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and February 28 2013, have produced some results that seem bizarre.
Another accolade: Chelsea should enjoy being No 1 in the world while it lasts
In second place are Atletico Madrid and third, Chelsea's vanquished Champions League final opponents Bayern Munich.
Fourth are Club World Cup champions Corinthians, while the mighty Barcelona are down in fifth.
The rankings are calculated by including results from national league matches, continental and intercontinental competitions and the most important national cup competition, ignoring results before the last 16 phase.
Nothing special: Cristiano Ronaldo and his friends are down in seventh
Results are awarded points depending on the level of competition. A draw in a national league game is worth two points and a win is four.
Champions League draws and wins are worth seven and 14 respectively, while Club World Cup semi-finals are worth the same.
A win in the Club World Cup final is worth 21 points – which explains how high up Corinthians are.
Lowly: Manchester United are only 19th, according to these bizarre rankings
Celtic are level with Manchester United in 19th, while Liverpool are 25th, Tottenham 37th and Arsenal 50th.
Premier League Champions Manchester City languish in 56th, largely because of their shoddy Champions League showings.
Off target: Man City are low down after poor European showings
The top 20 sides in the world
1. Chelsea (307)
2. Atletico Madrid (304)
3. Bayern Munich (292)
4. Corinthians (287)
5. Barcelona (283)
6. Boca Juniors (281)
7. Real Madrid (277)
8. Juventus (241)
9. Inter Milan (234)
10. Sao Paulo (230)
11. Universidad de Chile Santiago (223)
12. Fluminense (222)
13. Basel (220)
14. Fenerbahce (216)
16. Dortmund (215)
17. Lyon (214)
18. PSG (210)
19. Manchester United (205)
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Other English sides in the top 100
25. Liverpool (200)
37. Tottenham (186)
50. Arsenal (169)
56. Man City (161)
65. Newcastle (152)
Top 400 teams here