Ranking the 20 best football teams in the world right now

Ranking the 20 best football teams in the world right now

The history of football is replete with teams that have demonstrated the enthusiasm and artistry of "the beautiful game" as Pele called it. Since the turn of the 20th century, many European and South American football teams have emerged from obscurity to dominate this era. At the same time, the sport has evolved to encompass a greater array of skills and a higher degree of fitness. So let us first look at the 20 best football teams in the world right now.

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The best football teams in the world now must have won at least one trophy. They must have played attractive but effective football in a climate of high technical standards. Most importantly, they need to have endured an era of stiff competition. So, here are the top 20 best football teams in the world by our analysis here at Sportsbrief. They are chosen from the entire history of international and club football.

20. AC Milan

Top 20 best football teams in the world
AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic holds the Scudetto Trophy parading on a double decker bus in Milan, on May 23, 2022. AC Milan won the 2022 Italian Serie A "Scudetto" championship. Photo: Piero Cruciatti
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With seven triumphs in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League, AC Milan is the Italian football team with the greatest success on the international stage. The acronym AC stands for Associazione Calcio, which can be translated as "kicking club" in English. Legendary footballers have come out of the club over the years. They achieved their latest scudetto in 2021–2022. AC Milan is one of the best clubs in the world.

19. Brighton

Best football teams in the world right now
Brighton & Hove Albion's Leandro Trossard celebrates after scoring in the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield on October 30, 2021, in Liverpool, England. Photo: Andrew Powell
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English team Brighton & Hover Albion has competed in many categories. Currently, they compete in the English Premier League. They finished in position nine and had one of their greatest performances in the EPL.

18. Villareal

Best football teams in the world in La Liga
Villarreal players' goal celebration during the match against Liverpool FC, in UEFA Champions League, on 3rd May 2022, in Villarreal, Spain. Photo: Xavier Ballart
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The team is nicknamed the "Yellow Submarine" because of its yellow uniform (El Submarino Amarillo in Spanish). Up to this point, Villarreal's best result in a European football competition was reaching the semifinal of the Champions League against Arsenal FC in 2005–2006.

The biggest game in Europe is just around the corner. With a record-breaking 77 points, 24 victories, five ties, and nine defeats, the Yellows finished as runners-up to league leaders Real Madrid for the first time in club history.

17. Arsenal

Best football teams in England
Arsenal players celebrate during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on May 22, 2022, in London, England. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane
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With 55 games, Arsenal holds the record for the most consecutive league-scoring games. With 27 games, they also have the league's longest streak of wins consecutively.

They are one of few teams to have won the league since 1992. Moreover, they are the first and only British team to defeat AC Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro and Real Madrid.

16. Atletico Madrid

Best football teams in the La Liga
Yannick Carrasco (3rd from right) of Club Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring against RCD Espanyol at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on April 17, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Diego Souto
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Atletico Madrid are the La Liga champions for the 2020/21 season, and deserved praise is flooding social media for Diego Simeone and his team. Regarding UEFA competition titles, Atlético Madrid are Spain’s 3rd most successful club behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.

In terms of the number of titles, Atlético Madrid is the fourth most successful club in Spanish football, behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

15. Borussia Dortmund

Best football teams in Bundesliga
Youssoufa Moukoko of Dortmund celebrates his goal with teammates during the Bundesliga match against Hertha BSC at the Signal Iduna Park on May 14, 2022, in Dortmund, Germany. Photo: Alexandre Simoes
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The average attendance at the North Rhine-Westphalian Giants is the greatest of any football team globally (81,178). With a capacity of close to 25,000, the Signal Iduna Park's renowned South Stand, popularly known as the Gelbe Wand or Yellow Wall, also happens to be the largest terrace in the entire globe.

Germany's top teams have long been Bayern and Dortmund. Over the past few years, they have dominated the German top division.

14. RB Salzburg

Best football teams in Austrian Bundesliga
Junuzovic (L) and Kjaergaard, both of FC Red Bull Salzburg, celebrate during the Admiral Bundesliga match against Rapid Wien on April 3, 2022, in Salzburg, Austria. Photo: Andreas Schaad
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FC Salzburg has a distinguished past despite its brief history. The club changed its name four times due to two distinct sponsorships. However, after winning more than 10 Austrian Bundesliga championships and numerous Austrian Cup medals, they have recently established themselves as one of the most successful teams in Austrian football. Currently, the team goes under the name FC Red Bull Salzburg.

13. Porto

Best football teams in Portugal
FC Porto's defender Mbemba (3rd from left) celebrates with teammates during the Portuguese League match against FC Vizela at the Dragao stadium in Porto on April 30, 2022. Photo: Miguel Riopa
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FC Porto can be proud of a successful and colourful past that includes 28 Primeira Liga titles, 16 Taça de Portugal titles, and four significant European trophies. They still hold the record for being the only Portuguese team to win five straight league championships from 1995 to 1999.

Benfica and Sporting, the other two clubs that make up the Portuguese "Big Three," have a long-standing rivalry with Porto.

12. RB Leipzig

Best football teams in Germany's Bundesliga
Red Bull Leipzig players celebrate after the Bundesliga match against FC Augsburg at Red Bull Arena on May 08, 2022, in Leipzig, Germany. Photo: Martin Rose
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The moment when RB Leipzig shocked Atletico Madrid and made history by reaching the UEFA Champions League semifinals is the most notable in the club's history. An even more amazing statistic was revealed following RB Leipzig's historic victory over Atletico Madrid. Since being promoted to Bundesliga, they have been tough and competitive.

11. Tottenham

Best football teams in the world today
Harry Kane of Tottenham celebrates with Son Heung-Min during the Premier League match against Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 15, 2022, in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Vince Mignott
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Tottenham is the third-most successful club in FA Cup history, behind Manchester United and Arsenal. They have won the title eight times and made it to the championship game nine times since 1901.

They became the first non-league team to win the FA Cup when they did so in 1901. The UEFA Cup was initially awarded to Spurs in 1971, and they remain the only team to have ever won it.

10. Ajax

Best football teams in Netherlands
Steven Berghuis of Ajax celebrates after scoring their side's second goal against sc Heerenveen at Johan Cruijff Arena on May 11, 2022, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos
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The Dutch side enjoyed a stellar run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019. Unfortunately, that side was broken up and splintered across Europe, but highly-rated former boss Erik ten Hag rebuilt the squad and won all six Champions League group games during that term. Being in the less prestigious Dutch league, Ajax has a lower ceiling than most teams on this list, but they remain a jewel in European football.

9. Manchester United

best football teams in EPL
Manchester United players pose during the pre-season match between Manchester United andLiverpool at Rajamangala stadium on July 12, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Vachira Vachira
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In 1968, Manchester United became the first English team to triumph in the then European Championship. They won the Triple in 1999, making them the first English club to do so. They won the FA Cup, Champions League, and Premier League crowns. Of course, the 2021/22 season did not pan out expectedly. Reports of discontent are never far away, but United is not in terminal decline.

8. Juventus

Best football teams in Serie A
Adrien Rabiot of Juventus celebrates with teammates before the Coppa Italia Semi-Final match against Fiorentina at Allianz Stadium on April 20, 2022, in Turin, Italy. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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The club holds the record for a lot of these competitions, having won 34 official league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles, seven national Super Cup titles, two Intercontinental Cups, and two European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners' Cup, and a national record. A historic giant with total dominance in Italy for the last decade, Juventus have wavered during the COVID pandemic times.

7. Inter Milan

Best football teams in Serie A
FC Internazionale celebrates with the Coppa Italia trophy on the stage at Stadio Olimpico on May 11, 2022, in Rome, Italy. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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It is undoubtedly one of the most followed and adored clubs in Italy and one of the most well-liked clubs in the entire world. Inter Milan won their 19th Serie A championship by defeating teams like Atalanta, AC Milan, and Juventus. After 11 long years, Inter finally won the Scudetto, depriving the Bianconeri of their chance to win the Serie A championship for the tenth time in a row.

6. Real Madrid

Best football teams in La Liga
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates with teammates in the 1-0 victory of the UEFA Champions League final match at Stade de France on May 28, 2022, in Paris, France. Photo: Jonathan Moscrop
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Real Madrid has captured 33 La Liga championships, more than any other Spanish team. Additionally, the team has won two Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups, and the Copa del Rey, the primary Spanish cup competition, 19 times (1985 and 1986). Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric still form the team's spine as they crusied through their games in the La Liga and their Champions League group. Madrid for a long time has been one of the best football teams ever in the world

5. Chelsea

Best football teams in EPL
Players of Chelsea celebrate winning the final by lifting the UEFA Champions League Trophy against Manchester City at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021, in Porto, Portugal. Photo: Matthew Ashton
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In 2012, they won their first Champions League championship, and in 2013, they won the Europa League. As a result, Chelsea is the first football team to double up on all four major European trophies. In addition, Chelsea is the only team in football history to have won all four major European trophies twice. The Blues are among the best football teams in the world, ranked number 5.

4. PSG

Best football teams in Ligue 1 France
Messi (l), Neymar (m) and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate after a victory in the UEFA Champions League at Parc des Princes on Sep 28 2021, in Paris, France. Photo: Matthias Hangst
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PSG is the most successful club in French football history, having won more than 30 championships. They have won the domestic French football competition, known as Ligue 1, six times. This league features some formidable opponents, including Bordeaux, Monaco, Brest, Reims, and Marseille.

They have also won the Trophee des Champions, Coupe de Ligue, and Coupe de France. Any team that boasts Kylian Mbappe, Neymar (a player from the best football team in the international football scene, Brazil), and Lionel Messi among the high ranks, have to rank this highly on the world stage. The best football national team in the world is by far, Brazil

3. Liverpool

Best football teams in EPL
S. Mane, A. Robertson, M. Salah, and coach Klopp of Liverpool FC celebrate winning the UEFA Champions League match at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Erwin Spek
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The team most recently won two European Cups in 2005 and 2019 and its 19th League title in 2020 while being led by Jürgen Klopp and Rafael Benitez. Liverpool is the football team with the second-most championships (19). From 1889 to 2020, Manchester United won 20 Premier League championships.

2. Bayern Munich

Best football teams in Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with teammates after scoring against Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 23, 2022, in Munich, Germany. Photo: Simon Hofmann
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Nine consecutive Bundesliga titles, five German Cup titles, and two Champions League trophies in just the last nine years. Bayern Munich is a consistent force. They boast the world's best striker, Robert Lewandowski, who was criminally overlooked for the Ballon d'Or in the 2021/2022 season after scoring 41 goals in 29 league games. Bayern has been one of the best football teams ever in the world.

1. Manchester City

best football teams in EPL
Manchester City players celebrate winning the 2021/22 Premier League trophy after beating Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022, in Manchester, England. Photo: Michael Regan
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Which is the best football club in the world at the moment? Manchester City continues to find new ways to win games of football. It's that simple. Every time something works against them, such as their initial failure to replace a massive name like Sergio Aguero up front, Pep Guardiola finds a way to adapt. Man City has been the best football team in the world in 2022.

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