IFFHS: Barcelona best of 2015, Real Madrid sixth
The Bonn-based statistics compilers also named La Liga as the strongest division in the world, ahead of Serie A and the Bundesliga.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has named Barcelona as the stand-out team of 2015. The Bonn-based statistical chronicler awarded Barcelona 379 points for the calendar year, in which the Camp Nou club won five titles (La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, European Supercup and Club World Cup). Only the Spanish Supercup eluded Luis Enrique's side as they attempted to replicate the sextuple under Pep Guardiola, with Athletic triumphant in the domestic pre-season duel.
The second- and third-placed teams were Juventus (286) and Napoli (268). The next-highest ranked Spanish side was Real Madrid, in sixth with 241 points. In 2014, the IFFHS placed Real top of its ranking after the conquest of the Décima and a Copa victory.
Enrique was also named manager of the year, while Leo Messi topped the charts for the best playmaker of 2015.
The IFFHS also named La Liga as the strongest division in 2015, the sixth time the institute has awarded Spain the accolade. Serie A and the Bundesliga were second and third.