A multiple-winner badge is awarded to teams that have won the UEFA Champions League three times in a row or five times overall. Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Milan, Liverpool, and Barcelona are the six teams who have received this honor. The first four clubs won their third consecutive title between 2007 and 2011.
Real Madrid became the first club to win the UEFA Champions League for an eighth time on 23 May 2011 when they defeated Atlético Madrid 4–1 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. They were able to defend their title successfully the following year by winning the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage over rivals Barcelona. In between, they also won the 2010–11 season of the UEFA Europa League. As winners of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, Real Madrid qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup. They made it to the final where they lost 3–0 to Brazilian side Santos FC.
Ajax became the second club to win the UEFA Champions League three times in a row when they beat Juventus 4–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the San Siro stadium in Milan on 25 April 2015. They had already won the competition in 1992 and 1993. During the course of these three seasons, they also won the Eredivisie eight times, the most out of any other club.
The UEFA Champions League is a season-long football competition that began in 1955.
No club has been able to win four consecutive Champions Leagues, although Liverpool managed to win three in a row from 2005 to 2007. The last team to do so was Real Madrid from 1999 to 2001.
Only two clubs have been able to win five straight Champions Leagues: Real Madrid from 1957 to 1961 and 1966 to 1971, and Barcelona from 2009 to 2013. Both of these clubs are known as "galácticos" because they include several global icons in their squad. These players make transfers difficult for other teams to match.
No club has been able to win six straight Champions Leages, but Chelsea could be about to break this record after winning five games in a row earlier this year.
Juventus, on the other hand, is the only side to have won every UEFA club tournament, including the Super Cup, Intertoto Cup, and Intercontinental Cup.
To begin, here are 10 of the most successful European football teams in terms of significant trophies won: ( This also eliminates one-off prizes such as the FA Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup). Milanese giants AC Milan are one of just two Serie A teams to make this list.
Real Madrid, with thirteen European Cup/UEFA Champions League championships; Sevilla, with five UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League trophies; and Barcelona, with four Cup Winners' Cup titles, are the Spanish clubs with the most wins in each of the three main UEFA club tournaments. Milan and Barcelona have the same number of Super Cup victories (five).
There have been 18 Serie A (or Italian top-flight) titles, seven UEFA Champions League (or European Cup) titles, five Italian Cups, and four FIFA Club World Cups. Their most recent Serie A championship was in 2010/11, while their most recent UEFA Champions League triumph was in 2006/07.