For the first time in history, a Brazilian club heads the annual ranking of the IFFHS, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. The Federation today released their ranking of the best clubs in the world for the 2021 season and Palmeiras surpassed European giants to claim first place. place. This is the first time in history that a Brazilian club is at the top of the list.
With 322 points, the Big Green trumped Atlético Mineiro and Manchester City, second and third in the ranking, respectively. Chelsea – a possible opponent of Palmeiras in the upcoming Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi – placed fourth.
The IFFHS 2021 ranking takes into account all competitions played between January 1st and December 31st of last year. Palmeiras’ back to back Libertadores titles and the Copa do Brasil title scored heavily.
Palmeiras are the 16th winner of the IFFHS annual club ranking. FC Barcelona (5 awards), Real Madrid (4) and FC Liverpool (3) are the clubs that most often have appeared at the top of the list. The other teams featuring are Roma, Ajax, PSG, Valencia, Atlético Madrid and Atlético Club Nacional.
From 1991 until 2014, the IFFHS list was monthly. During this period, Palmeiras was the only Brazilian team to lead it, on 4 occasions in 1999.