Brazil displaced Germany from the top of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings released on Thursday. The world champions Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup.
Argentina is in third and Switzerland, with a 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifiers, are fourth. This is higher than they have been since 1994.
Poland, are at a historic high of fifth having dropped just two points in their own qualifiers as European champions Portugal dropped two places to fifth.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles of Nigeria have climbed once again, moving up one notch to 38th position in the world and sixth in Africa.
Also making progress on the rankings is Cameroon, who climbed one spot to 37th in the world and fifth on the continent.
Both teams will clash next month in crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria will host them in Uyo on September 1 with the reverse game in Yaounde three days later.
FIFA Rankings Top Five
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings will be published on September 14, 2017.