Which are the 10 most successful Spanish soccer clubs based on trophies?

Which are the 10 most successful Spanish soccer clubs based on trophies?

Steve Njuguna
updated at July 19, 2023 at 4:17 AM
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Spain's top-flight league, La Liga, is one of the most popular leagues in the world. Over the years, some teams in the league have dominated the scene more than others and have won many plaudits. Today, we delve into the most successful Spanish soccer clubs.

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From left, Real Madrid players Nacho and Modric hold up the 2022/23 Copa Del Rey trophy after beating Osasuna in the final on May 6th 2023. Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP
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Spain's top-flight league consists of 20 teams that compete for the title every season. The bottom three teams at the end of a league campaign are relegated to the second tier, while the top 3 teams in the second tier are promoted to La Liga/

Which is the best team in Spain?

The two most popular La Liga clubs are Barcelona and Real Madrid. The two have enjoyed a decades-long rivalry and have created passionate fanbases worldwide due to their superstar players. Some big names to have played for those two teams include Luis Figo and Ronaldo Nazario De Lima.

Which Spanish soccer club has the most trophies?

Real Madrid have won a total of 126 trophies in their history. They have won 69 domestic trophies, including a record 35 La Liga titles. Internationally the club has won 29 trophies, including a record 14 European Cup titles and eight club world championships. They are widely regarded as the most successful club side in Europe.

Is Real Madrid better than Barcelona?

In terms of the sheer volume of trophies, Real Madrid has more than Barcelona, with Los Blancos having 126 major trophies and Barcelona having 99 major titles. However, both teams tend to fight for all available titles, and in the modern era, they have exchanged dynasties.

Is Barcelona the best team in Spain?

Barcelona usurped Real Madrid to the 2022/23 La Liga title in style, beating their fierce rivals by 10 points. The achievement saw Barca gain their 27th La Liga title, a feat only surpassed by Madrid, who have 35.

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Barcelona celebrate their 2022/23 La Liga triumph with their fans at the Spotify Camp Nou stadium. Photo by David Ramos
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The top 10 most successful Spanish clubs based on trophies

This list includes teams that have won major trophies. This includes La Liga titles, Copa Del Rey titles, Spanish Super Cup titles, UEFA titles, and FIFA tournaments.

10. Espanyol

Espanyol is popularly known for being Barcelona's city rivals. Their proximity has led the derby between these two teams to be termed the 'Catalunya Derby'. Espanyol boasts 4 Copa Del Rey titles, the last in 2006.

9. Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad is one of the Basque region's biggest clubs, alongside Athletic Bilbao. The club has two La Liga trophies and two Copa Del Rey trophies.

Real Sociedad win the Copa Del Rey
Real Sociedad celebrate winning the 2021 Copa Del Rey final. Photo by Ander Gillenea / AFP
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8. Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo La Coruna hail from the Galician region of Spain. The club had a golden generation in the 90s, winning La Liga in 1999-2000. They also have two Copa Del Rey titles and three Spanish Supercup titles.

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Deportivo during a Champions League game in 2000. Photo by Phil Cole /Allsport
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7. Real Zaragoza

Zaragoza is based in the Aragon region of Spain. The team has won six Copa Del Rey titles in its history as well as one Spanish SuperCup. Internationally, Zaragoza has won the UEFA Cup winners cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

6. Sevilla

Sevilla hail from the Andalusian region. They are well known for being the best team in the history of the Europa League, winning the trophy on seven different occasions. They also have one UEFA Supercup title, one league title and 5 Copa Del Rey titles.

Sevilla win the Europa League
Sevilla players celebrate after winning the 2022/23 Europa League final. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhot
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5. Valencia

Valencia is one of Europe's most popular sides. They have won La Liga six times, the last in 2004. They also have eight Copa Del Rey titles and one Spanish Super Cup. In Europe, they have one UEFA Cup, one European Cup Winners Cup, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and two UEFA Super Cups.

Valencia celebrate the Copa Del Rey
Valencia celebrate winning the 2018/19 Copa Del Rey title against Barcelona. Photo by Quality Sport Images
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4. Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid is the second of Madrid's two big clubs alongside Real Madrid. They have been one of La Liga's most consistent teams in the last decade, challenging Barcelona and Madrid every season. They have 11 La Liga titles, 10 Copa Del Rey titles and two Spanish Super Cups. Internationally, they have won the Europa League twice, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup, three UEFA Super Cups and one Intercontinental Cup.

3. Athletic Bilbao

Bilbao is known for the policy of only signing players born in the Basque region. Athletic has won 8 La Liga trophies and a whopping 23 Copa Del Rey titles. The team also has three Spanish Supercup titles.

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Athletic Bilbao fans during a home game in the 2022/23 season. Photo by Cesar Ortiz / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport
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2. Barcelona

Barcelona is a globally acclaimed club due to its success over the years. The team has been home to iconic players such as Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff and Luis Suarez. Barcelona has won 99 major titles so far, with the most notable being 27 La Liga titles,31 Copa Del Rey titles,14 Spanish Super Cups,3 FIFA Club World Cups and 5 UEFA Champions League trophies.

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Former Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets lifts the 2022/23 La Liga trophy at the Camp Nou. Photo By Europa Press
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1. Real Madrid

Real Madrid is the most successful team in the history of Spanish football. Some big players to play for the team include Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo Nazario, Roberto Carlos, and Raul. They have a record 35 La Liga titles and 14 European Cups. They also have 20 Copa Del Rey titles and 12 Spanish Super Cup titles, and 8 Intercontinental titles.

Real Madrid win the Copa Del Rey
Real Madrid players celebrate after winning the 2022/23 Copa Del Rey final against Osasuna. Photo by Antonio Pozo / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport
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Spanish soccer clubs are known globally for their flair and quality players. Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the scene, but other clubs like Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have also seen widespread success recently.

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Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.