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Top 10 Best Soccer Teams In The World 2022

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It is very difficult to say which is the best football team in the world. The argument will never be settled, nor is there a definite answer.

The debate can never stop, and the different factions will never agree because football cannot be truly, definitively conquered by a team.

But for this post, TOPSOCCERBLOG’s criteria for selecting the best teams revolves around current standing in domestic and continental competitions. Also taken into account is the strength of leagues and tournaments.

Note: The list is solely based on performances in the 2021/22 season.

The biggest omissions from the list are Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, and Arsenal.

It’s almost three years since Barca won the La Liga title. They also crashed out of the Champions League group stage and lost their best player, Lionel Messi.

Juventus and Manchester United had terrible seasons, while Arsenal were maddening inconsistent, which cost the Gunners UEFA Champions League football at the end of the season.

Not that all the teams on this list were superb throughout the campaign, but they were better than the rest in 2021/22. Some did well domestically, while some were at their best in UEFA competitions.

1. Real Madrid

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Real Madrid were just absolutely brilliant in the second half of the season. They showed their experience by maintaining their lead in the La Liga title race, despite not being in top form.

It was in the UEFA Champions League that Carlo Ancelotti’s side dazzled, though — blowing away PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool on their way to winning the trophy.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior were out of this world last season.

At the end of the season, Real Madrid won La Liga, Supercopa Espana, and the Champions League, proving that they are currently the best soccer team in the world.

2. Manchester City

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Manchester City showed great determination to defend their English Premier League crown despite the best efforts of an unrelenting Liverpool side.

Pep Guardiola’s men dramatically won the league on the final day of the season.

They were unfortunate to have conceded a last-minute goal in the Champions League semifinals to eventual champions, Real Madrid.

More amazing was the fact that Man City played most of their matches last season without a recognised striker.

3. Liverpool

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Liverpool were a beast of a team in 2021/22, and they almost won an unprecedented quadruple.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side were unlucky to have lost the Premier League to Man City on the last day of the season. They also lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The Reds are formidable attacking team, as they have the best full-backs in their ranks.

Their consolation were the FA Cup and League Cup trophies, where they defeated a stubborn Chelsea side on penalties in both finals.

4. Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich were brilliant last season but fumbled when it mattered most when they shockingly lost to Villareal in the Champions League quarterfinals.

They also got eliminated from the DFB-Pokal but managed to win a historic 10th consecutive Bundesliga title.

5. PSG

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After signing the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnaruma, and Giorgio Wijnaldum to an already star-studded squad that has players like Kylian Mbappe and Neymar; many believed PSG will conquer the football world.

But alas! Mauricio Pochettino’s men flopped, especially in the UEFA Champions League, where they lost to Real Madrid in the round of 16 — despite a two goals advantage.

Still, the brilliance of Kylian Mbappe cannot be overlooked as he dragged PSG during various moments and guided them to the Ligue 1 title. The French attacker led both the goals and assists charts in France.

The club’s season could have gotten worse had Mbappe left on a free transfer, but PSG did everything to eventually convince him to stay. That singular act was an absolute win. If you want to know how important it was, ask Barcelona about Messi!!!

6. Chelsea

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Chelsea started the season as European champions and were on course for a decent season when their season got derailed by the Russian/Ukraine crisis through their owner, Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea are not just among the best soccer teams in London, but also one of the best soccer teams in the world.

Despite the huge distractions, Thomas Tuchel’s side can be applauded for an excellent season where they almost made a stunning comeback against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.

Chelsea were also unlucky to lose both the League Cup and FA Cup to Liverpool on penalties.

The Blues had a cause to celebrate when they became World champions after winning the FIFA Club World Cup.

Chelsea finished third in the league, behind the sensational duo of Manchester City and Liverpool.

7. AC Milan

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Last season, AC Milan stunned everyone by winning the Serie A for the first time in 11 years. Milan clinched the title on the final day of a brilliant league season.

AC Milan have some amazing young players in their squad, which points to a bright future for the Rossoneri.

8. Eintracht Frankfurt

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Eintracht Frankfurt shocked Barcelona by defeating the Catalan giants right at the Camp Nou in the Europa League quarterfinals.

Buoyed by that sensational victory, Frankfurt went all the way to winning the title — defeating Rangers in the final.

The Europa League triumph capped off a brilliant season for the German side.

9. Inter Milan

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Antonio Conte, Achraf Hakimi, and Romelu Lukaku’s departures threatened to derail Inter Milan no sooner than they had finally won the Serie A title after a decade.

Reports of their demise were being mooted, but Simone Inzaghi’s side proved them wrong.

Inter were brilliant in the league throughout last season and looked on course to defend their crown but unfortunately lost its city rivals, AC Milan, on the final day of the season.

Inter managed to win the Coppa Italia, though, dramatically defeating Juventus in the final courtesy of a late goal from Alexis Sanchez.

The Italian club have a very competitive squad now and are undoubtedly one of the best soccer teams in the world.

10. Villareal

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Unai Emery was set to become one of the best managers in the world when he led Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League titles.

But his reputation suffered a hit after disastrous spells at PSG and Arsenal.

He began rebuilding his image at Villareal and led them to clinch the Europa League trophy in 2021 by defeating Manchester United in the final — Villareal’s first major trophy.

In the 2021/22 season, Villarreal took a step further by progressing to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League — knocking out giants Juventus in the round of 16 and Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals, before eventually losing to Liverpool.

Villareal were unfazed whenever they came up against bigger oppositions, and this won them many admirers who love underdog stories.

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