Proof that Leeds are still a huge club after surprise ranking over Everton and Spurs on all-time winners list

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Proof if it was needed that Leeds United are still a huge club has emerged from a new all time winners list of teams from the top six European leagues.

A study by Sky Sports of the six European top flight leagues in England, Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy and Portugal has resulted in a ranking list of 375 clubs from best to worst in terms of winning percentages from the number of games they have played at the top level.

The study revealed that 34-time Primeira Liga champions Benfica are Europe's best ever team with a domestic win percentage of 67.77% from their 2,271 Portuguese top flight games since the country's first division was formed in 1934/35.

Meanwhile German side Tasmania 1900 Berlin are officially the worst ever top flight side with a 5.88% winning ratio from their single season among their country's elite.

Manchester United top the list of English sides but only make it into 13th place in the European list overall but that will be down the to the fact the Premier League is so much more competitive from top to bottom than its rivals.

Leeds trump Premier League regulars

But the big story to emerge from the list is that Leeds United, who were relegated from the Premier League over a decade ago in 2004, still sit an astonishing fourth on the English list and 29th across the six European leagues.

The Elland Road giants and three-time champions, now playing in the Championship, have won 41.01% of their 2,063 games in English top tier.

And that leaves them ahead of current Premier League sides such as Everton (40.77%), Tottenham Hotspur (40.69%), Aston Villa (40.57%) and even reigning champions Chelsea (40.05%) on the list.

That is despite all four of those sides remaining in the Premier League continuously for the 11 years since Leeds' fall from grace.

The sleeping giant

The decline of the Whites has been so acute it has even coined its own unwelcome phrase "Doing a Leeds" which has become synonymous with the potential dire consequences for domestic clubs of financial mismanagement.

A succession of owners, managers and players have all tried but failed to restore the great club to its former glory.

But those that do eventually get it right will have a juggernaut on their hands.

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