Okay. First off, who the hell knows what this all means, but I will never pass up the opportunity to crow about an accolade heaped upon our beloved club, especially one that is objectively subjective. Or subjectively objective. Or something that isn’t somebody saying “We are best. So there. Neener, neener.”
The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) has crunched the numbers, and found that since 1991, we are the best club in the world. That’s world, people, as in monde, mundo, everywhere you might even remotely be able to see when you go outside of wherever you are as you’re reading this, and look around.
Now, for some perspective. It’s only since 1991. EE supporters will say that were it for perpetuity, they would be the best club. And maybe they’d be right. South American football fans might say that their championships aren’t correctly weighted, and that the IFFHS places too much weight on Europe. And maybe they’d be right. Premiership fans would say that the Prem is still the best league in the world, no matter what numbers geeks say, so you Liga wussies can just suck it. And in their context, maybe they’d be right.
Which in no way ameliorates my pride that the club we all love so much, is once again called the best by somebody.
The formula used weights the overall results of all of the national leagues, competitions and cups among the six FIFA confederations (CAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, OFC, CONCACAF) and does the math.
Here’s the points breakdown:
1. FC Barcelona 807
2. Manchester United FC 726
3. Real Madrid 633
4. Juventus 633
5. AC Milan 620
6. Inter Milan 605
7. Bayern Munich 599
8. Arsenal 594
9. River Plate 503
10.Chelsea FC 491
Now, Isaiah and I had an e-mail exchange about this earlier today, and being the numbers guy that he is, I’m sure he will have reasons to wave a flag of “Well, I like it, but maybe not” at this. (Yes, that would be a big-ass flag.)
But to me, who could rationally be convinced that 2+2=5, daddy likey, and my little cule heart is warmed to its Blaugrana core.