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The Best Teams In World Football Ranked In New Study

The Best Teams In World Football Ranked In New Study

If you're a Manchester United fan then you may want to look away now after a recent study from FiveThirtyEight revealed some shocking results.

Using their own algorithm, which will be explained later on, the website concludes that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are the best side in world football with an SPI rating of 95.2.

Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich pick up the silver medal with an SPI rating of 93.3, while Liverpool, Barcelona and PSG make up the top five.

Credit: FiveThirtyEight
Credit: FiveThirtyEight
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FiveThirtyEight have gathered results from across the globe, with a total of 628 teams featuring in the extensive list.

And perhaps the biggest shock of them all involves Manchester United, who have fallen to 15th place.

Solskjaer celebrates at full time. Image: PA Images
Solskjaer celebrates at full time. Image: PA Images
Credit: FiveThirtyEight
Credit: FiveThirtyEight
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Further down the list includes the likes of Arsenal, who have locked down 17th place.

And the Gunners' arch-rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, have climbed up one place at the expense of Inter Milan.

Other Premier League sides featured in the top 25 are Leicester City and Everton.

According to their official website, 'every team has an offensive rating that represents the number of goals it would be expected to score against an average team on a neutral field, and a defensive rating that represents the number of goals it would be expected to concede.'

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In addition, they said: 'These ratings, in turn, produce an overall SPI rating, which represents the percentage of available points. A win is worth 3 points, a tie worth 1 point, and a loss worth 0 points - the team would be expected to take if that match were played over and over again.'

These ratings change week on week, depending on performances.

If you want to see the full list of 628 teams, visit their website HERE.

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Do you agree with the rankings?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Football, Manchester United, REds, Barcelona, PSG, red devils, Bayern Munich, Barca

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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