25 Athletes Who've Won Everything

Amber Lee@@BlamberrSports Lists Lead WriterFebruary 25, 2013

25 Athletes Who've Won Everything

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    More often than not, great athletes don't forge their careers in a vacuum. They not only depend on their teammates to carry them in those moments when they struggle, but they draw in the missing pieces to reach the next level.

    This is why wins and losses—championships—are almost inextricable from the individual efforts of the best athletes. Whether in a barroom with friends or in a debate over who deserves to be on a Hall of Fame ballot, if it's between the guy with the hardware and the guy without it...the tangible achievements typically trump all other measures.

    It's not always the case—players like Dan Marino and Ted Williams transcended team failures—but it will always be a caveat.

    Naturally, the two types of careers often overlap; the greatest athletes are also those with the most impressive accolades and achievements in their sport. However, there are plenty of players from all the major pro sports who certainly earned every trophy and championship but wouldn't necessarily be considered "better" than another with less official honors.

    So, let this be my caveat for you: There are plenty of sports legends who have a strong argument to be included in this slideshow over those I featured...but I've got 25 slides and about a million names across the sports universe.

    This is why the comments section was invented—let me know who you would have chosen. These are 25 athletes who've won everything.

Wayne Gretzky

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    You don't become known as the NHL's "The Great One" unless you achieve an unprecedented level of success over your career. Wayne Gretzky is hockey's most decorated player in history.

    • Stanley Cups: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988
    • Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
    • Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Championship): 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994
    • Lady Byng Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player): 1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999
    • Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP): 1985, 1988
    • Lester B. Pearson Award (league MVP as selected by NHL Players): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987
    • Lester Patrick Trophy (contribution to hockey in the U.S.): 1994
    • NHL First All-Star Team: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991
    • Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee

Bobby Orr

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    One of the greatest defencemen of all time—if not the greatest all-round player—Bobby Orr is a legend of the game and one of its first true superstars.

    • Stanley Cups: 1970, 1972
    • Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): 1970, 1971, 1972
    • James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenceman): 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
    • Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Championship): 1970, 1975
    • Calder Memorial Trophy (Best Rookie): 1967
    • Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP): 1970, 1972
    • Lou Marsh Trophy (Canada's Top Athlete):1971
    • Lester B. Pearson Award (league MVP as selected by NHL Players): 1975
      Lester Patrick Trophy (contribution to hockey in the U.S.): 1979
    • NHL First All-Star Team: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
    • Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee

Patrick Roy

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    Considered to be the greatest goalie in the NHL's history, Patrick Roy made seemingly miraculous saves look effortless—a theme that would define his long and successful career.

    • Stanley Cups: 1986, 1993, 1996, 2001
    • Calder Cup (AHL Championship): 1985
    • Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP): 1986, 1993, 2001
    • Vezina Trophy (Best Goalie): 1989, 1990, 1992
    • William M. Jennings Trophy (Goalie of Team with Fewest Goals Against): 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2001
    • NHL All-Rookie Team: 1986
    • NHL First All-Star Team: 1989, 1990, 1992, 2002
    • Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee

Gordie Howe

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    The gritty winger known as "Mr. Hockey" wasn't just a physical presence throughout his career; Gordie Howe finished in the top five in scoring for 20 consecutive seasons.

    • Stanley Cups: 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955
    • Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963
    • Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Championship): 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1963
    • Lester Patrick Trophy (contribution to hockey in the U.S.): 1967
    • NHL First All-Star Team: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970
    • Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee

Mario Lemieux

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    Mario Lemieux helped turn the Pittsburgh Penguins into a contender and was almost always the best player on the ice when healthy. Injuries limited his career, but not the successes and honors.

    • Stanley Cups: 1991, 1992
    • Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): 1988, 1993, 1996
    • Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Championship): 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997
    • Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP): 1991, 1992
    • Lester B. Pearson Award (league MVP as selected by NHL Players): 1986, 1988, 1993, 1996
    •  Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (Comeback Player of the Year): 1993
    • Calder Memorial Trophy (Best Rookie): 1985
    • NHL First Team All-Star : 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996, 1997
    • 2002 Winter Olympics Gold Winner
    • Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee

Michael Jordan

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    What is there to say? The NBA's history, from Bill Russell to Kobe Bryant, is filled with amazing players...but Michael Jordan remains the undisputed most outstanding player to ever play the game.

    • NBA Championships: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
    • MVP: 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998
    • Defensive Player of the Year: 1988
    • Rookie of the Year: 1985
    • Finals MVP: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
    • All-NBA 1st Team: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
    • All-Rookie 1st Team: 1985
    • All-Defensive 1st Team: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
    • All-Star MVP: 1988, 1996, 1998
    • Olympic Gold Medalist: 1984, 1992
    • NCAA Basketball Championships: 1982
    • NCAA All-American First Team 1983, 1984
    • ACC Player of the Year: 1984
    • Oscar Robertson Trophy: 1984
    • Naismith College Player of the Year: 1984
    • John R. Wooden Award: 1984
    • Adolph Rupp Trophy: 1984
    • NBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Magic Johnson

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    When Magic Johnson entered the league in 1979, he brought a combination of athleticism, swagger and competitive fire that has come to define the modern NBA.

    • NBA Championships: 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988
    • MVP: 1987, 1989, 1990
    • Finals MVP: 1980, 1982, 1987
    • All-NBA 1st Team: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
    • All-Rookie 1st Team: 1980
    • All-Star MVP: 1990, 1992
    • Olympic Gold Medalist: 1992
    • NCAA Basketball Championships: 1979
    • NCAA All-American First Team: 1978
    • NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: 1979
    • NBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Tim Duncan

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    Perhaps one of the most underrated players—both active or retired—Tim Duncan has quietly forged a career where he's been successful at every level.

    • NBA Championships: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007
    • MVP: 2003, 2002
    • Defensive Player of the Year: 1988
    • Rookie of the Year: 1998
    • Finals MVP: 2005, 2003, 1999
    • All-NBA 1st Team: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
    • All-Rookie 1st Team: 1998
    • All-Defensive 1st Team: 2008, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
    • All-Star MVP: 2000
    • NCAA All-American First Team: 1995, 1996
    • USBWA College Player of the Year: 1997
    • Naismith College Player of the Year: 1997
    • John Wooden Award: 1997
    • Adolph Rupp Trophy: 1997
    • Sporting News Player of the Year: 1997
    • NABC Player of the Year: 1997
    • ACC Player of the Year: 1996, 1997
    • NABC Defensive Player of the Year: 1995, 1996, 1997

Larry Bird

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    Has there ever been any individual NBA rivalry that is better than the one between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson? Bird had a deadly jump shot but used his physical style to score from anywhere on the court.

    • NBA Championships: 1981, 1984, 1986
    • MVP: 1984, 1985, 1986
    • Finals MVP: 1984, 1986
    • All-NBA 1st Team: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
    • NBA Rookie of the Year: 1980
    • All-Star MVP: 1982
    • Olympic Gold Medalist: 1992
    • NCAA Basketball Championships:
    • NCAA All-American First Team: 1977, 1978
    • NCAA AP Player of the Year: 1979 
    • John R. Wooden Award: 1979
    • Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award: 1979
    • Oscar Robertson Trophy: 1979
    • Adolph Rupp Trophy: 1979
    • NABC Player of the Year: 1979
    • MVC Player of the Year: 1978, 1979
    • NBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    Despite a towering 7'2" body, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar moved with the athleticism and grace of a guard and retired as the all-time NBA scoring leader. Oh, that sky hook...

    • NBA Championships: 1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988
    • MVP: 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980
    • Finals MVP: 1971, 1985
    • All-NBA 1st Team: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986
    • All-Defensive 1st Team: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981
    • NBA Rookie of the Year: 1970
    • NCAA Basketball Championships: 1967, 1968, 1969
    • NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: 1967, 1968,  1969
    • NCAA All-American First Team: 1966, 1967, 1968
    • NCAA AP Player of the Year: 1969
    • USWBA Player of the Year: 1967
    • Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award: 1969
    • Helms Foundation Player of the Year: 1967, 1968
    • Sporting News Player of the Year: 1967, 1969
    • UPI Player of the Year: 1967, 1969
    • NBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Willie Mays

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    Willie Mays was the baseball player's baseball player—an elite athlete who excelled at all phases of the game, he was the uber-Derek Jeter (without the championships).

    • World Series Champion: 1954
    • MLB All-Star: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
    • Gold Glove Award: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
    • NL Batting Champion: 1954
    • MLB MVP: 1954
    • NL MVP: 1954, 1965
    • NL Rookie of the Year: 1951
    • MLB All-Star Game MVP: 1963, 1968
    • Roberto Clemente Award: 1971
    • Hall of Fame Inductee

Sandy Koufax

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    A left-handed pitcher who left the sport at the top of his game, Sandy Koufax is the only player to ever win three consecutive Cy Young Awards. Considering how much hardware he'd amassed when he retired at age 31, he may have needed an addition with Ryan Clemen's longevity.

    • World Series Champion: 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965
    • MLB All-Star: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
    • Cy Young Award: 1963, 1965, 1966
    • NL Pitching Title: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
    • NL MVP: 1963
    • World Series MVP: 1963, 1965
    • Babe Ruth Award: 1963, 1965
    • Triple Crown (Led in Wins, Strike Outs, ERA): 1963, 1965, 1966
    • Hutch Award: 1966
    • Hall of Fame Inductee

Mickey Mantle

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    The late Mickey Mantle is one of the most beloved New York Yankees in an awe-inspiring canon of players to don the pinstripes. He may not be considered the greatest Yankee (though one of best in baseball), but the titles and honors Mantle accrued among so many legends stands out.

    • World Series Championships: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962
    • MLB All-Star: 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
    • AL MVP: 1956, 1957, 1962
    • AL Batting Title: 1956
    • Gold Glove Award: 1962
    • Hutch Award: 1965
    • Triple Crown (Batting Average, Home Runs, RBI): 1956
    • Hall of Fame Inductee

Roberto Clemente

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    Robert Clemente's sudden, tragic death when his plane crashed en route to provide relief to earthquake survivors in Nicaragua in 1972 is as much a part of his legacy as his achievements in the ballpark. However, it shouldn't overshadow how much he accomplished in just seven years.

    • World Series Champion: 1960, 1971
    • MLB All-Star: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
    • Gold Glove Award: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
    • NL Batting Title: 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967
    • NL MVP: 1966)
    • World Series MVP: 1971
    • Babe Ruth Award: 1971
    • Hall of Fame Inductee

Albert Pujols

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    In the years to come, perhaps Albert Pujols will be seen as a better player than the godfather of power-hitting, Hank Aaron—but probably not. However, Pujols is almost certainly a future Hall of Famer and his impressive array of honors and accomplishments show how great an all-around player his is.

    • World Series Champion: 2006, 2011
    • MLB All-Star: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
    • MLB MVP: 2003, 2008, 2009 
    • NL MVP: 2005, 2008, 2009
    • NLCS MVP: 2004
    • NL Batting Champion: 2003
    • NL Home Run Champion: 2009, 2010
    • NL RBI Champion: 2010
    • NL Hank Aaron Award: 2003, 2009
    • Silver Slugger Award: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
    • Gold Glove Award: 2006, 2010
    • NL Rookie of the Year: 2001
    • Roberto Clemente Award: 2008

Jerry Rice

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    Drafted out of Mississippi Valley State in 1984, Jerry Rice wasn't the fastest wide receiver prospect selected that year, but he was quick to make those teams who passed him over regret the decision. Rice retired as the greatest receiver in NFL history, and he was a key part of the San Francisco 49ers dynasty of the 1980s.

    • Super Bowl Championships: 1988, 1989, 1994
    • Pro Bowl: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002
    • All-Pro: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002
    • NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year: 1985
    • AP Offensive Player of the Year: 1987, 1993
    • UPI NFC Offensive Player of the Year: 1988
    • Pro Football Writers Association MVP: 1988
    • Super Bowl MVP: 1988
    • Pro Bowl MVP: 1995
    • Hall of Fame Inductee



Lawrence Taylor

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    Though Lawrence Taylor has recently made news for all the wrong reasons, it doesn't hurt is legacy on the football field—a legacy itself that was polarized between his play and personal life. He may be the most feared linebacker of all time, but what makes his career even more impressive is how his play produced plenty of accolades and team milestones.

    • Super Bowl Championships: 1987, 1991
    • Pro Bowl: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
    • All-Pro: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
    • AP NFL MVP: 1986
    • PFWA NFL MVP: 1986
    • AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year: 1981, 1982, 1986
    • NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year: 1986
    • UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year: 1983, 1986
    • AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: 1981
    • Bert Bell Award: 1986
    • NCAA Consensus All-American: 1980

Joe Montana

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    Considering the company, the fact that Joe Montana was able to lead the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships—and not as a "game manager" but at an MVP level—is more than impressive. Among Montana, John Elway, Ken Anderson and Dan Marino, only Elway won a Super Bowl...and only after Montana and Marino had left the game.

    • Super Bowl Championships: 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990
    • NCAA National Titles: 1977
    • Pro Bowl: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993
    • All-Pro: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990
    • Super Bowl MVP: 1982, 1984, 1989
    • AP NFL MVP: 1989, 1990
    • AP Male Athlete of the Year: 1989, 1990
    • UPI NFC Player of the Year: 1981
    • AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year: 1986
    • PFWA NFL MVP: 1989
    • NEA NFL MVP: 1989
    • Sporting News Sportsman/Pro Athlete of the Year: 1989
    • AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year: 1989
    • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 1990
    • Bert Bell Award: 1989
    • Cotton Bowl Classic MVP: 1979
    • Hall of Fame Inductee

Tom Brady

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    Tom Brady has done more in his NFL career than even the most prescient scout could have predicted. You know the story—picked in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, Brady emerged from obscurity and quickly into a Hall of Fame trajectory. His best days are likely behind him, but in the end he will be considered one of the best to ever play the position.

    • Super Bowl Championships: 2002, 2004, 2005
    • Pro Bowl: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
    • All-Pro: 2007, 2010
    • Super Bowl MVP: 2002, 2004
    • AP NFL MVP: 2007, 2010
    • AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year: 2007, 2010
    • AFC Offensive Player of the Year: 2007, 2010, 2011
    • NFL Comeback Player of the Year: 2009
    • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 2005
    • Sporting News Sportsman of the Year: 2004, 2007
    • AP Male Athlete of the Year: 2007
    • Share of 1997 NCAA National Title

Jim Brown

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    Dos Equis cast the wrong man in their "Most Interesting Man in the World" ad campaign. Jim Brown not only staked his claim as the best running back to ever play the game, he shrugged off his football cache and pursued separate careers as an actor and broadcaster.

    • NFL Champion: 1964
    • Pro Bowl: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
    • All-Pro: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965
    • NFL Rushing Champion: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965
    • AP NFL MVP: 1957, 1958, 1965
    • UPI NFL MVP: 1958, 1963, 1965
    • Pro Bowl MVP: 1961, 1962, 1965
    • NEA MVP: 1958, 1963, 1965
    • Bert Bell Award: 1963
    • Hall of Fame Inductee

Michael Phelps

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    If you're going to argue that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps is not the greatest Olympian ever, you're going to have to come up with some other metric than gold medals...because he has the most. Phelps' historic run over the last decade shattered records and captivated the world.

    • Olympic Medals: 22 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
    • World Championships: 17 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze

Jack Nicklaus

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    Jack Nicklaus' career PGA tour wins represent the pinnacle of pro golf; it's a record the most promising emerging stars hope to one day surpass, though the diminishing opportunity for former phenom Tiger Woods to pull off the feat means it could stand for decades.

    • Official Tour Victories: 73
    • Masters: 6
    • PGA Championships: 5
    • United States Opens: 4
    • British Opens: 3
    • U.S. Amateur Championships: 2

Tiger Woods

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    Tiger Woods' career essentially began at birth. Quickly billed as a golf prodigy, he showed uncanny talent, instincts and focus. Considered the emerging star most likely to challenge Jack Nicklaus' record of major victories, his white-hot career was derailed by injuries and missed opportunities. Regardless, he is one of the most successful golfers ever.

    • Official Tour Victories: 75
    • Masters: 4
    • PGA Championships: 4
    • United States Opens: 3
    • British Opens: 3
    • U.S. Amateur Championships: 3

Roger Federer

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    Pro tennis star Roger Federer seemed invincible for so long that he actually seems as flabbergasted as the rest of us that Rafael Nadal has managed to beat him in eight of the 10 Grand Slams in which they've faced off. Though Nadal may be surging ahead as the next dominant player, Federer's list of wins and honors stands on its own merit.

    • Australian Open: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010
    • French Open: 2009
    • Wimbledon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
    • US Open: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    • ITF Player of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
    • L’Equipe’s Champion of Champions: 2005, 2006, 2007

Pelé

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    While Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo enjoy each other's sweaty, bronzed company and continue their stellar football careers, Pelé remains the most successful and decorated footballer in the sport's history. He dominated at the World Cup level and among the elite FIFA clubs.

    • Sao Paulo State Championship: 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973
    • Rio-Sao Paulo Championship: 1959, 1963, 1964
    • Taca de Prata: 1968
    • NASL Championship: 1977
    • Brazilian Cup: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
    • Copa Libertadores: 1962, 1963
    • Intercontinental Cup: 1962, 1963
    • World Cup: 1958, 1962, 1970
    • Sao Paulo State Top Scorer: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1973
    • Rio-Sao Paulo Top Scorer: 1963
    • Copa Libertadores Top Scorer: 1965
    • Copa America Top Scorer: 1959
    • South American Player of the Year: 1973