There are thousands and lakhs of football clubs worldwide with many talented players who are often neglected because they are not a part of the English Premier League or La Liga, or Bundesliga. These players cannot get the fame and reputation which the players in the EPL or Spanish League can get. Many football clubs outside Europe have talented blood with many potential and skills, but these clubs often lag the mainstream clubs, and thus their viewership and existence remain low.
Following is the list of some of the biggest football clubs outside Europe that have players who can face the players in the EPL and Bundesliga:
River Plate or Club Atlético River Plate is an Argentine Football Club that is considered the biggest football club outside Europe. 6 of the 11 Argentine players of all time have served for the international team of Argentina. River Plate has won 18 titles at the international level, out of which CONMEBOL organized 12. In 2010, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics placed River Plate in the 9th position in a ranking that showcased the world’s best teams during the 1990s and 2000s. It is the first and only team in the world to hold CONMEBOL’s four major international competitions simultaneously. In 2000, River Plate was awarded the 9th best club of the world and the best Argentine club. River Plate holds the top position in the list of All-time Argentine Primera División table. It also got the first position in the Historical table of the Copa Libertadores, being the South American team with the most games won and fewest losses.
Boca Juniors or Club Atletico Boca Juniors is another Argentine club with a long history of records. It is considered one of the biggest football clubs outside Europe. The club produced several legendary players like Diego Maradona and Carlos Tevez. Boca holds the second position across the globe in terms of the number of international titles won. It has equaled A.C. Milan and is behind Real Madrid, and Al Ahly Sc. Boca Juniors has fans across Japan, Latin America, and some parts of the United States. It is the prime rival of River Plate, which is the best club in Argentina. In addition to men’s football, Boca also has players in professional basketball teams and women’s football in the world. The Argentine club has won 22 international titles, with 18 being organized by CONMEBOL.
L.A. Galaxy or Los Angeles Galaxy is an American soccer club based in L.A., California. It is a member of the Western Conference of the League. The club started its journey in 1996 as a charter team in the league, and the franchise became one of the league’s most decorated clubs, which won the MLS (Major League Soccer) Cup 5 times. The testimony of this club’s popularity can be examined by the fact that David Beckham from Real Madrid FC was a part of this club, which was considered one of the most decorated players in football. L.A. Galaxy is one of the biggest football clubs outside Europe, especially in America. Forbes in 2019 identified L.A. Galaxy as the second most valuable league globally. This English club also has a Galaxy Star Squad, who are the official cheerleaders of the club.
Sao Paulo FC
Sao Paulo Futebol Clube is a professional football club based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the most reputed and awarded club in Brazil with 12 international titles. Sao Paulo is the third best-supported club in Brazil, with more than 16 million followers. It is the 2nd richest football club in Brazil with an annual revenue of $111.9 million and the second most valuable club in the country with a yearly turnover of $353.4 million. It is the fourth biggest football club outside Europe with consistent participation in the Brazilian League, Serie A. It is one of the best clubs in entire South America in terms of earnings of overall titles.
Santos Futebol Clube or Santos FC is a Brazilian club based in the city of Santos. This club was very popular in the 1950s, with the team winning several international titles under the legendary football master Pele’s guidance. Pele was the youngest player who joined the club at the age of 15 in 1956. Under his leadership, Santos won several international and Brazilian cups. Santos remained as the most successful football clubs in Brazil and across the world for decades. Apart from that, Santos also signed Neymar Jr., the Barcelona center-forward star, because of which the team became much stronger. In 2006, Santos was the fourth most popular club in Brazil. There is no doubt that this club was one of the biggest football clubs outside Europe due to Pele’s presence.
The football clubs of River Plate, Boca Juniors, L.A. Galaxy, Santos, and Sao Paulo are proof that its tactics and skills should decide the capability and potential of a player, not by the club the player represents. Players like Maradona, Neymar, and David Beckham have represented the above clubs in their lifetime as a kickstart to their football career. Fans of football across the globe have a general perception that Arsenal and Barcelona are the best two teams in the world because they have been consistently being the finalists of the Premier League. But it is only partially true because several players from other clubs like Boca Juniors and River Plate in the present time do not participate in the English and European Leagues. The players from such leagues should be allowed to represent the world’s top leagues to judge the true level of potential of the players, which would also help in deciding the best football club.
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