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Many will argue that football is the world’s most popular sport and has been for many years. Football leagues across the world have been known to carry so much vigor and passion. With fans not only on the pitch but off the pitch as well. Many clubs try to avoid the screams from rival fans at derby matches to the relegation battles. The love for football leagues is absolutely incredible. Yes, the World Cup and other National team competitions are thrills to watch, but the excitement is through the roof for the international leagues with different clubs vying for the throne of league champions. It is no wonder that there are many football leagues across different continents and countries.
As a result of the popularity of football across the world, there are more than 200 football leagues right now. Some leagues have as many as three to four divisions that clubs play to gain promotion to higher tiers of football leagues in their countries. Therefore, the debate on the top football leagues has continued to be an endless battle among pundits. Although there are many football leagues, some standout leagues have truly resonated with football fans all over the world.
The saturation of the best players in the world will surely make room for excitement, and the regular transfer of players from one league to another also adds to the rank of the football leagues. For example, the signing of one of the greatest players ever to grace the beautiful game, Lionel Messi, to PSG will bring more fans tuned to Ligue 1, adding more prestige to the already exciting competition. This has been the case even in Eric Cantona, Maradona, Ronaldo Nazario, Zidane, Valderrama, Alan Shearer, and other top players. There is always an extra buzz to football leagues bolstered by the move of quality players
Other criteria qualify the leagues that will be featured in our list—the UEFA club competitions, which showcase the best teams across the top leagues in Europe. So, you have clubs from Azerbaijan, Romania, France, England, Germany, and many others competing for either the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Some clubs have dominated the European scene by winning the UEFA competitions on multiple occasions. Real Madrid is the most decorated, winning the Champions League 13 times, while Sevilla has the most wins of the UEFA Europa League with six titles to their name. From this statistic alone. People might argue that the Spanish La Liga should be the top league in the world. This is where the other criteria come in.
We will also look at the competition among teams in each of the top leagues selected in this article. We look at the number of goals scored and conceded. Plus, how tight the race for the championship and relegation battles in each of the leagues in the world. Furthermore, the number of points accrued by each team every week of play. A football league that no one knows the winner of until the last day of the season makes for so much excitement and media buzz worldwide. This note leads us to the next criterion, which is followership.
As much as continental trophies and the club representation in these competitions are great, the followership of the leagues across the world is a strong ranking criterion. The competitiveness, value of players, gameplay, and the overall setting of the league makes for viewership. Also, some leagues have TV rights that cut across different boundaries of the world. This means that people can enjoy league matches from anywhere they are in the world. Hence, the level of accessibility also makes for strong followership. The social media hype and media rounds also add to the football league’s revenue. Other side attractions that enable the fans to become close to the game are essential criteria for ranking, which will be examined in this article.
We gathered the ranking information from FIFA, Wikipedia, 90 Min, and Statista. Without any further ado, let’s look at the top ten football leagues in the world.
10. Major League Soccer MLS
Yes, there is a general disposition that Americans are not football fanatics, but things have changed over the years. Contrary to some pundits’ opinion, the MLS is one of the most exciting football leagues globally. The introduction of players like David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Carlos Vela, and some other top players in the world have made the league even more exciting.
The teams from the MLS compete in the CONCACAF Champions League, and in 2020, Los Angeles came close to clinching the title in the final. The state of American Football has improved since the turn of the century and has seen top-quality football be played across different parts of the USA. Players like Wayne Rooney, Blaise Matuidi, and Gonzalo Higuain have made the league very exciting to watch and are regarded as one of the world’s richest leagues.
The league is set up so that teams are split into two parts, Eastern and Western Conference. Both conferences have 13 and 14 trams in their roster that compete for the title.
Style of Play
The MLS enjoy the long balls over the top floated towards the main striker; the approach play is more direct with teams using hold-up plays to get the full-backs into action. Most times, teams rely on the individual brilliance of their players. Carlos Vela, Wayne Rooney and Higuain have all come up with the goods when it comes to securing the win for their teams.
MLS is broadcast on ESPN, which means the matches are live to more than 50 million viewers. Therefore, the football league is popular at home and abroad.
Teams generate up to 200 million dollars from Sponsorship deals, TV rights, merchandise and ticket sales. Top teams like DC United, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire have up to 50,000 fans in their stadiums each match day.
9. Primiera Liga
The Portuguese league is one of the most fiercely contested football divisions in the world. The tussle for dominance among Benfica, Porto, Sporting CP has existed since the 90s. Who can forget how Jose Mourinho took Porto to the 2004 UEFA Champions League. Since that time, people have started to take note of the league.
The Primera Liga has produced top talents in world football today and keeps on dishing out great footballers. Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Edison Cavani, David Luiz, Alex, Bruno Fernandes and a host of others came from teams in the Portuguese league.
Although the league is decided among the three top teams, the Portuguese league still has some form of excitement. With the crowd whistling and cheering the opponents and players respectively.
The Primera Liga has fans all over the world but has not been able to breakthrough in terms of viewership in major European countries like England and Spain. However, top European teams gain talent from the Primera Liga. The attendance is something to look at as there are an average of 50,000 fans at every match day.
8. Liga MX
The Liga MX in Mexico is a great league and even more exciting with the quality of play. The fans are always packed on match days with teams trying to get the title.
The Liga MX have dominated the CONCACAF tournaments with Tigres UNAL winning the 2020 edition. The Mexican teams have also been successful in reaching the final rounds of the club world cup.
The league also has some formidable players like Gignac, Alexis Canelo, who are lighting up the scene in Mexico.
Style of play
Soccer in North America is more or less the same in the South. The flair and individual brilliance of players are always on display. But one major feature in the gameplay is the use of crosses into the box. For teams with target man upfront, crosses in the box have been used more often. Although, a series of defense-splitting passes have come up.
Unfortunately, not many people outside of Mexico watch the league. Although, it is thrilling to see how the league unfolds with different teams being contenders. The broadcasting has been an issue. However, the Continental wins and performance in world club competitions have made football fans take note.
7. Liga de Professional – The Argentine Primera Division
If you have ever watched a match between Boca Juniors and River Plate, you will understand how competitive this league is. Aside from the fiercely contested rivalry between these two clubs, the Argentine Primera Division is one of the biggest football leagues in the whole of South America. From the amazing decorations in the stadium accompanied by the victorious chants of every single fan in the packed stadiums, the Argentine Primera Division is an epitome of passion.
Asides from the crunch tackles and loud noise of excitement in the stadium, the Argentine Primera division is filled with flair and beautiful goals. With the caliber of players that the league boasts of, it is no surprise that they have dominated the continental championships alongside the Brazilian League. In 2018, Defensa y Justicia won the Copa Sudamericana which is the second most prestigious continental competition after the Copa Libertadores. The last season, the 2019/2020 season of the football league, was won by Boca Juniors, clinching their 34th title after a hard-fought battle in the league. That same year, both RiverPlate and Boca Juniors played in the highly anticipated all-Argentina Copa Libertadores final. RiverPlate became the eventual winner, but the matchup shows how influential the Argentina Primera division is in South America.
There have been many famous and world-class players that have graced the Argentine Primera division over the years. Some of the players like Martin Palermo who has a reputation for scoring insane long-range goals. He once scored a header from 40 meters out. He spent ten years in the Argentine Primera Division. We cannot talk about the great players without mentioning the great Diego Maradona, who is tragically late, but his mark in Argentina knows no bounds.
The famous stadium of Boca Juniors has been named after him as a tribute to his contribution to the league and millions of fans all over the world. Other players left their mark on the Argentine Primera division before leaving for other clubs in Europe. Hernan Crespo went on to become one of the most prolific strikers in Italy and in England. Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao, Javier Saviola, Pablo Aimar and a host of quality players.
Another fascinating thing about the Argentine Primera Division is the quality of goals scored in the league. Quintero’s goal for RiverPlate against Racing in 2019 was voted the third-best goal in the world for that year, and previously, they have been other nominees. But it is a norm in South America for scoring flamboyant goals. Whether it is an overhead kick, solo run, or a goal from the midfield, the league is packed with these thrills.
The gameplay for the league is fast-paced; you have to be strong and fast to keep up with the pace of the intel Argentina Primera Division. The last season did not see too many goals as there were 631 scored in the whole league. The top scorers Silvio Romero and Rafael Santos scored only twelve goals each, showing how competitive the league is.
Argentine Primera Division is fiercely contested by 26 teams which comprise 24 teams from the previous season and two promoted teams from the Primera Nacional championship.
This was the 2008 Apertura Tournament where Boca Juniors were victorious over San Lorenzo. In retrospect, the league has fans from different parts of the world, from Asia, Europe, and South America. Interestingly, Matt Damon, one of Hollywood’s respected actors on a visit to watch Boca Juniors, said it was the most extreme sports event he had ever been in.
6. Brazil Serie A
The Compensate Brasileirao is one of the most competitive leagues in South America and the world. Some of the fittest footballers playing in top leagues in Europe started from the Brazil Serie A. The Brazilian Serie A is a fiery competition contested every season by 20 teams which has seen many great games throughout the season. The electrifying feels of the samba drums joining forces with the chants of the passionate fans will make you understand why the beautiful game of football men’s so much to the players and the fans.
In the recently concluded 2020/2021 season, Flamengo won the title with 71 points, it was their 9th title, and the team has been one of the most decorated in the Brazilian League. Other rivals have staked their claim not only in the Brazilian League but also in the continental competitions. Teams like Santos, Corinthians, São Paulo, Internacional, and others. Besides being recognized in the continental competitions as favorites, teams from the Brazilian leagues have been able to hold their own. They have done this against tough opposition from all over the world. In 2019, Flamengo played in the Club World Cup final due to being champions of South America for that year. They eventually lost to Liverpool, but their rise to the competition final was remarkable, further showing how well Brazilian football has evolved.
The Brazilian Serie A has been responsible for growing many renowned players today; the likes of Neymar, Maicon, Dani Alves, Kaka, Willian, Taison, and other stars have been a product of the Brazilian league. Who can forget the enigmatic Ronaldinho who shone for Gremio and lit up the Brazilian leagues when he played? The league still continues to produce formidable talent that represents the colors of Brazilian and other South American countries. Brazilian clubs have dominated the Copa Libertadores in the last two years; Flamengo won it in 2019, and Palmeiras won the 2020 edition of the prestigious competition.
One of the reasons the Brazilian League is fiercely contested is the uncertainty that each league season brings. Although there are a lot of favorites, with Flamengo, Palmeiras are leading the betting odds. But, other clubs like Gremio, Santos, and most recently Atletico Mineiro, who are topping the standings, have been challengers. The 2021 season has taken off to a flyer as Atletico Mineiro, after 15 games, is leading the standings with Palmeiras in second and Flamingo in fifth place. Santos and Sao Paulo are eighth and sixteenth, respectively.
This shows how unpredictable the league is; hence, it makes for more excitement as there are no guaranteed favorites. The introduction of some new players from top European clubs has made the Brazilian league more exciting to watch. The most decorated footballer, Dani Alves, who recently won the Olympics for Brazil, plays for Sao Paulo; other players include Alexander Pato, Robinho, and Hulk.
The Brazilian league from 2017 to 2019 has generated roughly over 1.7 billion dollars in revenue and continues to grow with the transfer of some top stars from Europe. There is no doubt that the league has evolved from the grassroots football some units have labeled it to be. The pitches and refs have improved tremendously, with officials being picked to officiate top international competitions worldwide. This has made more fans follow the league more keenly, with the attendance rising to above 60,000 on mist match days.
5. French Ligue 1
In recent days, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the French Ligue 1, which will change the way people see the league. For some time, pundits have labeled the league as non-standard in their exact words but more of taking a swing at the league’s competitiveness. Most pundits believe there are obvious winners of the French Ligue, with PSG the name of every pundit’s lips. More lips will begin to sing “Allez Paris” with the arrival of Lionel Messi, who signed a two-year deal with the French giants. But, French Ligue 1 before the signing of Messi has proven to be one of the best leagues in the world. Asides from the conglomeration of stars like Neymar, Mbappe, Payet, Yilmaz, and others. There are still some surprises that make fans scream with excitement.
An example was the 2020/2021 season, where Lille emerged as the winner of the Championship. There were unexpected results throughout the season, with PSG, AS Monaco, Marseille dropping vital points. Some years before this past season, Lille had won the league with the likes of Gervinho and Eden Hazard, making people take note of the French league as a top-tier league. AS Monaco had won the league before when Radamel Falcao, Joa Moutinho, Mbappe, and Bernado Silva were pulling strings. It is evident that some teams have shared the glory of being the French Ligue 1 champions, but there is no denying the dominance of PSG in recent years.
What makes the French Ligue 1 so exciting is the way the “average sides” are contending for the league title. No one predicted Lille coming up so strong last season. But before the arrival of Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Mbappe, Di Maria to PSG, Lyon dominated the scene in France, winning back-to-back titles from 2001 to 2007. Other teams that have been successful in the climb to the summit of the French Ligue 1 were St Etienne, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, and Nantes. Therefore, the new 2021/2022 season promised to be a cracker with new faces added to the mix.
It is undeniable that more fans and viewership rights to show the French Ligue 1 will be more with the arrival of Messi. It is only normal, the same way the league peaked with Payet, Neymar, Ibrahimovic, David Luiz and other top stars.
The French Ligue 1 has been in existence since 1932, last season witnessed up to 1.7 million viewers of the football league. We will wait to see how this new season will go.
Style of Play
Let us talk about the gameplay; with the mix of coaches from different parts of the world, there is a flair for the game in France. It is fast-paced and sometimes can be draining even for the players. Matches are usually tense socially when rivals play against each other. The jeers from fans against the Club and selected players can also add some spice to the highly contested matches in play. The French Ligue 1 teams have unfortunately been unlucky when it comes to the continental championships such as UEFA Champions League and the Europa League. PSG lost to Bayern in August 2020 making only Marseille the only French side to win the champions league. Hence, the heavy criticism from pundits against the league.
In terms of individual performances, club revenues, and stadium capacity, the French Ligue 1 is one of the best leagues in the world.
4. Serie A – Italy
Serie A is the premier league division in Italy; the competition is contested by 20 teams which after the end of a season, three teams go down in relegation. The best three teams in Serie B gain promotion to fight to stay in the top-flight division, Serie A.
The league kicked off in 1898, with Genoa becoming the first winner of the elite league with Inter Milan coming in second. As the years rolled on, the power shift was evident as other winners started to emerge, the likes of Lazio, Torino, Pro Vercelli, Bologna, and others. But by the turn of the 1900s, power resided with some formidable teams, Ac Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan. These three powerhouses have been a force to reckon with, with each team winning the scudetto at least five times. Inter Milan contributed from 2005 till 2010 with Ronaldo, Adriano, Obafemi Martins, Hernan Crespo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Samuel Eto’o fighting on all cylinders at the time. AC Milan, its neighboring Club, broke the chain after, but from the 2011/2012 season, we saw the “Old lady” dominance. Juventus won nine straight titles until Inter Milan broke the jinx season.
Serie A is also known for its hard tackling and direct style of play. The Italians approach the game straight forward, with the wingbacks being called into play most of the time. The game revolved around the point man of each team. Either the towering figure of a center forward or a fast-paced winger who could cut inside and bend the ball were the ways they played. Other times, teams would rely on the mastery and skill of the midfielders who could thread passes in a blocked defense. Whatever approach, one thing’s for sure, the Italian style of play is attack and defense. The style of play has attracted many players and managers to improve the way the league is structured. The arrival of managers like Carlo Ancelotti, Claudio Ranieri, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Luciano Spaletti, and a host of top-tier coaches have enhanced the league’s credibility. As these managers have come into the fray, so will quality players come and decorate the league.
We have seen players like Pirlo, Pogba, Del Piero, Nedved, Totti, the list goes on, become heroes of their clubs. There was a time that Ronaldinho, Beckham and Pirlo, all played on the same team; football fans were treated to a mouth-watering class in football when those three graced the AC Milan jersey. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo also boosted the way the league appears to many people. Juventus against clubs like AC Milan or Inter Milan really pulled a crowd. But now, Ronaldo, one of the most decorated footballers of all time, added more value to the league. Romelu Lukaku’s move from Manchester United to Inter Milan was also one of the stories of the Serie A, and his impact allowed the team to break Juventus’s nine-year reign at the summit of the table.
Other clubs cannot go unnoticed regardless of the dominance of Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan in recent years. AS Roma have been fierce contenders, chasing down the big boys in the league, with players like Florenzi, Edin Dzeko, De Rossi, Totti, and others. Asides from AS Roma, Lazio has simply revamped their Club after years of being in the shadows. Ciro Immobile had added so much value to the team, becoming the highest goal scorer on different occasions. Atalanta is the surprise packages which not many gave a chance. They were great in the UEFA Champions League and also in the league with players like Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel leading the lines.
So far, only Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus have won the UEFA champions league, with 12 wins combined. Italian clubs have also won the Europa League nine times, with the best players in the world playing in different teams.
It is no secret that the Italian Serie A is loved by fans far and wide. In 2018, the number of viewers that turned to Serie A was up to 260 million worldwide. With millions of fans screaming from different parts of the world, cheering on their favorite teams and players.
The Series in the last season generated up to $2.5 billion in revenue. Broadcasting rights, sale of merchandise, sponsorships, and matchday revenue are all attributed to the total revenue. Although some of the finances were halted due to the pandemic and with fans being allowed back into stadiums, normalcy will return to the league soon enough.
3. German Bundesliga
The German Bundesliga is the premier football league in Germany and is contested by 18 teams. Ur has the last two teams with the lowest points relegated and the top two teams from the second-tier German league promoted to the Bundesliga.
When people think about the Bundesliga, they immediately talk about the eight-year dominance of Bayern Munich. Since the start of Bundesliga, Bayern has won the league 31 times with the closest rival, Borussia Dortmund, winning only five times. Aside from the collective wins of Bayern in the Bundesliga, the last eight years have been dominated by the Club with players like Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, Philip Lahm, Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and a host of other star players. Other teams have been rising to the occasion, making it difficult for Bayern to make a clean sweep. Bayern’s dominance goes beyond Germany as in 2020; they swept through all the competition that they played in, winning all the major titles for that year. However, with the arrival of Erling Haaland, the race for the upcoming Bundesliga title will be tight.
The dominance of Bayern has made many people register the German Bundesliga as one of the top leagues in the world. The 2020 show really put the icing on the cake of that debate. Furthermore, the move of various top players to the league has created a more exciting feel to the season every year.
Style of Play
One of the most exciting features of the German game is the style the teams play. The German style of play is more organized, structured, and hardworking. The play will start from the back to the midfield and then to the attack. The teams are patient in breaking down opponents and can keep the ball for long periods.
However, some clubs with the experience of their coaches have been able to bring a new style of play to the league, with Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp adding new varieties to the possession game and utilizing full-backs. Philip Lahm was instrumental in the eight-year dominance of Bayern, with a lot of the plays coming from the wing. Jürgen Klopp’s Dortmund side boasted of players like Mario Götze, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Rues and other players, who were thorns in the flesh of Bayern. The team ended up winning a league title before Klopp went on to Liverpool.
Bayern, Dortmund, and Hamburg have all won UEFA competitions in the past. These three teams have won a combined eight UEFA Champions League, Six Europa Leagues, and two FIFA Club World Cups.
The Bundesliga is popular all over the world, with many decorated players gracing different parts of Germany and thrilling audiences far and wide. There are up to 1.17 million viewers that tune to the live matches every week.
The Bundesliga generates up to 4.9 billion dollars in revenue. A fair percentage comes from media, advertisement, merchandise sales, matchday ticket sales, and other factors.
2. Spanish La Liga
The Spanish La Liga started in 1929 and has continued to be one of the most relevant leagues in the world. It comprises 20 teams who play home and away matches, and by the end of the season, the bottom three teams are relegated. The top three teams from the second division of the Spanish league move up to the La Liga.
Spanish trams are the most successful for international and European championships with the history set by Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent times. Real Madrid boasts of 13 UEFA champions league wins, winning back-to-back titles in 2016,2017, and 2018. Another historic feat achieved by the Spanish teams is they have never failed to qualify for the Knockout phase of the Champions League.
These three years of dominance by the most successful Club in the World, Real Madrid, cannot be complete without mentioning Zinedine Zidane. The former Madrid player was instrumental in securing those Champions League titles. There are other members of that team that are worthy of note., one of which is Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 451 times for the Club. Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, and other players are some architects of Madrid’s amazing years.
Pep Guardiola took the team to incredible heights for Barcelona with Xavi, Yaya Touré, Andre Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Samuel Eto’o, Lionel Messi, and other players. Although Lionel Messi has left for PSG, his legacy cannot be forgotten as he has won the Ballon D’or six times while at the Catalan club.
Other clubs have enhanced the credibility of the Spanish La Liga and made it uncomfortable for these giants at the top. The closest rival to Real Madrid and Barcelona is Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone has done such a remarkable job with the players since he came in 2011. He led the team to last season’s La Liga trophy, with the acquisition of Luis Suarez, proving a formidable addition to the squad. But far from et platters, someone has been able to add a style of play that has seen many opponents find it hard to break down Atletico Madrid. The team is compact in defense, and they soak up all the pressure then strike when it is appropriate.
Another team that is giving the top teams a run for their money is Sevilla. The Club has won the Europa league more than anyone in the competition’s history and continues to prove a solid adversary in the Spanish top flight.
Other clubs like Villarreal won the Europa League for the first time in their history this past season. Athletic Bilbao and Valencia are part of the top teams in the division.
Style of Play
The Spanish game is more possession, but there is a lot of controlled passing in the Spanish La Liga that leads to attempts on goal. It is not merely keeping the ball but also finding little pockets of space to thread it through. Smaller teams are known to sit back and soak up the pressure to earn a draw or a shock win against top teams. Interestingly, the Spanish La Liga in a recent season has been more competitive, with top teams finding it difficult to pick up away and even home wins.
The Spanish La Liga is seen in more than 80 countries all over the world. The 2019/2020 season had an estimated 2.7 billion viewers tuned to the exciting matches of the league.
The 2019/2020 season generated up to $5.9 billion, with Barcelona topping the TV rights, followed by Real Madrid.
1. English Premier League
According to any pundit or standard you want to look at, this is undoubtedly the best league in the world. The English Premier league is so fiercely contested that there are no promised or obvious winners at the end of the season. Interestingly, pundits named the Big four, which was Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal. But as things began to start heating up in the top English division, the Big Four changed to the Big six, with Tottenham and Manchester City the additions to the top teams. Adding Leicester will make it the “Big 7.”
The English Premier League is contested by 20 teams in England and Wales, with the last three teams being relegated to the Championship. The English Premier League also has some of the most enthusiastic fans in World Football. Although The Italian fans are also passionate as well as the other leagues we have mentioned here, the English fans are relentless. Fan favorites have songs dedicated to them when the matches are being played. The stadiums carry an atmosphere unlike no other. It cites thousands of Liverpool fans chanting, “You’ll never walk alone,” or the Spurs fan screaming, “When the saints go marching.” It could also be the bubbles in the London Stadium of West Ham that welcomes everyone for a fascinating game of football.
The oldest club competition, the FA Cup, is played among all the divisions in England. A final decides the winner at the end of the day. There are so many old rivalries in et English Premier League, with Spurs and Arsenal going against each other every season of the EPL. The Merseyside derby is a match that people always look forward to. The Manchester Derby is always a great delight and so also is the west London derby with Chelsea against West Ham. The excitement of the league is an unbridled passion with many clubs with some of the best academies in the world producing top talents like Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, and a host of other players.
Lately, there has been a list of big-money movies, especially for the new 2021/2022 season, with teams paying huge sims to bring in recruits. Chelsea just acquired the services of Romelu Lukaku for 115 million pounds. Jack Grealish was signed for 100 million Pounds, and Jadon Sancho signed for Manchester United for 73 million pounds. The English Premier League boasts of some of the top talents in World football. It is also one of the most mixed leagues globally with players from all over the world. Harry Kane finished this past season with 23 goals, one better than Mohamed Sallah of Liverpool.
The most decorated team in terms of European titles is Liverpool, with 14 honors. Not many fans were around during the time of Kenny Daglish and Paul Barnes. But we all can revisit the triumph of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Divock Origi, and others. Jurgen Klopp has taken Liverpool to be the title contenders that everyone knew them to be in the 80s. After the departure of Steven Gerrard, the team lost its way a bit. But, with the additions to the team, they are looking like a great side.
Manchester United, under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, were unstoppable; they won 13 premier league titles under the gaffer and 49 trophies altogether. It is the most successful managerial career in the history of the Premier League. Manchester United is one of the most decorated clubs in Europe and in the English Premier League. Now, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Edison Cavani trying to rewrite the history that Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez had at the Club.
Manchester City fans will never forget Peter Drury screaming “Aguero ” against Queen Park Rangers in 2012. For the goal scorer, it was the most surreal feeling of his entire career. The match goes to show how tight the EPL race always is. On that day, both Manchester Clubs were tied at the same point; Manchester United had finished their game while City was in extra time. City was being held at home by QPR until the famous strike by Kun Aguero, who later became the all-time highest goal scorer for Manchester City.
Chelsea under Jose Mourinho was a force to reckon with and hold the record for the most points in a 2004/2005 season. Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Didier Drogba were cult heroes going on to win other major titles. Chelsea’s just won the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup to add to their impressive season this past year. Under the management of Roman Abramovic, have been able to contest for the title every season.
Arsenal went on to have an unbeaten run after Chelsea recorded the most points in a season. Arsene Wenger created a mentality in the players that many have struggled to find after leaving the Club. Arsenal has not been so lucky in the European scene.
The English Premier League is watched across 212 countries, with fans as passionate as the lines in England. The matches reach 4.7 billion people and are undoubtedly the most-watched football league in the world. One fascinating feature about the English Premier league is how it brings the people closer to the league, with different initiatives such as the FPL, schools, and other incentives to raise awareness and share love in the various communities.
The English generate up to 4.4 billion dollars, with a lot of that money from TV rights, sponsorships, matchday tickets.
These top leagues are filled with excitement, passion, and the unbridled joy that football brings. Each league is beautiful in its own right, and the other leagues that are not mentioned here still have an immense impact on football. However, this list has been statistically reviewed and put together by today’s top football associations and websites. Each of the leagues has millions of fans across the world, and every one of them enjoys the thrill of weekly football.