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The 50 Best Clubs In World Football Right Now Have Been Ranked

The 50 Best Clubs In World Football Right Now Have Been Ranked

Manchester City have beaten both Bayern Munich and Liverpool to be ranked the best team in the world, according to FiveThirtyEight.

The defending Premier League champions' title defence has fallen apart with league leaders Liverpool holding a whopping 25-point lead at the top of the table.


But FiveThirtyEight has revealed that City are top of their worldwide rankings, despite their lacklustre title defence.

Pep Guardiola's men were awarded an SPI rating of 94.8, putting them slightly ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich with their 94.4 overall score.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the SPI rating is based on its "best estimate of a team's overall strength."

The system takes into consideration both of FiveThirtyEight's offensive and defensive ratings awarded to each team.


Posted below are FiveThirtyEight's rankings for the 50 best teams in world football.

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50. Osasuna (La Liga): 70.4 SPI

= Granada (La Liga): 70.4 SPI

49. Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga): 70.5 SPI

48. Brighton and Hove Albion (Premier League): 70.6 SPI

47. Celtic (Scottish Premiership): 70.7 SPI

46. Lille (Ligue 1): 70.8 SPI

45. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukrainian Premier League): 70.9 SPI

44. Burnley (Premier League): 71.2 SPI

= Villarreal (La Liga): 71.8 SPI

42. Athletic Bilbao (La Liga): 71.8 SPI

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41. FC Koln (Bundesliga): 71.9 SPI

40. AC Milan (Serie A): 72.5 SPI

39. Watford (Premier League): 72.8 SPI

= Benfica (Primeira Liga): 73.3 SPI

= Real Betis (La Liga): 73.3 SPI

36. Sheffield United (Premier League): 73.3 SPI

35. Lyon (Ligue 1): 73.5 SPI

34. Flamengo (Brasileirao): 73.7 SPI

33. Olympiacos (Super League): 73.8 SPI

32. Wolfsburg (Bundesliga): 73.9 SPI

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31. Porto (Primeira Liga): 74.5 SPI

= Napoli (Serie A): 75.1 SPI


29. RB Salzburg (Austrian Bundesliga): 75.1 SPI

28. Roma (Serie A): 75.2 SPI

27. Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga): 75.9 SPI

26. Lazio (Serie A): 76.4 SPI

25. Ajax (Eredivisie): 76.5 SPI

24. Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League): 76.6 SPI

23. Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russian Premier League): 76.7 SPI

22. Arsenal (Premier League): 76.8 SPI

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21. Real Sociedad (La Liga): 77.0 SPI

20. Everton (Premier League): 77.7 SPI

19. Inter Milan (Serie A): 79.5 SPI

18. Sevilla (La Liga): 80.3 SPI

17. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League): 80.5 SPI

16. Getafe (La Liga): 81.3 SPI

15. Leicester City (Premier League): 81.6 SPI

14. Atalanta (Serie A): 82.8 SPI

13. Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga): 82.9 SPI

12. Atletico Madrid (La Liga): 83.8 SPI

11. Juventus (Serie A): 84.3 SPI

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10. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga): 85.4 SPI

9. Chelsea (Premier League): 85.5 SPI

8. Manchester United (Premier League): 86.2 SPI

7. RB Leipzig (Bundesliga): 88.1 SPI

6. Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1): 89.2 SPI

5. Real Madrid (La Liga): 89.5 SPI

4. Barcelona (La Liga): 90.3 SPI

3. Liverpool (Premier League): 91.9 SPI

2. Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): 94.4 SPI

1. Manchester City (Premier League): 94.8 SPI

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You can view the complete rankings, which features over a whopping 600 international club teams, over at FiveThirtyEight.

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Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Barcelona, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid

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