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Argentina is still celebrating the title at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in which Lionel Messi led a team that went from low to high and achieved an unquestionable conquest after beating France in a penalty shootout, in what many consider to be the best final ever.
However, the Albiceleste does not lead the new FIFA ranking, which was revealed this Thursday: the team led by Lionel Scaloni rose from fourth to second place and was behind Brazil, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Croatia.
In the report, FIFA clarifies that if Argentina had defeated France in the final in Qatar in regular time, they would have been up in the standings.
Precisely the runners-up in the world complete the ranking podium.
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The other two semifinalists of the World Cup in Qatar, Croatia and Morocco, star in the most important rise in the FIFA ranking: the Europeans rose 5 places to finish in seventh place, while the Africans, who made history by finishing among the best four for the first time in history, they climbed 11 positions to 11th place.
Belgium, which was second in the ranking, fell two places after being eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup, in what was one of the great disappointments of the competition.
While Croatia was the only team to break into the top 10, Denmark suffered the consequences of their group stage elimination from Qatar and dropped from 8th to 18th place.
Beyond the first places, the FIFA ranking offers some other curious data.
For example, Saudi Arabia, which delivered one of the great coups of the World Cup by beating Argentina in the first match of Group C, moved up two places to 49th place. However, it is almost equal to Burkina Faso, which was in 50th place after gaining four places.
The Africans did not even qualify for the World Cup.
The next update of the FIFA ranking will be published on April 6.
The new ranking of teams published by FIFA.
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