If there’s one sport who produced legends and legacies, that would be football. These football players have contributed immensely to their respective clubs, and the entire league recognized them for their contributions and dedication.
Here are the football legends whose legacy is winning medals and trophies—the laurels that are solid proof of being the sport’s greatest of all time.
10) Xavi, 31 trophies
Xavi is a Spanish midfielder who played for Barcelona throughout most of his professional career. He won every title he could win. For instance, he collected four championship titles with Blaugrana. When he left Barcelona for Al Sadd, a Qatari football club, he went on to obtain three more titles. He also played with his national team and won the UEFA Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
9) Kenny Dalglish, 31 trophies
Dalglish is one of the greatest British players in football history, playing for Celtic and Liverpool. He had a stellar career playing not just in the UK, but for European football as well. Dalglish is a proud owner of European Cups, Football League First Division titles and Premier Division titles. His last two titles he achieved as a player-manager.
8) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31 trophies
Although he has yet to play for the Premier League, Ibrahimovic has played in many leagues including Italy, France, England, Spain, and the Netherlands. He won on each of these leagues, earning not just the accolades, but also the fan base.
7) Gerard Pique, 32 trophies
Pique has been winning titles consistently since he played with Manchester United. He continued the winning streak when he was with Barcelona. He is still actively playing football which means a higher chance of winning more titles.
6) Maxwell, 33 trophies
Maxwell does not always appear on lists of most celebrated football players, but he still managed to win titles because of playing for the right clubs at the right moment. He has Serie A, La Liga Barcelona, and Ligue 1 titles as well as a Champions League title. He works side by side with Ibrahimovic.
5) Andres Iniesta, 33 trophies
Iniesta performs very well as a midfielder. He was instrumental for all the successes that Barcelona achieved, along with Lionel Messi and Xavi. He left Barcelona as a legend. Today, he was playing for Vissel Kobe, a Japanese club, where he is expected to win more trophies.
4) Ryan Giggs, 34 trophies
Giggs is one of the most respected football players worldwide because of the immense talent he showcases every time he plays. It’s with Manchester United where he won most of his trophies which include 13 league titles and a FIFA Club World Cup.
3) Lionel Messi, 35 trophies
Messi is the best football player ever winning all his trophies for Barcelona except one. He has an Olympic gold medal that he earned when playing for his national team, Argentina. Since he is still active, he may collect more trophies in the next seasons.
2) Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, 36 trophies
A Ukranian goalkeeper, Shovkovskiy stayed with Dynamo Kyiv throughout his professional career. This is where he earned all the titles and made his club the most important in his country.
1) Dani Alves, 42 trophies
Despite his age (36 years), Alves is showing no signs of slowing down. He has his best years with Barcelona where he won a total of 23 titles. He also played for the Brazilian national team.