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Barca NOT Europe's best team in new rankings

UEFA Coefficients: Treble winners Barcelona surprisingly NOT Europe's best team

July 15, 2015 By Ali M.
Despite conquering La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League, the Blaugrana shockingly find themselves beaten by two other teams.

UEFA have released on Wednesday a compiled list of the best ranked teams in Europe, and it arose some controversy with its results.

Most surrounded the position of La Liga giants Barcelona, who after an impressive season which saw them win the treble, were unable to make it to first place on the list.

Despite conquering the Spanish Primera Division, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League, becoming the first European team to win two trebles, the Blaugrana finished as Europe’s third best team with 132,814 points.

Barca ranked as Europe's 3rd best team despite winning the treble

Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, Neymar, Barcelona, Juventus, UEFA Champions League Final 2015, UEFA Champions League

Further shock surrounded the team that beat out all the competition to secure top spot, which were fellow Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid (142,814 points), despite ending the 2014-15 season trophy-less, an outcome which cost Carlo Ancelotti his job at the Bernabeu.

Despite ending the 2014-15 campaign trophy-less, Los Blancos still remains Europe's highest ranked club

Cristiano Ronaldo, Chicharito, James Rodriguez, Real Madrid, La Liga

In second spot were German champions Bayern Munich with 135,092 points, who lifted the Bundesliga crown once again, but were eliminated from the Champions League in the quarter finals by Barcelona, the very team they beat in the new rankings.

One debate which argues in favor of Los Blancos and the Bavarians is that the new rankings are a tally of all points earned beginning from the 2011-12 season up til now, with Real Madrid edging out Barcelona in three out of the last four campaigns, the most recent being the only exception.

Chelsea, last season’s English Premier League champions, were England’s best ranked side, grabbing fourth spot with a 119,756 tally, followed by Arsenal in 7th (91,756 points), Man City in 16th (74,756) and neighbors Man United in 20th (66,756).

Ligue 1 holders PSG finished in a respectable 9th with a tally of 90,599, whilst Serie A champions and Champions League runners-up Juventus finished one spot above in 8th with 91,054.

UCL runners-up Juve grabbed 8th spot

Andrea Pirl, Paul Poga, Arturo Vidal, Juventus, Barcelona, UEFA Champions League Final 2015, UEFA Champions League

Check out the top 25 in the table below.

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Benfica, UEFA Champions League

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