Bayern Munich were crowed champions of Europe last month after previous heartbreak, which included defeats in finals to Inter Milan and Chelsea.

Will this triumph be enough to spearhead a challenge to become the number one club in Europe?

Here we take a look at the top five clubs in Europe according to UEFA’s Club Coefficients System.

The club coefficient rankings are based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

5. Manchester United | 130.592 Points

Under the guidance of now-retired legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, United have reached two Champions League finals in the last five years. A poor showing last year, however, in which they only made the last 16 of the Europa League really dented any hopes of challenging for the number one spot.

4. Real Madrid | 135.605 Points

Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s club president, has placed a huge significance on Champions League glory during his tenure, and failure to do that is what has cost José Mourinho his job. Reaching the semi-final stage in the last three years would be good for most sides, but Mourinho still left by apparent “mutual consent”.

3. Chelsea | 137.593 Points

With multiple managers, Chelsea are the number one English team in Europe in the last five seasons. Ironically their two triumphs have come under interim bosses winning the Champions League and Europa League with Robbie Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, respectively. Can the return of Mourinho pave the way for more success in Europe?

2. Bayern Munich | 146.923 Points

Amazingly, appearances in three out of the last five Champions League finals, including one win is not enough to make it as the number one club in European competition.

After experiencing the pain of defeat in 2010 and 2012 Bayern were finally won the Champions League as part of a historic treble, under the departing coach Jupp Heynckes.

1. FC Barcelona | 157.605

It is testament to the strength of Barcelona as a club that they have not been knocked out of the Champions League before the semi-finals stage at all in the last five seasons.

Champions of Europe in 2009 and 2011, they have been dubbed as the best team of all time by many pundits lead by the likes of Lionel Messi the four-time World Player of the Year.

What do you think? Do Barcelona deserve to be number one? - Remember these ratings are for European competition only.


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