Top 10 football clubs in the world this season
With a lot of surprises hitting season 2017-18, which club has outsmarted others as the best club in the world?
“When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.”
Dennis Bergkamp couldn't have defined it better.
Football clubs hold a special place in the hearts of all fans around the globe. Seeing them play week in week out is probably the best end to a week a football fan could ask for.
With a host of heavyweights currently active in the sport, it is but natural to see the fans debating about which club holds the crown as the world's ultimate footballing institution.
Had the debate been waged last season, Real Madrid would have been the obvious answer. They were downright invincible back then, but the current scenario is far from what it was last year.
While the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea have suffered for their inconsistent league campaigns, the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus have maintained their standards.
On that note, let's have a look at the top 10 football clubs currently ruling the earth this season.
#10 AS Roma
AS Roma's recent rout of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals is a fine testament to the beautiful game's element of unpredictability and the ability to surprise its fans. However, as well as they turned a 3-0 deficit, have they been that good in their overall season 2017-18?
Of course, their Champions League campaign has been a fairytale and the most vital reason why they were able to enter this list in the first place. In spite of being fairly inconsistent in the league, they have managed to notch the 3rd position which seems an uphill task considering how intensely competitive the Serie A was when it started in August.
A major flaw in Eusebio Di Francesco's setup has been the conversion of chances into goals. Like many heavyweights on this list, La Magica have notched an impressive average of 16.7 shots per game in attack, but they have netted only 81 times in all competitions.
They have conceded an alarming 11.8 shots per game, which makes them the most vulnerable team in terms of defence on this list. Their early round of 16 exit at the hands of Torino in Coppa Italia is a fine testimony to their weak backline.
Yet, with the quality of the squad Roma have, they have certainly exceeded expectations in the Champions League this season. If they can work on being consistent in the domestic competitions, why, Roma will certainly be a force to reckon with in Italy next season.