FIFA has released December football rankings. This will be the final one for 2018. Germany has dropped to 16th on the list. The Netherlands continues to climb up because they are now ranked 15th. The sixth place is occupied by Portugal, 7th by Uruguay, 8th by Switzerland, 9th by Spain and Denmark complete the top ten. The best ranked African team takes position 23rd on the list. Let us now recognize the five best national teams in 2018 according to this final ranking of 2018.
5. England- 1,631 Points
Gareth Southgate and his team helped unite and delight the nation as they made it through to the semi-finals in Russia
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 19, 2018
England reached the semi-finals of 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. The Three Lions carried the good form to the newly-launched UEFA Nations League. They defeated Croatia and Spain to book a place in the 2019 semi-finals. They fully deserve to be in the top five. Gareth Southgate might argue his side should be at least ahead of Croatia.
4. Croatia- 1,634 Points
Croatia President presenting Luka Modric & the Croatia team with an award for their performance at the World Cup 🏅 pic.twitter.com/Y6TQV8xbxr
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) November 13, 2018
Unlike England, World Cup finalists Croatia have struggled to maintain the top form that earned them a place in history a few months ago in Russia. The Central Europeans failed to progress in UEFA Nations League. They will play in the second division of that competition when it returns in 2020.
Ballon d'Or winner, 2018 🏆
Luka Modric has been showing off his award to the Bernabeu crowd! 👏 pic.twitter.com/bpzwJkxkXo
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 15, 2018
However, this group of players will always be celebrated in Croatia. They managed to reach the final of the most important tournament in the World. France overpowered them 4-2 but they were still winners for many fans. Luka Modric exploits in the summer showpiece has earned him UEFA Men Player of the Year Award, FIFA Best Award, and Ballon d’Or award to end Ronaldo and Messi dominance.
3. Brazil- 1,676 Points
🇧🇷@neymarjr struck again, taking Brazil back to the top of the all-time #WorldCup scoring charts – finishing on 129 – before Roberto Firmino finished the job against 🇲🇽@miseleccionmxEN to tee up a meeting with 🇧🇪@BelRedDevils pic.twitter.com/2VJGISHyFJ
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 8, 2018
Brazil is ranked third on this list because they remain ‘The Great Brazil’ no matter what Neymar does on the pitch. The Samba Boys failed to go past the quarterfinals in 2018 World Cup but they remain one of the best teams in the game.