The UK has the longest tradition of playing football in the world, with England and Scotland having the two oldest national football teams. At the moment, England is ranked 12th on FIFA Men’s Ranking list and the English national team won the 4th place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Furthermore, England is the home of one of the strongest football leagues, the Premier League, which is watched all over the world.
But which football team in the UK is the best? To answer this question, we should consider certain criteria.
PREMIER LEAGUE WINNERS
As the Premier League is the strongest league in England, one of the criteria for determining the best team in the UK refers to the winners of this tournament. So far, 49 teams have taken part in this tournament and only 6 of them have won. Manchester United has won 13 times, Chelsea 5 times, Arsenal 3 times, Manchester City 3 times, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City once. Of course, there are other football teams that have achieved remarkable results, but since they have never won the Premier League they will be excluded from our discussion. Only these 6 teams will be considered for the title of the best football team in the UK.
Although the Premier League is the strongest league in England, we must consider other trophies as well. Manchester United has won 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, and 3 UEFA Champions Leagues. Chelsea has won 8 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, and 1 UEFA Champions League. Arsenal has won 13 FA Cups, 2 League Cups. Manchester City has won 5 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, while Blackburn Rovers has won 6 FA Cups and 1 League Cup.
FOOTBALL CLUB MONEY VALUE
The total money value of a football club gives us information on how good the players are and the future potential for acquiring new talent. The value of the top 5 richest English football clubs in 2017 was: Manchester United 3.69 bn dollars, Manchester City 2.08 bn dollars, Arsenal 1.93 bn dollars, Chelsea 1.85 bn dollars, and Liverpool 1.49 bn dollars.
Although previous achievements of a team are important when judging its quality, we have to admit that the best team is the current winner of the strongest league. Therefore, we declare Manchester City the best football team in the UK.