The international governing body of football released the rankings for countries on Thursday, September 14, 2017 with Germany taking the top spot.
The most notable change in the FIFA World Ranking’s top 10 has to be that of the Portuguese national team. They have moved three places up to occupy the third position after placing sixth in the previous edition of the chart in August. The Selecção das Quinas have performed above expectations in recent competitions having triumphed in the Euro 2016 and also finishing third in this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Portugal have equaled their best ever ranking in their history having come third in May–June 2010, October 2012 and April–June 2014 respectively.
During the just-ended international break, Ronaldo guided his nation to claim all six points against Faroe Islands and Hungary in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The skipper netted a hat-trick and provided an assist against Group B’s fourth-placed side on Matchday 7. He then set up Andre Silva’s winning goal on Hungarian soil on Matchday 8.
With Portugal securing a playoff spot, they are in a good position to reach Russia 2018 with two matches to go and three points adrift the world’s seventh-placed nation, Switzerland. The European champions will be back in action against Andorra on October 7 before bracing themselves up for the final group showdown in Lisbon on October 10, 2017.