There’s a common misconception that the Premier League is the best domestic competition in the world simply because it’s by far the most watched. This isn’t the case in the eyes of many football supporters, regardless of the country or even continent in which they reside.
Whatever reason one attends or watches a match, every fan of the beautiful game appreciates it for a different reasons. One of the most appealing characteristics of football is the varying tempo at which the game is played around the world.
The Premier League is widely hailed as the fastest competition with the likes of Theo Walcott, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez burning players at will and most clubs employing a counter-attacking style. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Spanish La Liga spectators are mesmerized by watching Andrés Iniesta, James Rodriguez and Arda Turan stroke the ball around and pick out passes no ordinary person can see.
Of course, fans and crowd atmosphere are also important characteristics of the essence of football. The electric aura of sitting inside Old Trafford, home to one of the most iconic and successful clubs of all-time, is an entirely different experience to watching the Boca Juniors ultras let off flares at La Bombonera.
However, regardless of what goes on in the terraces or the result of a single match, many supporters treasure the notion of competitiveness throughout the league table, from top to bottom. With no hardline salary caps imposed on the biggest competitions in Europe, financial muscle is often a significant determinant of the final standings come the end of the season.
The Premier League is widely considered the leading player for all of these factors, but here the top 10 reasons the English top-flight isn’t the best league in the world.
10 Gulf Between Lower Leagues
9 English Player Price Inflation
8 Sub-par Crowd Atmospheres
7 Foreign Player Overload
6 Ludicrous Transfer Decisions
5 Poor Youth Player Development
4 No Ballon d’Or Winner In Seven Years
3 Players Spend Their Peak Years Elsewhere
2 Declining Champions League Performance
1 The Elite Play Elsewhere
There’s no denying the Premier League boasts its fair share of world-class talent. However, even with names like Eden Hazard, Sergio Agüero and Alexis Sanchez strutting their stuff in the English top-flight, other European leagues lead the way when it comes to attracting the cream of the crop. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two biggest names that spring to mind, while Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar make up just a few more of the long list of players who ply their trade outside the Premier League. Considering the status these megastars hold within their respective clubs, why would any of them want to risk it all by crossing the English Channel at this stage of their career?
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