Barcelona top 2012 Club World Ranking
Barcelona ranked best club in world football in 2012 - Chelsea top Premier League pile
Barcelona have topped the 2012 club world rankings, published by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, with an accumulated total of 307 points.
The Spanish giants retain their place at the top of the IFFHS charts from 2011, becoming the first club to claim top honours in four different years, following previous successes in 1997 and 2009.
The only other clubs to have finished in first place on more than one occasion, are Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Sevilla.
Barcelona finished the calendar year as runaway leaders, as the only side to record more than 300 points, despite a relatively poor trophy return by the Catalan club's own high standards, winning only the Copa del Rey trophy in 2012.
European champions Chelsea - who knocked Barca out at the Champions League semi-final stage - are Spanish giants' closest rivals, claiming second spot with 279 points.
Brazilian giants Boca Juniors and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid lie just behind the Blues in joint-third place with 278 points, while Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup winners Corinthians complete the top five, with 272 points.
Champions League and Bundesliga runners-up Bayern Munich take sixth place with 270 points, and Real Madrid - who reclaimed the La Liga title from Barcelona last season, ending their three-year supremacy at the Spanish summit - occupy seventh spot with 259 points.
Serie A champions Juventus are in eighth place with 231 points, while Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund are ninth with 226 points. And, completing the top ten club world rankings is Ligue 1 giants Lyon, who earned 224 points from the IFFHS ranking system.
Manchester United are the second highest ranked Premier League club, despite a winless 2012. They rose three places from last year to 27th with 194 points, while Liverpool's League Cup triumph sees them move up 11 places to 28th two points behind United, alongside Paris Saint-Germain, as the third highest English representative.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are in a comparatively low 40th spot with 177 points, while Tottenham (166 points) lead north London rivals Arsenal (163 points) by three points and two places, just outside the top 50, in 52nd and 54th place.
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