Top 50: Club sides in world football (1)

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Manchester United and Liverpool fans look away now. Particularly if you're easily wound up. Because, according to the latest IFFHS rankings, both your clubs are inferior to FC Basel, Celtic and Rubin Kazan amongst others.

Based on a points system determined by form in both domestic and continental competitions, club's around the world are rewarded for wins and draws, with the quality of opposition also taken into account.

For example, the Premier League is regarded as one of the most tightly-contested division's in the world, and so top-flight sides in England are scored accordingly, compared to lesser European leagues with less talented and lower profile teams.

Only one Premier League side actually makes it into the top 10, but there are four other entrants featuring among the top 50, with Manchester United the lowest placed of the five.

The Red Devils' serious slump in form since the appointment of David Moyes at Old Trafford, looks to be having a detrimental effect on the club's standing based on statistics between February 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014.

However, if you thought that was bad, then spare a thought for Liverpool fans who miss out completely, with the Merseyside outfit way down in 129th position, despite a significant upturn in form since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

For a full breakdown of the IFFHS's top 200 clubs in world football CLICK HERE! Or alternatively, browse through the tabs - above or below - to see GiveMeSport's rundown of the top 50 to 1, and have your say on the table in the comment box provided!

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