The Top 50 Teams In The World Right Now
The top 50 teams in world football right now have been released courtesy of the football world rankings.
The list is published on a weekly basis and operates in the same way as the ATP World Tennis Rankings in terms of results beyond the last 52 weeks not being relevant.
There is a further explanation on how world ranking points are gathered, with the result, importance of match, competition strength and FIFA confederation strength all coming into play.
"The match results are weighted when converted to World Ranking Points, because:
- Not every match is equally important
- Not every domestic competition of international cup tournament is equally strong
- Not every domestic competition has the same number of matches
- Not every FIFA Confederation is equally strong"
The latest batch of rankings, from January 13, have Barcelona at the very top of the tree despite the Blaugrana recently sacking manager Ernesto Valverde and hiring former Real Betis boss Quique Setien on a two-year contract.
Second on the list are runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, who are 14 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Interestingly third spot is occupied by Copa Del Rey holders Valencia, even though Los Che find themselves in sixth place in La Liga at the time of writing.
Flamengo, winners of the Copa Libertadores in over November, are in fourth ahead of River Plate, the side they beat in stoppage time to scoop the trophy.
Manchester City, Real Madrid, Monterrey, Boca Juniors and Palmeiras complete the top ten in diverse fashion.
Heavyweights such as Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and PSG are all in between 10-20 in the rankings, but you have to do some serious scrolling to find Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have moved up to two places to 44th since the last time we covered the rankings, while Wolverhampton Wanderers are the final English representatives in the top five.
Here is the list in full: