How A-League sides compare in global club rankings as Melbourne Victory placed higher than Leeds United

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Like most sports, football just can't resist comparisons. Whether it be between players, managers or clubs, fans of the round ball are always wondering how one stands up to the other.

The A-League is no different and statistics-based website FiveThirtyEight have crunched the numbers of 576 footballs clubs from around the globe to see which are the strongest and the weakest. 

Making the most of data based around match performance, match ratings and general league strength, the site has crowned Manchester City as the current strongest club with Barcelona second and Bayern Munich third.

Unsurprisingly, no A-League side cracks the top 100, but after claiming a fourth championship Melbourne Victory are the highest ranked sitting at 185th - two places higher than English side Leeds United.

A little further back sit Sydney FC in 193rd with Superliga side Vélez Sarsfield and Swiss side Zurich on either side of the Sky Blues.

Going down the list Melbourne City are 277th, Newcastle Jets 354th, Western Sydney Wanderers 403rd, Perth Glory 409th, Brisbane Roar 416th and Adelaide United 426th.

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Wellington Phoenix have been ranked 500th with last season's wooden spooners Central Coast Mariners rounding out the A-League contingent at 528th.

The dreaded final spot on the 576 strong list went to English League Two outfit Grimsby Town.

Check out the full list here.

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