Some football clubs are bigger than others, even if they haven’t won’t trophies for some time – just ask Liverpool fans.
They may not have won a top flight title since 1990 but their record throughout history and their feats in Europe ensure, including a famous win
in 2005, they are known across the globe from big cities to small towns.
Liverpool players celebrate their last league title win in 1990.
They are just one of the many legendary teams around the world known by those on other continents for their players, their style, and their contribution to the beautiful game.
As part of their attempts
to find the top 30 football clubs in the world, France Football’s experts debated the pros and cons of the great sides.
And now they have announced their top 20 clubs with ‘mythical’ status and there might be a few surprise entries and omissions. See the full list below.
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20= Saint-Etienne (France)
Saint-Etienne line-up in 1970 during their time as one Europe’s elite sides.
20= Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
19. Arsenal (England)
18. Torino (Italy)
17. Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
16. New York Cosmos (United States)
Franz Beckenbauer runs out to play for the Cosmos.
15. Honved (Hungary)
14. Bayern Munich (Germany)
Bayern stars celebrate winning the 1975 European Cup.
13. River Plate (Argentina)
12. Inter Milan (Italy)
Giacinto Facchetti celebrates Internazionale’s World Club Championship win in 1964.
11. AC Milan (Italy)
10. Celtic (Scotland)
Celtic’s Lisbon Lions who defeated Inter Milan in the 1967 European Cup final.
9. Juventus (Italy)
Juventus players, including Fabrizio Ravanelli, celebrate winning the Champions League.
8. Benfica (Portugal)
A Benfica player stops an almost-certain goal to help them win the 1961 European Cup final.
7. Santos (Brazil)
Brazil legend Pele started his career at Santos.
6. Barcelona (Spain)
Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta celebrate winning the Champions League.
5. Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Diego Maradona had two spells with the Argentine giants.
4. Manchester United (England)
The Red Devils won a famous treble in 1999.
3. Liverpool (England)
Liverpool players celebrate winning the 1981 European Cup.
2. Real Madrid (Spain)
Raymond Kopa and Alfredo Di Stefano celebrate winning the 1957 European Cup.
1. Ajax (Netherlands)
The Ajax squad with the European Cup they won in 1972, the second of three successive triumphs in the competition. The 1970s team had a huge influence on the game.