• Top lists

TOP 7 Legends of Multiple Clubs

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
© Ace Football

In football’s rich tapestry, certain clubs stand as bastions of greatness, shaped by the brilliance of their iconic players. Join us as we unveil the top 7 icons of two or more club dynasties, each name representing an indelible mark in the history of the beautiful game.

7. Pepe: The Portuguese Rock of Defense

Pepe, the legendary Portuguese defender, has had an illustrious career that spans several top clubs in Europe. He began his professional journey at FC Porto, the club that, at the time, was the reigning champion with the much-coveted European trophy. Pepe made his debut in the major European competition playing against CSKA Moscow. With Porto, he won the Portuguese league title twice in a row before moving to Real Madrid, where he spent ten magnificent years. At Real Madrid, he transformed into one of the best defenders of the early century.

Returning to Porto in the twilight of his career, Pepe claimed two additional championship titles, placing him fifth in the all-time appearances for the ‘Dragons.’ In the current season, he set two age-related records: becoming the oldest footballer to play in the Portuguese championship throughout its history and the oldest outfield player in the Champions League. His enduring legacy extends to two powerhouses of European soccer: Real Madrid and FC Porto, making him a true legend of the sport.

6. Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani: The Uruguayan Icons of Barcelona, Liverpool, Napoli, and PSG

This entry features two players from Uruguay who have left indelible marks on some of the world’s top soccer clubs. Luis Suárez, renowned for his prolific scoring career at Barcelona and Liverpool, attained legendary status with 82 goals in 133 games for the English club, nearly leading them to a much-awaited league title. After moving to Barcelona, Suárez continued his remarkable form, winning numerous trophies, including the Champions League, and was the sole recipient of the European Golden Shoe on multiple occasions.

Edinson Cavani’s success was no less impressive. During his three years at Napoli, Cavani scored an incredible 104 goals in 138 matches, winning the club its first major trophy since Maradona’s era—the Coppa Italia. Cavani continued his goalscoring exploits after his transfer to PSG, becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer until recently overtaken by Mbappé. With PSG, Cavani secured six league titles and an aggregate of 21 trophies, becoming one of the most decorated players in the club’s history.

5. Ronaldo “The Phenomenon”: The Magical Striker of Inter and Real Madrid

Ronaldo, known by his nickname “O Fenômeno” (“The Phenomenon”), is celebrated for his magical football skills, especially during his time at Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Ronaldo gained prominence through his powerful runs with the ball seemingly glued to his feet. His stunning speed and close control appeared no less than sorcery to fans. Winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player of the Year award, he left an indelible mark on European football.

After an impressive stint at Barcelona, Ronaldo moved to Inter, where he continued to demonstrate his scoring prowess, earning a second nickname, “Il Fenomeno,” by scoring 59 goals in 99 appearances. His success in Italy was complemented by his contribution to Inter’s victory in the UEFA Cup, where he showcased his abilities regardless of pitch conditions. Ronaldo transcended his legacy to Real Madrid, forming part of the famed “Galácticos.” Even after major knee injuries, he scored 103 goals in 177 games, along with 35 assists. One of his most memorable moments was a hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford, earning applause from opposing fans.

4. Robert Lewandowski: The Scorcher of Munich and Dortmund

Robert Lewandowski rose to prominence with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, becoming a legend for both Bundesliga giants. The Polish striker’s scoring ability was pivotal in Dortmund’s domestic success, earning him the title of the team’s top scorer and spearheading their victory in the German Cup. His crucial goal against Bayern Munich proved decisive in the league race. In Dortmund, Lewandowski scored an impressive hat-trick in the national cup final against Bayern, highlighting his exceptional talent.

After moving to Munich, Lewandowski’s prowess was undeniable. In eight years, he won the Bundesliga’s top scorer award six times, scoring over 40 goals in some seasons. His consistent performance saw him netting an average of nearly one goal per game. He narrowly missed surpassing the legendary Gerd Müller in the historical scorers’ list. His accolades include two Golden Boots and a significant contribution to Bayern’s Champions League triumph in the pandemic-affected season. Remarkably, he holds the Bundesliga record for most goals against his former club, Dortmund, showcasing his prowess on the European stage.

3. Andriy Shevchenko: The Ukrainian Dynamo and Milan Maestro

Andriy Shevchenko’s exceptional skill was honed at Dynamo Kyiv, where he became a star. His performances in the Champions League, particularly against Barcelona, caught the attention of Europe. Shevchenko’s move to AC Milan marked the beginning of an illustrious chapter in his career, where he quickly became the toast of Serie A. His immediate impact was seen as he became the league’s top scorer in his debut season, later playing a crucial role in Milan’s Champions League victory by scoring in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and securing the final penalty

Shevchenko’s influence extended beyond the field, as he took home the Ballon d’Or in 2004. Over eight seasons at Milan, he earned a multitude of individual awards and became the club’s second-highest goal scorer. His career came full circle when he returned to Dynamo Kyiv to win another trophy, solidifying his status not only as a Rossoneri legend but also as one of the finest forwards of his generation.

2. Lionel Messi: The Argentine Maestro of Barcelona and Paris

Lionel Messi, often regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, made his mark at FC Barcelona. His extraordinary vision, ball control, and scoring finesse led Barcelona to multiple domestic and European triumphs. A six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi’s individual brilliance was matched by his ability to inspire the team to greater heights, forming unforgettable partnerships with teammates such as Xavi, Iniesta, and Suárez. His records at Barcelona are unparalleled, with numerous La Liga and Champions League titles to his name.

Messi’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has been a fresh challenge in the latter part of his career. Adapting to a new league and teammates, Messi continues to demonstrate his unique talents, adapting and excelling regardless of the setting. His influence extends beyond the pitch, with his presence contributing to PSG’s pursuit of domestic dominance and European glory.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: The Portuguese Powerhouse of Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has established himself as one of the most dominant forces in football’s modern era, with a career spanning across Europe’s elite clubs. Ronaldo’s remarkable journey began at Sporting Lisbon and ascended at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance. His raw talent was sculpted into world-class potential, contributing to United’s Premier League and Champions League success. His subsequent move to Real Madrid marked a period of extraordinary personal and club achievements, including multiple Ballon d’Or awards and Champions League titles, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer.

At Juventus, Ronaldo continued his goal-scoring legacy, swiftly adapting to Serie A and securing league titles. Beyond his individual accolades, Ronaldo’s leadership and determination have inspired his teammates and fans worldwide, showcasing an unwavering commitment to excellence. His return to Manchester United reaffirms his enduring influence and ambition to succeed at the highest levels of the sport.