Date: 28th March 2018 at 12:37pm
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Fantastic news: As of March 2018, Manchester City FC has been ranked the fourth best global football club.

The source, who compiled the statistics, came up with their findings after they followed some in-depth and complicated number crunching.

In the end however, Pep Guardiola’s team were ranked marginally behind Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

How do the statisticians come up with these figures?

The source, FiveThirtyEight devised the methodology by doing this.

Four metrics are used from each match ? goals scored, adjusted goals, shot-based expected goals and non-shot expected goals ? to evaluate team performances.

Those evaluations are expressed as offensive and defensive ratings for each team. And those ratings, in turn, let them calculate win/loss/draw probabilities for future matches and simulate the season thousands of times to estimate each team’s chances of winning the title.

Have I lost anyone yet?

Offensive SPI
The number of goals the team is expected to score in such a match.

Defensive SPI
The number of goals the team is expected to concede in such a match.

Overall SPI
The percentage of points the team is expected to take in such a match.

How they rated the quality and importance of each match.

If you want to find out how they rated the quality and importance of each match, may I suggest you click or tap here.

My head hurts!

Worldwide rankings

UPDATE – the bleeding graph’s HTML coding is playing up and so if you want to see the result, in full click / tap here.

Statistic: Best soccer club teams worldwide as of March 2018, by Soccer Power Index* | StatistaFind more statistics at Statista

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