While there are numerous Football Clubs throughout the world, the list of the best-of-the-best is quite limited. There’s much debate about who the best team in the history of football was. However, experts’ short list of the all-time top 10 teams includes many of the same squads/seasons. Three of the teams that make most top-10 lists are the 1960 Read Madrid squad, the 1999 Manchester United, and 1970 Brazil. Starting with the 1960 Real Madrid, the squad was the European Cup winners, and the Intercontinental Cup winners. Arguably the best player on the squad was Alfredo di Stefano. The 1960 European Cup Final was the European Cup’s fifth final in its history. Spain’s Real Madrid went up against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfort. Madrid was victorious with a 7-3 trouncing of their opponents. How good was the Real Madrid squad? Two of their players, Stefano and Puskas were two of only three players who ever scored a hat-trick (three goals) in a Champions League or European Cup final.
Another Football Club that’s also on many experts’ top 10 list is Manchester United (1999). It included Beckham, and a perfect blend of a few veterans and tons of younger footballers. The squad that earned the Champions League, English League, and FA Cup crowns included several superstars representing the UK region. Interestingly, Manchester United turned that year’s dull European Cup into a thrilling one. In fact, the 1998-1999 season was Manchester United’s most successful season ever. It was the first British football squad to win the “treble” of trophies. In the amazing season, the team only had five losses, which included only one at home. Amazingly they had a 33-game win streak that started on December 26.
No list of all-time top 10 Football Clubs is complete without mentioning Brazil (1970). This was the last World Cup of the great Pele, and arguably the greatest squads in the history of football. In fact, perhaps it also included the top team goal in the history of football, versus Italy. The match wasn’t even close: 4-1. What made Brazil so impressive wasn’t simply that it won the World Cup, but also the way it achieved it. Brazil defeated England, which had won the World Cup four years earlier. In the semi-final Italy defeated West Germany in the “Match of the Century.” It goes without saying that Brazil’s team was loaded with superstars, beginning with Pele. But not only were they superstars, but each player complemented the team, making it even better than it was on paper.
When comparing the greatest Football Clubs of all time, we must use a degree of subjectivity. It’s not an exact science. However, most experts agree that teams such as Real Madrid (1960), Manchester United (1999), and Brazil (1970) should be on any all-time top 10 lists. What made these teams great wasn’t merely what they achieved in their dream seasons, but also how they achieved those things. The fact that they could theoretically defeat other great teams in the history of Football Clubs proves that they deserve their place at the top.