It doesn’t take an expert to look at Argentina and Brazil´s respective 10-game records and see which is enjoying their football more at the moment.
While Argentina fail to find consistency under coach Edgardo Bauza, having won just four of their last ten matches, Brazil have a 100 percent record and last month became the first team to secure qualification for the World Cup in Russia.
As such, Argentina slipped to second position in FIFA´s official rankings, as rivals Brazil assumed top spot for the first time in seven years.
The Brazilians have enjoyed a new lease of life under coach Tite, who took over the role after Dunga failed to take the team past the group stages of the Copa America Centenaria last year.
With convincing victories over Uruguay and Paraguay in the most recent round of international fixtures, Tite´s side confirmed their status as the strongest team in South America. A less than emphatic win over Chile and a 2-0 defeat to Bolivia however, has dealt another blow to Argentina´s World Cup hopes, as well as Bauza´s future as head coach.
Argentina do however remain above current World Cup holders Germany, who defeated the Albiceleste in the final back in 2014. Brazil need not be reminded of their encounter with the Germans in that tournament though, losing 7-1 on home soil to go out in the quarter-finals.
Chile stayed put in fourth position, while Colombia moved up two places to fifth. Uruguay went down six places to fifteenth.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) 6 de abril de 2017