Argentina clinched the top spot as South American nations dominated the monthly Fifa rankings on Thursday with five teams, half of the continent’s total, in the top 10.
Argentina’s World Cup qualifying wins away at Chile and home to Bolivia dislodged Belgium, who had been leading for the previous five months but dropped into second.
Despite the defeat, Chile climbed to third, an all-time high, with Colombia one place behind them in fourth, Brazil seventh and Uruguay ninth.
The rankings did not make such happy reading for Asia, who had only two teams in the top 50, Iran in 42nd and regional champions Australia in 50th.
Algeria were African’s highest-placed team in 33rd, one ahead of Ivory Coast, while 16th-ranked Mexico led the way for CONCACAF. Three-times continental champions Nigeria dropped to 67th after failing to qualify for next year’s African Nations Cup.
The Indian football team dropped two spots to be placed 162nd with 142 points to their name.
India ended the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on a disappointing note with seven losses in eight matches, ending their campaign with a 1-2 loss against Turkmenistan.
Iran (42) made a leap of two places to be the highest ranked Asian nation, followed by Australia (50) and South Korea (56).