12 most successful nations in football


Following France's UEFA Nations League triumph after defeating Spain in the final, here are the 12 most successful countries in football history, including Carlos Queiroz's Egypt and Lionel Messi's Argentina. 

Les Bleus added another accolade to their trophy cabinet on Sunday night after second-half goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe secured a 2-1 win over La Furia Roja for Didier Deschamps' team. 

This triumph brought France the seventh major trophy in their history, adding to their two FIFA World Cups, two UEFA European Championships and a pair of FIFA Confederations Cups, according to GiveMeSport 

Scroll through the gallery above to see the 12 most successful nations in football history, per GiveMeSport

Meanwhile, in Africa, the Egyptians reign supreme with their seven Africa Cup of Nations trophies that make them one of the world's most successful nations. With the next AFCON tournament set to take place in January 2022, former Bafana Bafana coach Queiroz will be hoping his talisman, Mohamed Salah, can help lead the Pharaohs to glory once again. 

Read: The top African goalscorers in 2021

Argentina added a record 18th trophy to their cabinet in July, when Messi guided his side to victory at the Copa America. This was La Albiceleste's first major trophy since 1993, and their first win in a final in eight attempts, according to GiveMeSport. 

Other notable nations on the list include Tite's Brazil and African giants Cameroon – scroll through the gallery above to see the 12 most successful footballing countries in history! 

Here are the 10 highest-ranked nations in the game, per FIFA's latest world rankings 

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