Different factors influence a footballer’s choice of club. Some prioritise money, while others are influenced by the feel of the city or manager.
However, nearly every footballer will agree that the chance of winning silverware is at the forefront of their minds. Briefly.co.za looks at 4 decorated footballers that have nearly won all the major honours available.
The Spaniard’s ability has almost been under-rated for the past few seasons.
Mata started at Chelsea like a house on fire as he and Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League in 2012.
His time at Stamford Bridge came to an abrupt end as Jose Mourinho opted to sell him to Manchester United.
Mata’s amazing list of silverware includes the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the English FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield.
He has also scooped the UEFA Euro and the FIFA World Cup with Spain.
The Swedish striker has recently clocked 500 goals in all competitions and is still 1 of the most dangerous forwards in the world.
His notable list of achievements spans over 5 countries and includes 33 major trophies.
Ibrahimovic has won a La Liga title, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 4 Serie A titles, 5 Italian Super Cups, 2 Eredivisie titles, Dutch Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, 2 Dutch Super Cups, 4 Ligue 1 titles, 2 French Cups, 4 French Super Cups, 3 French League Cups, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and an English Super Cup.
The UEFA Champions League is the 1 major club trophy to have eluded Zlatan.
The Brazilian left-back may have taken some by surprise for his inclusion on the list but he has racked up even more silverware than Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Maxwell achieved the bulk of his club medals while at Barcelona and PSG but had very successful spells with Ajax and Inter Milan as well.
In total, Maxwell has earned 36 trophies, which include the UEFA Champions League, 2 La Liga titles, a Spanish Cup, and 3 Spanish Super Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 2 FIFA Club World Cups at Barcelona.
The marauding right-back is officially the most decorated footballer of all time.
Alves has won an incredible 43 major trophies, eclipsing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Brazilian won 3 UEFA Champions League titles, 7 La Liga titles, 4 Spanish Cups, 5 Spanish Super Cups, 5 FIFA Club World Cups, and 3 UEFA Super Cups at Barcelona alone.
He also won the domestic league and cup in Italy with Juventus.
He’s already won 5 trophies while at PSG in France.
For Brazil, Alves boasts a Copa America trophy, 2 Confederations Cups and an under-20 World Cup.
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