Football clubs are stomping grounds for players. They also nurture them and engage them throughout the year. Players also earn a major part of their livelihood from their contracts with clubs. Also, football clubs become major institutions and enjoy massive fan support throughout the world. In terms of revenue, engagement of personnel and global clout, they are not less than any major corporate house.
Football also happens to be the most popular game in the world and therefore, the big clubs enjoy enormous popularity. However, their popularity is not always directly proportional to their success and the brand image of a club also plays a part in deciding their fanbase.
A club’s success is mainly measured by the amount of silverware won by them. Their consistency and the overall greatness of their players are also to be considered while determining their stature. We would now take a look at the 5 greatest football clubs of all time:
5. Manchester United:
Founded in 1878, Manchester United is the greatest English club of all time. The supporters of arch-rivals Liverpool would claim otherwise, but United’s superior consistency puts them ahead of Liverpool. United have won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League 3 times and finished runners-up on 2 more occasions. They have also won the English League title 20 times, the FA cup 12 times and the Intercontinental cup once/
United became a dominant football club in the 1950s under the tutelage of Matt Busby. They lost some players in the Munich air tragedy in 1958, but came back strongly from that disaster to become the leading club in England and Europe. They've had some superb players like Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law and Nobby Styles and won the English league a few times before winning the European Cup in 1968.
United again became dominant in the late 1980s as newly appointed manager Alex Ferguson embarked on an unforgettable journey with the club. Ferguson was the helm of United for 27 years and won 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions Leagues with them. They also won the FA cup 5 times under Ferguson.
United defeated Bayern 2-1 at the Camp Nou after scoring 2 goals in injury time in the 1999 Champions League final. They again defeated Chelsea to win the Champions League in 2008. United were virtually unstoppable in England throughout the major part of 1990s and 2000s with outstanding players like Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.