Bayern topple Madrid as world’s best club

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Bayern Munich: world’s number one

Bayern Munich are now the number one football club in the world. They toppled Real Madrid who move second.

According to the latest World Football Database ranking, Barcelona retain the third position, while Atletico Madrid, another Spanish team are fourth. They moved two places up the ranking.

Italian giants Juventus dropped one step down to take  fifth and Paris Saint Germain moved two up into 6th.

Manchester City are ranked 7th, the only English club to make the first 10.They were at the same position at the last ranking.

Arsenal dropping three places are ranked 11th, while Leicester City FC, the current English champions are 13th, behind PSV Eindhoven. Leicester also moved up three places.

Tottenham Hotspur are 18th and Liverpool 21st. Chelsea are 26th and Manchester United are 29th.

The rankings took account of matches played by the various teams up till 18 September.

The World Football Elo Ratings is a ranking system for men’s national teams in association football. The method used to rank teams is based upon the Elo rating system method but modified to take various football-specific variables into account. Elo should not be confused with the FIFA World Rankings, which is more prevalent because it is the official rating system used by the international governing body of football to rank national teams.

This system, developed by Hungarian-American mathematician Dr. Árpád Élő, is used by FIDE, the international chess federation, to rate chess players, and by the European Go Federation, to rate Go players. In 1997 Bob Runyan adapted the Elo rating system to international football and posted the results on the Internet.

FootballDatabase uses the adapted Elo Rating formula and applies it to a number of important football club competitions around the globe, with the aim to provide fans a mathematical ranking of World Football Clubs.

30 leading clubs in the world 

1 Bayern München     Germany  2025

2 Real Madrid Spain 2021

3 Barcelona Spain 2014
4 Atlético Madrid  Spain1968

5 Juventus    Italy 1918

6 Paris Saint Germain France 1876

7 Manchester City England1871

8 Borussia Dortmund Germany1861

9 Benfica Portugal1853

10 SSC Napoli Italy1835

11 Arsenal England 1819

12 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands1800

13 Leicester City England 1792

14 Roma Italy 1786

15 Sporting Portugal 1771

16 Monaco France 1767

17 Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine1762

18 Tottenham Hotspur England1758

19 Ajax Netherlands1753

20 Olympiakos Greece1749

21 Liverpool FC England17442

22 Athletic Bilbao Spain1741

23 Bayer Leverkusen Germany1739

24 FC Porto Portugal1738

25 Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany1726

26 Chelsea England1725

27 Southampton England1721

28 Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine1721

29 Manchester United England1714

30 Sassuolo Italy 1710

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