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Rangers, Linfield dominate the list of most league titles by European club

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Scottish giants Rangers and Northern Ireland’s Linfield share the record for most league titles by European club.

The Gers have won the Scottish Premiership a record 55 times, with their recent triumph coming under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard in the 2020-21 season.

Rangers’ title triumph was their first in 10 years, and they went unbeaten in the entire campaign, matching the feat previously achieved by Brendan Rodgers' Celtic in 2016-17.

Linfield, on the other hand, matched Rangers’ tally as they completed a hat-trick of league titles with the 2020-21 NIFL Premiership. It is also the second time the Blues registered a hat-trick of league crowns (2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12).

While the Belfast-based club has 55 league championships in their trophy room, Linfield have won seven titles in the revised tournament.

The top five list further includes Celtic (51), Olympiacos (46) and Benfica (37).

Most league titles by European club

Team Country Titles Last Title Win
Rangers Scotland 55 2020-21
Linfield Northern Ireland 55 2020-21
Celtic Scotland 51 2019-20
Olympiacos Greece 46 2020-21
Benfica Portugal 37 2018-19

Most league titles by European club (Top five leagues)

Juventus holds the record for most league titles by European clubs in the top-five leagues - Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, Premier League and Serie A.

The Bianconeri have lifted the Scudetto 36 times, with their last league success in the 2019-20 season. Juventus won the Serie A a record nine times between 2011-12 and 2019-20 before Inter Milan broke the streak in 2020-21.

Real Madrid are the next club in the list of most successful league teams among Europe’s best. The Los Blancos have won the La Liga a whopping 34 times while they were declared winners of the Spanish league last in 2019-20.

Bayern Munich comes in third with 30 league titles. The Bavarians have failed to win the Bundesliga just three times in the 21 century, having finished runners-up in 2003–04, 2008–09 and 2011–12. Since the 2012-13 campaign, Bayern have won every German championship.

Manchester United (20), Saint Etienne and Marseille (joint 10) complete the top-five list of most league titles by a European club across the top five leagues.

While Man Utd’s last title win came in the final managerial season of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012-13, Marseille’s last Ligue 1 championship was back in 2009–10.

Based on the current standings in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain are set to win a record-equalling 10th title by the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

Most league titles by European club (Top five leagues)

Team Country Titles Last Title Win
Juventus Italy 36 2019-20
Real Madrid Spain 34 2019-20
Bayern Munich Germany 30 2020-21
Manchester United England 20 2012-13
Saint Etienne, Marseille France 10 1980-81 / 2009–10

Author: William Paul

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Featured photo: AFP / IAN MACNICOL

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