Soccer teams are very difficult to rank. Most leagues have one or two “Large clubs,” and the only time they play each other is in the champions league. Due to this, a result between clubs is not always a fair representation of how good they really are. Soccer is a crazy sport where anyone can beat anyone. That’s what makes sports so great. Even though its so tough to rank soccer teams, many websites like Euro Club Index do a good job at updating their rankings. After a couple months into the season this is my first attempt at ranking the best soccer clubs across the world.
Barcelona, Spain– The attacking three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar is the greatest attacking lineup of all time. Even with their slow start, when compared to their extremely high standards, Barcelona remain at the top of the rankings. They easily just won the much hyped champions league game over Manchester City 4-0 thanks to a Messi hat trick. The only way I can see Barcelona not winning multiple trophies is because of their lack of depth.
- Real Madrid, Spain– Like Barcelona, Real Madrid have one of the greatest attacking lines of all time with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema. As long as they can stay healthy, Real Madrid have as good of a chance as anyone at repeating their champion’s league success.
- Atletico Madrid, Spain– Yes the top three teams in my rankings play in La Liga. Atletico are very underrated and seem to surprise everyone every year. Atletico never make big signings but manager, Diego Simeone along with star striker Antoine Griezmann and their rock solid defense, always finds themselves near the top of the rankings.
Bayern Munich, Germany– While Bayern are only number four in my rankings, they might be my pick to win the champions league. This is because Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid will be battling it out to win their league, while Bayern will have the Bundesliga wrapped up early. This will allow them to rest their stars throughout the season and focus on winning the champions league for the first time since 2013.
- Juventus, Italy– Like Bayern, Juventus should have the Serie A won early. Having bought the star players from their two biggest rivals in Gonzolo Higuin (from Napoli) and Miralem Pjanic (from Roma). As well as having arguably the best defense in the world. Juventus can focus on the biggest tournament in world soccer.
- Manchester City, England– The English leaders come in at number six. New coach Pep Guardiola is proving why he is considered to be the best in the world. I understand that they haven’t won in their last four games after starting the season off with ten straight wins, but I have faith that Pep will turn their form around. They should be able to pull away atop of the Barclays standing with the players they have.
Borussia Dortmund, Germany– More attention needs to be given to Dortmund. They have the best young team in the world. They aren’t quite ready to challenge for titles but don’t write them off.
- Paris Saint Germain, France– PSG are desperate to win the champions league. While they should easily win League 1, it looks like another disappointing champion’s league for PSG.
- Benfica, Portugal– Benfica is another team that nobody really knows about. They are currently undefeated in first place of the Portuguese Liga. With a goal difference of +13 through seven games, Benfica might be able to upset come of the bigger clubs.
- Arsenal, England– Surprisingly, Arsenal are tied for first with Manchester City. They have won six straight in the league along with some impressive wins in the champions league. However, you have to expect Arsenal to find a way to disappoint, just like every year.