The most popular soccer clubs in the world

Find out why these clubs have the biggest followings across the globe.

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Manchester United scarves on display at a sport kiosk. Manchester United scarves on display at a sport kiosk. (Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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In victory and defeat

Soccer is the planet's most popular sport, and the numerous professional leagues scattered across it are a testament to that.

In the United States, the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys – thanks to a mix of marketing, championships and luck – have transcended their respective fields to become symbols of American sport. Similarly, a fortunate few soccer teams project their country's athletic achievements outward.

Here are some of those teams who, no matter their record in a given year, will always be their country's global sport ambassador.

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