Another football season is over, with Europe’s top leagues all taking a breather before the action starts again in a few months.
The showpiece of the season, the Champions League final, was won by Real Madrid against Juventus to cap a great season for Los Blancos; they won four trophies in all to make it 84 honours in the history of the Bernabeu club.
Other successful teams include Chelsea, Bayern Munich and beaten European finalists Juve, who all won league titles in their respective countries.
But, which club is Europe’s most successful in terms of trophies won?
It’s not exactly a straightforward question to answer, because opinions differ over what should constitute a trophy.
For example, for some people one-off contests such as the Community Shield have been dismissed when it comes to trophy tallies, but these events – often known as ‘Super Cups’ – appear to be growing in prestige across the continent.
For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, we have included such competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.
Additionally, we have restricted our ranking to clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.
If we left it open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the cream of the cream.
So take a look at the ranking above by clicking the right arrow…
Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).
All statistics correct as of June 8, 2017.