference at a certain moment. But in the end what counts and matters is the collective effort and success of the team. Some won a large number of trophies and brought glory to their teams. While some settled for a few in their cabinet. Here we have created a list of top 10 football players with biggest trophy collection to pay those greats a tribute for their efforts for their respective clubs, countries, and towards the football itself. There is no surprise that the list is dominated by Manchester United and FC Barcelona players. Both the teams dominated the football world in the past 2 decades and won the most number of trophies.
Top 10 Football Players with Biggest Trophy Collection
10. Paul Scholes
The Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is the player with 10th most number trophies in football. During his 21 year spell with the English club, Scholes successfully won 28 trophies. The most notable from his cabinet are 11 Barclays Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 2 UEFA Champions League, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. Despite being a defensive midfielder, Scholes was a very keen finisher. He has scored 155 goals in his 718 appearances for the club. A true footballing legend indeed.
9. Xavi Hernandez
The world cup winner Spaniard Xavi Hernandez have the same number of trophies as that of Paul Scholes. Barcelona and Manchester United have a lot of history down the years as they faced each other in Champions League a number of times. The difference between Scholes’ and Xavi’s cabinet is that Xavi also won 3 major trophies with the country. While Scholes couldn’t manage even a single trophy with England. Xavi’s most important trophies include 4 UEFA Champions League, 3 Copa Del Rey, 8 La Liga, 1 World Cup, 2 Euros and 2 FIFA Club World Cup.
Is there anyone who loves football but doesn’t know who Pele is? Probably no one because the name Pele is analogous to football. Although he is at the 8th spot, he has a record to win World Cup 3 times. No other player in the history has ever been able to do so. He is considered as the greatest of all time by a large number of people. Well, in terms of trophies, Pele accumulated 29 club and international trophies. He was a great player but never played in Europe who has the most competitive football.
7. Gerrard Pique
The La Masia graduate Gerrard Pique was a part of Sir SAex Ferguson’s Manchester United in is early days of the career. He established himself as a promising center back and caught the eye of Barcelona’s newly arrived coach Pep Guardiola. Since then, what Barcelona has achieved is not hidden. Apart from club football, Pique won significant trophies with Spanish national team as well. He has won a total of 30 trophies including 2 Euros, 1 FIFA World Cup, 1 Premier League, 3 UEFA Champions League, 6 La Ligas and 3 FIFA Club World Cup.
6. Lionel Messi
With an equal tally is a team-mate of Gerrard Pique, none other than the great Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi played for Barcelona 4 years more than Gerrard Pique and accumulated more trophies with Barcelona. But Pique equals the tally with the trophies he won with Spain and Manchester United. Messi’s most significant trophies consist 8 La Ligas, 4 UEFA Champions League, and 3 Copa Del Rey.
5. Gary Neville
On the 5th spot of our countdown of the top 10 football players with biggest trophy collections is Gary Neville. Neville was part of Manchester United’s golden generation. He accumulated a total of 31 trophies including 2 UEFA Champions League and 8 Premier League titles.
4. Andres Iniesta
Barcelona’s number 8 is considered one of the best midfielders ever in the game. Although he is 32 years old but he doesn’t seem to be thinking of retirement anytime soon. Because he is still capable of a lot. He has won a total of 32 trophies with FC Barcelona and Spanish national team. Major among his collection is World Cup, 2 Euro cups, 4 UEFA Champions League and 8 La Ligas.
3. Dani Alves
Alves surpassed Pele as the most successful Brazilian player in 2015. He has won a total of 33 trophies and might end up in the first place after his career ends.
2. Vitor Baia
On the second place of the list of top 10 football players with biggest trophy collection is Vitor Baia. Vitor played successful spells, both at Barcelona and FC Porto accumulating 35 trophies. He won 10 Portuguese leagues and 1 UEFA Champions League as well.
1. Ryan Giggs
In comes the Welshman Ryan Giggs. Giggs was a team-mate of Paul Scholes and Gery Neville. He also belonged to the golden generation of Manchester United. Giggs has the most number of trophies won by a player on the team level. He won a total of 36 trophies during his 24 years spell at Manchester United. Only players that have a chance to surpass his trophy tally are Lionel Messi, Gerrard Pique, Dani Alves, and Andres Iniesta. Maybe in near future, Neymar might be included in the list of top 10 football players with biggest trophy collection. But at the moment, only those 3 players could surpass the Welsh legends.