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10 managers with most titles in the 21st century

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A manager is an essential component of the beautiful game but relies on his players to execute his plans to perfection. However, as has been seen with the best managers in the world, they can propel players to extraordinary levels and hone their skills in accordance with what's best suited for the player and team.

A good manager gets the best out of the collective. Every manager on the list has varied playing styles, and despite popular opinion, there is no one right way to play the game. As Sam Allardyce puts it, "All this tippy tappy stuff everybody keeps going on about as the right way to play football is all a load of bollocks."

Ten managers with the most titles since the turn of the century

Through various types of gameplays and a host of new tactics, these managers have achieved immense success in their careers, winning some of the biggest titles in the game.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at the ten managers with the most titles since the turn of the century:

#10 Arsene Wenger | 14 titles

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsenal's longest-standing and most successful manager, Arsene Wenger, the current FIFA Director of Development, oversaw one of the club's most successful periods in the modern game.

Wenger's most memorable achievement at the Emirates was the league title in the 2003-04 season, assembling 'The Invincibles'.

The famed team went unbeaten all season, winning 26 games and drawing 12. The Invincibles boasted the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Patrick Viera, to name a few.

Despite Arsenal's struggles in the latter part of Wenger's managerial career, the Gunners were among the most consistent teams in the Premier League. Between 1998-99 and 2016-17, the Gunners achieved Champions League qualification in 19 successive seasons, reaching the final in 2005.


#9 Jorge Jesus | 14 titles

Jorge Jesus (right)
Jorge Jesus (right)

Current Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has enjoyed a successful spell across a host of clubs in Europe, South America and even Asia. The Portuguese has been at the helm of Portugal's top clubs - Sporting CP and Benfica and has also managed Brazil's Flamengo and Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal Riyadh, to name a few.

Jesus has enjoyed his most successful spell at Benfica, though. Before the manager's arrival, Benfica managed to win only two Liga titles in 17 years.

But in six years at the helm, Jesus led Benfica to ten titles, including three Ligas, and moulded the likes of Angel Di Maria, Nemanja Matic, David Luiz, Fabio Coentrao and Ramires, to name a few.

The 66-year old also had a magical time during his Brazilian adventure, helping Flamengo lift the prestigious Copa Libertadores de America - their first title in the competition in 38 years.


#8 Laurent Blanc | 15 titles

Laurent Blanc
Laurent Blanc

Former PSG manager Laurent Blanc has won 15 major titles during his illustrious managerial career. Blanc was also at the helm of the French national team for two years.

Currently, at Al-Rayyan in the Qatar Stars League, Blanc was at the peak of his managerial career back home in Paris.

Blanc, who played for the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Manchester United in his playing days, kicked off his managerial career at Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux. The 55-year old went to coach the French national team after the debacle in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Laurent Blanc won most of his 15 titles during his time at PSG, winning three Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue titles, along with two Coupe de France honours.

#7 David Jeffrey | 16 titles

David Jefferey
David Jefferey

One of the lesser-known names on our list, David Jeffrey, has made a tremendous impact in Northern Irish football.

The current Ballymena United manager won all 16 titles with his former club, Linfield FC, who dominated the Northern Irish league at the time.

Jeffrey guided Linfield to nine Northern Ireland Premier League titles and seven Northern Irish Cups in almost two decades at the club. The 58-year old has played a massive role in Linfield's dominance of modern Irish football and will always remain a part of Linfield's folklore.


#6 Sir Alex Ferguson | 20 titles

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson great won 20 titles since the turn of the century. He won over 20 titles in the 20th century, including ten at Aberdeen.

Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the greatest manager of the modern footballing era, making his name at Aberdeen FC and the Scottish national team before flourishing at Old Trafford.

The current Manchester United board member started off his managerial career in 1974 with East Sterling before moving to Aberdeen. Sir Alex Ferguson went on to win four Scottish Cups and three Scottish Championships.

Ferguson's illustrious career at Manchester United included a record 13 Premier League titles and a European treble in the 1998-99 season.


#5 Carlo Ancelotti | 20 titles

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti

Current Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been one of the most successful at his craft in modern football. He has managed some of Europe's best clubs like AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti's managerial career began when he took over the role of assistant manager in the Italian national team. He was then appointed the head coach at Parma after a brief spell at another Italian club, Reggiana.

Juventus was Ancelotti's first major appointment. He subsequently went on to win the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1 titles. The Italian has also won three Champions League trophies at two different clubs - AC Milan and Real Madrid - joining a select group of managers to have done so.


#4 Ramon Tribulietx | 21 titles

Ramon Tribulietx
Ramon Tribulietx

Along with David Jeffrey, Ramon Tribulietx is one of the lesser-known names in our list, having spent most of his managerial career in New Zealand.

Born in Barcelona, Tribulietx made the trip Down Under to pursue his dream of a career in football after obtaining the 'B' Coaching License.

The Spaniard started off as the assistant manager of Auckland City in 2008-09 and progressed up the ranks to the managerial position in two years. Tribulietx has enjoyed a trophy-laden time Down Under, winning three New Zealand Football Championship titles and seven Oceania Champions League trophies.

#3 Jose Mourinho | 25 titles

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

From one of the lesser-known managers, we go on to one of the more famous ones - Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has been instrumental in developing novel tactics in the modern age and is one of the finest brains in the game.

Many idolise the 'Special One', while some hate his footballing ideology and style of play. But one cannot ignore the charismatic presence of Jose Mourinho.

The 58-year old has won a title at every club he's been at, barring his latest assignment at Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese achieved the impossible by leading minnows Porto to the 2003-04 Champions League title and won the competition with Inter Milan as part of a treble in 2009-10.

Mourinho was also Chelsea's most successful manager, in two different spells at the club - winning a Premier League title in both his stints.


#2 Mircea Lucescu | 28 titles

Mircea Lucescu
Mircea Lucescu

Former Inter Milan manager Mircea Lucescu has assumed the managerial reins at 13 different clubs and two national teams, enjoying a trophy-laden 33-year managerial career.

Lucescu was arguably at his peak during the 12 years he spent at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he led the club to every available domestic trophy and the Europa League (then called the UEFA Cup).

One of Lucescu's most famous scalps was Real Madrid at the turn of the century when he propelled Galatasaray to the UEFA Super Cup title. In his illustrious career, the Romanian has laid hands on 14 league titles and ten domestic cups.

The current Dynamo Kyiv manager has travelled across Romania, Turkey, Italy, Russia and Ukraine, leading some of the top clubs like Inter Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Galatasaray and Besiktas, to name a few.


#1 Pep Guardiola | 30 titles

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Unsurprisingly, Pep Guardiola has been the most successful manager of the century, with a whopping 30 titles in his trophy cabinet. No one can deny the enormous impact he has had in modern football, especially during his time at Barcelona.

The Manchester City manager started off as a student of one of football's greatest minds, Johan Cruyff, and adopted his revolutionary total-possession footballing ideology. Adapting it to meet modern football's demands, tiki-taka completely changed the landscape of Spanish football, establishing Barcelona's dominance in his years at the club.

Guardiola took over the reins at Camp Nou in 2008-09 and won the famed European treble in his first season at the club. By the end of 2009, he had won all six available trophies in a calendar year - La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Champions League, Supercopa De Espana, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Pep Guardiola became the first manager in history to achieve this remarkable feat and went on to win 14 titles in four years at the club.

The Spaniard is in good stead to win his third Champions League title, with Manchester City taking a 2-1 lead against PSG ahead of their semi-final second leg at the Etihad next week.

Before joining Manchester City, Guardiola also had a successful spell with Bayern Munich.

Edited by Bhargav
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