Argentina has reclaimed the top spot in the FIFA rankings following their triumph in the World Cup tournament held in December 2022. The South American nation’s victory in the competition, which was held in Qatar saw them claim their first World Cup win since Maradona in 1986. As a result, they have leapfrogged France, who finished as runners-up in the World Cup, to claim the top spot in the rankings.
The rankings, which are updated on a monthly basis, take into account a team’s performance over the course of the past four years. Argentina’s impressive run of results in that time period, which included their World Cup victory. Saw them climb to the top of the rankings. They were previously ranked first in 2016 but had not held the position since then.
Argentina top the FIFA Men’s World Rankings for the first time in over six years 🏆 pic.twitter.com/9FcprPrgEA— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 6, 2023
France, who were the pre-tournament favorites rose to second place following their defeat in the final. Brazil, who had been ranked first in the previous edition of the rankings, fell to third place. Belgium and England complete the top five. While Portugal, Croatia, Italy, Netherlands and Spain make up the rest of the top ten.
The latest rankings are a reflection of the shifting fortunes of the world’s top footballing nations. While Brazil and Germany have traditionally been considered the powerhouses of international football. Recent years have seen other nations emerge as serious contenders. Argentina, France have enjoyed significant success in recent years and are widely regarded as some of the strongest teams in the world.
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For Argentina, the latest rankings are a testament to their status as the current world champions. The team, which is led by the GOAT forward Lionel Messi. Their World Cup victory in 2022, which saw them defeat France in the final, cemented their status as one of the best teams in the world. Their ranking at the top of the FIFA rankings is a reflection of their achievements on the field.