Football is one of the oldest and most popular sports on the planet. Bringing in millions of viewers all over the world and billions of dollars of revenue, it has one of the strongest worldwide followings of any sport and shows no sign of slowing down. Even with such a long history, the sport has continued to evolve over the years in many ways, with rules being added and changed each year such as the recent addition of Video-Assisted Referees and the composition of each team changing from year to year bringing new tactics changing how the whole game is played. Football being such a diverse and ever-changing sport means it is very hard to track down an objective answer to who the greatest teams are, but here is my personal list of who I think sits at the top of the world in the beautiful game.
When thinking of football playing countries, most people tend to think about England, Brazil, Argentina, and generally countries of Portuguese or Spanish descent. Until recently, very few people would point directly at Germany as an example of the best of the best. Don’t get me wrong, they have won 4 world cup titles, considerably more than the country in which the game was incepted and they have always kept their own. But more recently they have given birth to Jurgen Klopp, who is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world. The country has also fostered Bayern Munich, an absolutely unstoppable team that has been storming competition after competition and are making considerable waves in the football world with tight, new formations and a lust to conquer the world, making them one of the finest teams in the world.
Liverpool had a string of terrible years over the last few decades and has been consistently outclassed by many of the more traditionally strong English teams. The last few years, however, have been success after success for this team under their new manager. Last season they went undefeated for 18 games straight and won the premier league outright several games before the league was over, an almost unheard of feat in the league’s history. With incredibly talented players such as Mo Salah with his pitch runs and James Milner who has one of the most premier league appearances of any player. All of this, combined with their success in other leagues locally and internationally, definitely secures them the spot of the second greatest team in the world, with room for them to climb to the top.
Heading back to Europe, Paris’ team has been rising much like the others on this list, from fairly humble origins to world-class, league-defining feats bringing them and their country back into the big leagues and bringing an incredible amount of variety into the international game. I would say they are followed closely by Manchester City and the old world champions Real Madrid, but Paris has something special that definitely brings them to the forefront of the world.
In this hugely international sport becoming bigger and bigger by the day from the USA to Japan, it is incredibly difficult to try and rank all of the best teams, especially since there are regional playstyles which make teams almost incomparable even in the same sport. So if you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned Barcelona or AC Milan, this is just a list of who I think are currently the greatest teams in the world, and part of this is from the huge and still growing momentum of the above teams, showing that they all have the potential to become leagues better, unlike many other teams who may be amazing, but who are not developing nearly as fast.