Barcelona is the best Spanish football team of the 21st century due to its results in all competitions, although the Real Madrid It has surpassed him in titles in Europe, according to a study by the Spanish Soccer History and Statistics Research Center (CIHEFE).
The work, prepared by the soccer researcher, Jose del Olmo, analyzes the evolution of the performance of Spanish teams among the 2000-2001 and 2019-2020 seasons after establishing some scales that affect the results of the matches and that place Real Madrid behind the Catalan club in second position.
To determine the merits, Del Olmo shares the criteria of the International Federation of Soccer History and Statistics (IFFHS), which is responsible for annually delivering the award for the best club in the world per calendar year.
Among other classificatory variables, in the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, the teams can get, according to this scale, up to nine points for a victory and three for a draw. Results in European competitions are also valued, League O Copa del ReyTherefore, in order to achieve a good position, the number of games played and won largely influences, more than the titles obtained.
The Barcelona tops the ranking with 3,465 points, followed by Real Madrid (3,347) and Atlético de Madrid (2,149), which is third despite the fact that this Madrid team has played more than one campaign this period in the second division.
They are followed by Valencia (2,193), Seville (1,992), Villarreal (1,648), Athletic Club (1,0405), Deportivo de La Coruña (1,395), Celta (1,664), Espanyol (1,444), Betis (one thousand 137), Real Sociedad (one thousand 108), Malaga (one thousand 035), Getafe (one thousand 28) and Mallorca (one thousand 9), which complete the list of the fifteen clubs that exceed one thousand points in this scale established by CIHEFE.
In this sense, Del Olmo, pointed to EFE that the most remarkable thing is the great trajectory of Villarreal, a club that at the beginning of the century was an upstart in the first division and that has managed to position itself, despite having played a year in the second division, ahead of clubs with more historical tradition.
The work also specifies the classification by competitions and in the League the three best are Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia and in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona, Seville and Real Madrid.
In the Champions League the best is Real Madrid, ahead of Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, while Barcelona leads the ranking in terms of the global number of titles obtained with 34, ahead of Real Madrid, with 29.
They are followed by Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla with ten, ahead of Valencia (6), Deportivo (4), Zaragoza (3), Villarreal (2) and with one Athletic Club, Espanyol, Celta, Betis, Mallorca or Malaga, although in This section adds as a title from a Champions League to an Intertoto Cup, a competition that has now disappeared and has a better rank.