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World Power Rankings

Making sense of a wild week in football

Updated: February 17, 2011, 3:40 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

The return of Europe's premier competition threw some wrinkles into the power dynamics of international soccer, making domestic leagues subservient to the chase for the big cup once more. After half of the first legs of the round of 16 in the Champions League were played, here are the 10 hottest teams in the world.

1. (Last week: 2) Real Madrid

18 wins, 2 losses, 3 draws (league); 5-0-1 (Champions League)

It wasn't pretty, but Real scraped out another win, picking up ...

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