If you ask any football fan which is the best 11 in history, it may coincide almost unanimously with others, even if they are from different teams. Mythical players like Maradona, di Stefano or Cruyff are fixed on all lists. Not to mention Pele and others. All of them marked a before and after in this sport.
With what there is not so much unanimity is with the best team of all time. It is true that FIFA has a ranking which shows which team has won the most titles, although for many this is not a really determining factor, but one of many that have to be analyzed as a whole. Some bet to include other parameters, such as the individual titles of their stars.
This time we are not going to get wet. We will only review some of the most relevant achievements of the 5 teams that are placed in the top positions of all the world lists, with variations between who occupies what position.
The Real Madrid of Di Stefano
Qualified by FIFA as the best team of the twentieth century and the world, the club in which he played “The blonde arrow” was the first that made a deep impression in Europe for his way of playing. In addition to the Argentine, other myths of Spanish football like Gento, Puskas or Kopa played.
Throughout the 10 years in which Di Stefano was the leader of the team, many titles were achieved, although it was between 1956 and 1960 when Real Madrid can be classified as a legend, since it was done consecutively with all the European Cups, in addition to two Leagues and an Intercontinental. The Copa del Rey, which at that time received another name, is not among the titles won during that time, although it does have a Latin Cup, which was played by the winners of the Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese league.
The Madrid of Di Stefano also does not have any Super Cup in its medal winners, neither from Spain nor from Europe, since these did not exist at that time.
The Saints of Pele
He who for many is the best player of all time spent 15 years of his sporting life at Santos, who also had his 5 years of glory and undisputed leadership position. Curiously, it was after the Spanish team, since between 1961 and 1965 they won 4 São Paulo Cups, 5 Brazilian leagues, 3 Rio-Sao Paulo, 2 Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups.
That is the best period in history for Santos, who has won more titles but not at the pace he did during that time.
Ajax by Johan Cruyff
At the beginning of the 70s the total football of the Dutch team commanded by Cruyff, a player who grew up in his quarry, won 3 consecutive European Cups, 2 leagues, 2 Dutch Cups, 1 Intercontinental and 1 European Super Cup.
The one in the Netherlands (not in the Netherlands) was nourished for many years by Ajax players, including Cruyff, although he did not make team successes replicate in international competitions despite the fact that the game system was almost traced
Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan
The Italian Calcio owes a lot to Milan of Sacchi, who in the 80s and 90s was the undisputed leader in Europe with his particular style of play. As a player he never became professional, but as a coach, he led his team to win a league, an Italian Super Cup, 2 European Cups, another 2 Super Cups, and 2 Intercontinental.
Milan has continued to win more titles when Capello picked it up, but fans remember the Sacchi team as the best one ever.
A curious fact is that in the ranks of Milan militated a distant relative of Gianluigi Buffon, one of the 10 best goalkeepers in history, although the latter has been one of his great rivals
Pep Guardiola FC Barcelona
Finally, although not for lack of merit but for being the last in time to reach the list, it is Barça de Guardiola. In 3 years he won 13 official titles: 3 Leagues and 3 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Champions and 2 European Super Cups, 1 Copa del Rey and 2 Club World Cups.
In 2009 he won the “sextete”, which consists of winning all possible official competitions in a single season. No other team has managed to do the same in a single year, so some bet on this as the best without a doubt. It is true that before there were not so many official competitions, but the deed is impressive.
Now it’s your turn to decide who is the best soccer team of all time?