For the average viewers it’s the competition that appeals to them and not the quality of football played and as such South America might be the place where some of the most competitive football is played. It might be nowhere near the power and prestige of European clubs but it surely is the hotbed of talent and has acted as a constant source of talent for the elite clubs of the world, Here we countdown the Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017.
Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017
At number 10 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is Santos from Brazil. One of the most successful and historic clubs of Brazil, Santos has won the domestic titles 8 times, Copa Libertadores three times and Copa do Brasil once. Not only that, but it has produced some of the finest players ever like Pele, Robinho and Neymar. Though Neymar has left for Barcelona there is still enough young talent to make it among the best teams in Brazil.
At number 9 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is Corinthians from Brazil. Corinthians is regarded as the biggest club of Brazil and they surely have the silverware in their cabinet to prove so, five Brasileirao titles, Libertadoes title and the FIFA World Club Cup (by defeating Chelsea). Many famous players have donned this club’s colors including Tevez, Ronaldo, Mascherano and Socrates.
At number 8 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is River Plate from Argentina. In terms of titles won, River Plate is the most successful club in Latin America with 36 league titles and 2 Libertadores but they have had no success in the last decade. River Plate is now like a fallen giant who has provided many good players to Europe like Ortega, Saviola, Crespo etc but it was di Stefano started his career here but went onto become a household name worldwide.
At number 7 is Boca Juniors from Argentina. The arch rivals of River, Boca Juniors impressive title tally might pale in comparison to Rivers with 30 league titles but it is at the continent stage where they have shone with four Libertadores and the International Federation of Football History and Statistics naming them the best South American club of 21st century. Over the years, players to have come from here include Burdisso, Tevez, Palacio and also the great Maradona.
At number 6 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is Penarol from Uruguay. With 49 league titles and 5 Copa Libertadores, Penarol has been a dominant force in Uruguayan football. Despite their great history, Penarol is yet to bag a title at continent level since 1987 (finished runner-up to Santos in 2011) so they are in a slump at the moment. The most famous player to be linked with Penarol is inarguably Ghiggia who scored the winning goal in against Brazil in 1950 World Cup and knocked them out.
At number 5 is Colo- Colo from Chile. Thirty league titles, 10 cups and one Libertadores triumph are all testament to Colo-Colo’s illustrious history and it is one of the best clubs of Chile. Instrumental in cultivating a lot of local talent for the national side Colo-Colo is a club to be reckoned with which plays the Chile’s style of fast and attacking football.
At number 4 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is Olimpia from Paraguay. Like other teams on the list, Olimpia also has a glorious past and has amassed 39 league titles and three Libertadores. In 1979, the club reached its zenith of success when it completed the quadruple of League title, Libertadore, Copa Interamerica and Intercontinental Cup. It’s most famous export is Roque Santa Cruz, the current captain of the national squad and highest scorer for Paraguayan team.
At number 3 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is Atletico Nacional from Colombia. A recent surge in their performances has seen those winning seven league titles in the last decade and transforming club into one of the major powers of Latin football. The club is fondly remembered as the origin of the legendary goalkeeper Rene Higuita, famous for his sweeping style and dribbling inspite of being a goalkeeper.
At number 2 is Independiente from Argentina. It is one of the most historic clubs of Argentina that has won 16 Primera titles, 9 National Cups, 7 Copa Libertadores (record number of times and only club to win it four times in a row), three Copa Interamericana, two Supercopa Sudamericana, two Intercontinental Cup and one Recopa Sudamericana. Its silverware alone makes it the most important club of Argentina but in recent times it has declined to the extent of relegation but has again bounced back under Hugo Moyano and is starting to look as menacing as in its golden days.
At number 1 in Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017 is Sao Paulo from Brazil. Sao Paolo is the absolute powerhouse when it comes to Latin football. Apart from being among the 5 Brazilian clubs to never get relegated, it has 21 league titles, six Brasileirao, three Copa Libertadores, one Copa Sudamericana, one Supercopa Libertadore, one FIFA World Club Cup, Top 10 South American Football Clubs 2017, two intercontinental cups, one COPA CONMEBOL, one COPA Masters CONMEBOL and two Recopa Sudamericanas. Apart from such a collection of silverware, it is also second most financially valuable team of Brazil.