Real Madrid steal crown as most successful football club of all-time from El Clasico rivals Barcelona


Real Madrid have officially overtaken Barcelona as the most successful club of all-time – without winning a game.

The Catalan giants had previously held the title with their many gongs including 24 La Liga titles, 29 Copa Del Reys and five European Cups.

But after FIFA said it officially recognised the winners of the Intercontinental Cup, which was staged between 1960 and 2004, as club world champions Real overtook them.

The competition was usually played between the winners of the European Cup and South America’s Copa Libertadores but was dogged by violence, disagreements over the format and disinterest from European teams. Liverpool, for example, refused to play Argentina’s Boca Juniors in 1977 and 1978.


Real won the now defunct tournament in 1960, 1998 and 2002, beating Penarol, Vasco De Gama and Olimpia respectively.

Los Blancos have 33 Spanish league titles, 19 Copa Del Rey crowns and an incredible 12 European Cup championships to go along side their world titles.

Earlier this week, Manchester United were retrospectively named world club champions for their 1-0 victory over Palmeiras in 1999.