January 16th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Which football league is the world's best?

Chelsea won the 2010 English Premier League, but is it the best league in the world?
Chelsea won the 2010 English Premier League, but is it the best league in the world?
As you may have seen on CNN recently, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, joined the debate on which is the best league in the world when he told my colleague, Pedro Pinto, that Spain must hold that unofficial title because it provided the most players for the FIFA team of the year and because Spain won the World Cup with home-based players.

He further indicated that while the English Premier League is the best marketed league in the world, it does not, in his opinion, have the best players or play the best football.

Millions of football fans will be happy to agree with Blatter’s assessment, and millions more will disagree. However, the fact is that, at present, we have no quantifiable way of knowing which league is the best.

It’s all conjecture based on subjectivity or, in the case of choosing the FIFA XI, pseudo statistics since the make-up of the team was arrived at by way of a vote not any kind empirical data.

The “best league in the world” debate is one I’ve been hearing for more years than I care to recall. Is it Spain’s La Liga because Barcelona and Real Madrid are such good sides?

Is it Italy’s Serie-A because of the tactical nature of its football?

Is it England’s Premier League because there are literally no easy matches and because its clubs can afford to buy the best?

Is it in Argentina or Brazil as they produce and export so many quality players overseas?

The answer is always inconclusive because personal bias plays such a big part. But what if that was not the case? What if there was a way to prove which league is the best?

Well, I believe there is. How about FIFA scrapping the World Club Cup, which is a sham of a tournament in my view, and instead introducing a World League Cup to be played every four years in between FIFA World Cups.

Based on the same global combination of the FIFA World rankings and UEFA coefficient, which currently rank national teams and clubs, each league would be given a world ranking.

The top eight leagues on the list at a pre-determined cut-off point would become eligible to play in the World League Cup Finals.

Each league would then pick a representative squad selected from all the clubs within its association, with the stipulation that any player selected, regardless of his nationality, must have joined the league in the previous transfer window or earlier, and must have played at least 15 games in the league he is representing.

It might also be stipulated that no single club can provide more than five squad members, but that’s up for discussion.

The tournament itself would consist of two groups of four, with the composition of each group decided by seeding. After round-robin group play, the top-two finishers in each group would then enter the semis, with the winners of course going head-to-head in the final to decide the league champion of the world.

I see this as a huge attraction as it would mean the best players in the game competing together and against each other unencumbered by their nationality, which is more in keeping with the cosmopolitan nature of the game we watch each week.

It would also be a huge money-spinner for the competing leagues, with the revenue split equally between the clubs of the competing nations. And, of course, every four years it would put an end to the spurious claims of league supremacy by producing some tangible evidence.

What do you think?

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  1. Shan Nandakumar

    i personally think that the English premeir league is the best football league in the world as it is the most money making and interesting league. The atmosphere of the cheering crowds and massive stadiums provide the best football match in the world.

    January 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  2. Janne24

    I think the Premier League is the best league, because it's the most interesting for viewers, that are outside the five big leagues. Sepp Blatter clearly has something against England, unfortunately.
    If you ask in Finland what league is the best, you will always get the Premier League as an answer. Ofcourse the UEFA Champions League is in a class of its own.

    I find your suggestion of a World League Cup interesting! In the mean time I think the number of cups and matches should be taken down. We simply have too much football on the scheme. The English league Cup for example is totally unnecessary.
    FIFA's suggestion of helding a World Cup every year is also riddiculous and has nothing to do with love to football. The increase of teams in the Euro from 16 to 24 is a flop, which means the excitement will be gone.

    A World League Cup for teams would be great indeed, as long as it's compact and don't include matches that don't matter. We really need to redesign all leagues. Not only the World Club Cup.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  3. Abdul Mansuri

    I am CNN World Sport fan,I watch regularly,please give more coverage to Cricket,instead of giving too much coverage to one sport, try to justice with all.Specially when world cup starts.Please give good coverage to Cricket World cup 2011.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  4. nana quophi

    i totally disagree with Mr.Blatter, how can he say because the world eleven had most player from the la liga it makes it the best league,then he should say that the Argentine national team is the best since the best player plays there.The EPL will still remain the best league because you can get more than two clubs contesting for the title unlike the La Liga which is a two club league namely Barcelona and Real Madrid, which produce the most exciting games in the season in the el classicos, while the EPL can boost of over four teams which can produce such matches among themselves.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  5. Rob Lee

    If "best" means most entertaining, the English league wins hands down. And can there be any better objective measure than entertainment value of a league's matches?

    If you like the pretty soccer of Italy, be my guest. But it lacks the frantic, all-out nature of the English league.

    Another thing: all soccer has too much fakery, but I say the English has far less than the Spanish or Italian leagues, and that is the clinching reason why the EPL is best..

    January 17, 2011 at 12:25 am | Reply
  6. Mel

    La Liga has Real and Barcelona.... Jose and Pep... These teams win on average 5-0, none of the other teams compete. EPL teams 1-20 are all battling and competing, EPL is by far the best!

    The World Cup does have it's advantages, Football is center stage for the world, not technically good games, still exciting. The world league idea will only satisfy football fanatics like myself. The World league would just be another tournament to follow, like the champions league.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:46 am | Reply
  7. Philip Lee

    Italy Best for ever!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:22 am | Reply
  8. Levy Lincoln

    English premier League the best? Well I can honestly say that in any day I can sit down and watch almost any game in the premier league and enjoy it. It is a much master game and more direct. I believe that the only problem in the English premier league is that its lacking flair and super stars. I also think that premier league players do not get much credit. Wayne Rooney scored alot of goals last season and so did Drogba and non of them got credit for it. What did David Villa do to deserve being in front of either Rooney or Drogba? ok he won the world cup, but if that is the case then why did Messi win world player of the year instead of Iniesta or Xavi.

    La Liga lacks quality matches. It can be frustrating at times to watch Almeria, Getafe and other smaller clubs play but at the same time one can see alot of dribbling and individual play that is just out of this world. I do believe also that La Liga is a two horse league and that the other teams are way below Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    I also believe that the German Bundesliga is above the Italian league at the moment. It is an exciting league to watch and the most competitive of all. I also think that a few A list players are beginning to see the potential of the bundesliga and in a few year it might become the dominant league that it once was.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
  9. opoku

    Everybody has the right to make a decision and judge at the same time,therefore I will choose EPL as the best league the world can think of,base on the popularity of players as well as football clubs.
    English premier league the best!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:43 am | Reply
  10. Beneesh

    Of course Premier League is the best League in the world.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
  11. Harry

    Good idea Terry but its that luck of evidence that makes soccer an interesting game. and besides we already have too many interesting games to find time to watch. are we going to be be fixed on the screen all the time, without working? You, unlike most of us, get paid 4 every game u watch can u imagine!!! No bad feelings intended here thou.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  12. Phan Vu Xuan Hung

    It's good suggestion Terry. I think to say which league is the best we should define and compare some criteria of the league, then we can say it's the best in term of something. Mr. President's opinion about La Liga is not wrong, but the criterion behind is very vague.

    Here's my proposal:

    – Attractive to viewers worldwide: we can count on total spectaculars and television viewers

    – Competitive, qualified players, qualified style: we can use your proposal. I'd prefer to add one rule: 22 players should be from at least 6 teams (the number of teams playing in CL and Europa of Liga, EPL and Seria).

    Finally, I think the World League Cup Finals is a good alternative for current World Cup for Clubs held each year.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  13. alehandro

    A World League Cup is a nice idea, but might be tough to schedule with the European Championship and other continental championships usually placed in between World Cup years. Also, with World Cup qualifying taking two years it could get very congested. But, if a place on the calendar could be found, and maybe the number of teams in the finals cut from 8 to 6 to make for a shorter tournnament, then a World League Cup could work.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  14. marcos from Brazil

    Its a dream I know but I would love to see any of these europeans big teams go to Brazil and try to win the championship... In all honesty I don't think they could achieve this.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:21 am | Reply
  15. kwasi

    I think the Spanish league is the best in the world as they can boast of quality players and fluent football. I live in England but thnk the league is just over hyped as well as the players. There exists only one quality player being Carlos Tevez.. The likes of

    January 18, 2011 at 9:01 am | Reply
  16. malaga ls

    Some thing are too straight forward to debate on. Nonetheless, because you called for it, be informed – as if you did not know – that the EPL is the best in the world regardless of the criterion or criteria used. Extremely competitive, not decided at the onset of the league season, team play and ... the list is endless.

    Blatter just wants to underscore why the WC 2018 was not awarded to England – nothing more.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
  17. Brian

    I agree with marcos from brazil.
    The brazilian and argentinian leagues are just as competitive as the EPL, if not more. If you look at the league histories in just the past ten years you'll see that there is no set winner or even top five. There's so much fluidity in the style and form of play, and there's not doubt that between Brazil and Argentina they have the best players in the world.

    ALSO, another thing that S. American leagues have over the EPL or other european leagues is that they have the same fierce competition and excellent quality of play BUT they arent plagued by the selfish ambitions of the greedy money-hungry club owners. This sport in Europe has long since ceased to be simply a sport, and has become a giant business. Obviously that's expected, since it's so popular, but there's a difference between being a super-popular sport that brings in a lot of money and being a giant business based on hype and self-indulgence. In that aspect as well the argentinian and brazilian leagues are far above the european leagues.

    Just as an example, Sao Paulo beat Liverpool in the World Club Cup a few years back without any single 'world star' player. After the spectacular UEFA final performance by Liverpool, all europeans and football 'experts' essentially assumed that Liverpool would be able to cruise to victory – but they didnt. The same happened a few years after with Internacional (of Porto Alegre, Brazil) beating the oh-so-mighty titans of Barcelona, which were also assumed to be unbeatable. And I dont even need to mention all the Boca Juniors titles, do I?
    These instances show exactly why the South American leagues are, in fact, the best in the world. It's only in South America that football remains a pure, untainted passion that produces the best players in the world.
    But it's just because of that lack of publicization that allows the south american leagues to go largely unnoticed, and of course people would think the EPL or La Liga are the best.
    I would love to see the leading EPL teams play ONE season in the Brazilian league or the Copa LIbertadores. They might not get massacred but they would have to eat A LOT of humble pie, and fight to not get relegated.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  18. Zargidigbogidi

    I think playing world league cup will never be possible becuase when u look into africa we don't have the best of facilities moreover when u look into ghanaian league u wouldn't want to watch football againt it is just disgusting spectators beating up refrees after match and refree being partial on one side bribery what a league we have in ghana.ma brother it never work out on ghana,but EPL IS THE BEST IN THE World

    January 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  19. marcos from Brazil

    I just wanted to add one more little thing... Soccer in Brazil is about love and passion... Of course about money as well but we care a lot more about love and passion, so that being said I think the Brazilian championship is the best in the world. :)

    January 20, 2011 at 6:09 am | Reply
  20. Ssetumba

    Bundesliga is the best because of its very high technical level. Anybody can beat the other and the coaches really know their stuff which translates to Germany being the most successful football nation on planet earth, both men and women. They also have the highest stadium attendancies and best stadia for the past five years. EPL has been financially doping and thats why many of their leading clubs are about to go bust!!

    January 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  21. PAUL

    English premier league is boring because some of the players are overpaid and overrated like Rooney and John Terry

    January 21, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
  22. eldorado

    I don't understand ! When did money become football.
    The 3 past world best footballers (Kaka, Ronaldo,Messi) on the planet play in spain.
    In the past decade spanish teams won the champions league 4 times as opposed to twice by english teams.
    The premiership always loses its best talent to spain and not the other way round.
    The spanish national team with a 100% home based players are making all the waves internationally.

    I really dont get it.

    January 23, 2011 at 4:49 am | Reply
  23. Kareem omotayo malik

    I think to decide the most interesting league, we have to look at how competitive the league is. The is not competition in the epl we all know the winner is within the first four. The spanish la liga is even worse just two teams even to be precised one. The german bundesliga can be won by any club in the league. It has the highest number of goals. It is the fastest growing league. I am a young footballer and my dream is to play in the bundesliga. I don't think the president's decision is good. His decisions are always not too good

    January 23, 2011 at 6:47 am | Reply
  24. zimbok

    At this forum the audience from England is well beyond that from Spain, no wonder most applaud the EPL. The quality of soccer at La Liga is ages ahead of the EPL; no scrambles, wild shots and haphazard goals there. Anyway, kudos EPL for those freakish end-game scenarios.

    January 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Reply
  25. Guru

    spanish league good players overall, best team, like england top 2/ 4 teams always the same and even Italy
    England alot of history and hype
    Spain alot of history hype for limited teams and players
    Germany technical football
    France very open league, days of lyon are over
    so generally watchin a premier league match is entertaining but watching a la liga match is Intriguing, way more skill and allure

    January 24, 2011 at 5:35 am | Reply
  26. Jujy

    This is WHY we have the Champions League – the best of each league fight it out. Who have been the most consistent? Who won the most? There was such an attempt to have a Super League in which only the best and strongest teams play each other – shame it didnt and would show how much better a team is.

    It is amazing how biased people are – think real football and why Spain won and England was a total flop as always in the world cup. That says it all. Done story.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:30 am | Reply
  27. Bashir abeeb

    That's the way it should be....we want the world's league cup

    January 28, 2011 at 6:36 am | Reply
  28. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Squad builders like Sir Alex Fergusson, Monsieur Arsene Wenger and Senhor Jose Mourinho gave a distinct face to the EPL. Retaining that and going to the next level has been a big challenge in the last two seasons.

    January 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  29. odinga boame bismark

    the EPL is the best league the world as at now... becuase in the EPL u can see or found four teams fighting for the same title unlike the spain league where we only have barca and madrid.....

    February 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  30. PPMC

    if you think that the EPL is the best, tell me why all his best players goes to LA LIGA??????, every player likes plays in the best tournament, and it´s LA LIGA

    LA LIGA THE BEST

    February 13, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
  31. Meg Houses

    I agree with Levy Lincoln that La Liga is a two horse league but these two teams are the best two teams in the world and Real Madrid was the best club in the XX century

    February 27, 2011 at 8:27 am | Reply
  32. joshua

    It's not all about money, hoopla and the physical football that is being watched in the premier league, but let's talk about the beautiful game, technical football, quality players and coaches, entertainment and fair games. Spanish la liga is by far the best league in the whole world.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  33. Óscar

    I imagine that those who vote for the Premier do not see La Liga .
    If they saw La Liga would not talk nothing about the Premiere .Spanish football is far superior to others .

    March 21, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
  34. TUNDE

    As far as am concern, no other league can be like the EPL. To the last day of the season, wonders will keep on happening compare to other league whereby the winner would have been known 10 matches to the end of the season. we wii never work aloneeeeeeeeeee

    June 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  35. ade

    I believe the laliga is the best football leage with the best entertaining game & the best club from their,the best team,the best players, even the world best players are produce more than any, including from last three season till last season were by three world best player are from laliga with there home based player more than any in there club & it is working in there national team were by the spanish taking the world cup & the junior team are ecxelling.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  36. A

    That you, for tv reasons, only know Barça and Madrid doesnt mean that there aren't other good teams in La liga. Villareal arrived to semis of Europa League this year and Atletico won it last one. Sevilla, Bilbao, even Espanyol, Valencia, Atletico, Villareal and now Malaga would for sure be in the the top 10 in the current EPL. The reason that Barça and Madrid are ahead of the rest is because these 2 clubs are the best clubs in the world and by a distance. Make a World Leage and it would become a 2 teams league: Barça and Madrid.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  37. eddy

    Epl is the best league cuz there's more entertainment ,epl have 6 good team , chelski, arsenal, manu,man city , Liverpool, spurs, la liga is slow and only ever 2 teams there real Madrid , barca , players only go there cuz of the weather

    August 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  38. Sanzzi

    La Liga is a joke of a league. 2 great teams, ok. BUT THE REST?
    Ok, Villareal is good, but the other teams are PATHETIC, and would be championship-league 1 level in England.
    Bundesliga is a very exciting league, a great atmosphere, may young talents. It's not the best, but it's growing, and it's not a Bayern thing any more.
    Serie A is boring, there are some good players, but the small teams are rubbish, so they resort to playing at barricades in front of the box.
    EPL is by far the best, several teams competing for the title every year, and the medium clubs are much better than in other countries. Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham are much better than Genoa, Mainz, Espanyol, Fiorentina, Hannover and Bilbao.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  39. Arian

    I think bundesliga is the best because out of the top 4 leagues in europe it has the most competition and excitement. I think the playstyle is very similar with EPL, but the difference is in the Bundesliga you never know whos gonna come out in the top 5. Last season BVB came out of nowhere and kept the number 1 place the whole season and became champions. Nobody saw it coming and this year so far Monchengladbach is showing the same sort of fight that BVB showed last year and Monchengladbach was almost relegated last year. EPL is really too predictable its almost like La Liga with Real Madrid and Barcelona, but instead of 2 top teams theres around 3-4...5 if you count Liverpool. Actually it would be 1 less this season because Arsenal looks like it's going to be terrible. I honestly think more people should give the Bundesliga a chance. People just don't watch it as much because they don't expect anything from it. Bundesliga games have the most attendance out of all the leagues in europe which shows they are actually worth watching.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  40. Dave

    Bundsliga rocks!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:55 am | Reply
  41. zdanek

    Italy?- ridiculous!!! unable fans, players and referees!

    spain?- everything is overprices incl. tickets

    england?- boring.. after the big four(and the Citizens) coming nothing

    September 15, 2011 at 9:03 am | Reply
  42. Anthony Rufus

    Laliga is the best league in the world because it provides the finest football. Football is a beautiful GAME and you can catch all that excitement in the Laliga BBVA.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  43. SYLVESTER LORD

    I wish those who do not agree with the President could go deep into the history of football and see which league has produced the best players in the world. It is obvious, that the SPANISH LEAGUE is the best in the world

    September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
  44. nicholas

    best in boxing or soccer,jast competitive or my Gosh what about competing with your fellows who are weak too with stokes delap finding a goal by hand or wigans..................u can simply verify yourself in the representation of English clubs and ueropa league and uefa.we hwever recorgonize and appreciate the success of epl in three consecutive seasons that they did as messi during awards few years back bt now it has turned to its normal.laliga two teams league at least this,epl absolutely a one team league ManUtd which can not be seen in the shadow of the two best in la liga,work up guys do allow yourself being colonized by media.don allow your mind to be lyk ur grandfather/mother.epl most marketed not ........................bundes most comptv,seria A most tactically played,la liga for soccer people the better u play u win contrary to hw furgerson drives epl.simply epl is the fergusons league.sory guys for being too differen, and if u want to seeall teams to compete equally then u can jast woch angola or vietnam football league!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
  45. mehran

    la liga as spain holds the record for winning maximum european championship................uefa cl....14 times..................english teams fail to defeat spanish sides in their direct encounter.............barca defeated manu to win cl of 2010-11...la liga has the world's two richest clubs........

    October 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  46. ian

    EPL is tough overall and physical but la liga are better technically ,ok the top two in spain are way above the rest but look what they did to arsenal and man u over the past few years ,RM and Barca would be top 2 in the premiership and then man u ,teams like wolves,wigan are no better than getafe etc ,so really the mid to bottom table is open to debate ,but two of the best players ever to play in the EPL for example henry didnt exactly set laliga alight,and ronaldo has so its all open to debate,real footballers fair better in spain overall and the physical limited but fit players do better in england but.david silva far and away the best player in the EPL this season didnt play for madrid or barca then diego forlan failed at man u and yet has been brilliant in spain.not seen s.american leagues but individually they are the best ,but its a team game.i support no team but advocate great football ,messi ,ronaldo ,xavi,iniesta ,villa ,would walk into man u arsenal but would rooney get into barca or real ,not as easily,generally your teams league will be the best as that is the league you have an interest in

    October 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  47. Wellington

    Well, Brazilian national league is the best one in the world. It is because Brazilian national league is the most competitive ( with 16 different winners as Brazilian league started in 1971). In addiction, Brazilian clubs are the winnest ones in both FIFA World club cup and intercontinental cup ( overral 13 wins). Besides, this national league's produced the best players ever and Brazil is worldwide known as THE COUNTRY OF SOCCER.

    Brazilian clubs are, within the field, the strongest ones of the world.
    The best clubs here:
    – Vasco da Gama
    – Botafogo
    – Fluminense
    – Flamengo
    – Santos
    – São Paulo
    – Corinthians
    – Palmeiras
    – Grêmio
    – Internacional
    – Cruzeiro
    – Atlético Mineiro

    So, these facts are already enough to put Brazilian national league right to the first place as the best national league.

    October 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  48. Messi

    Saying that EPL is the best because all teams compete is a lie because in EPL it's only the big 4 that win the league title unlike German where you can't determine the winner. Borussia Dortmund won the league last season but look at it's position this time, same applies to wolsburg. Bundesliga would seem best if we regard the best-match factor and all-teams compete factor. But again La liga, just like Sepp said is the best. Well, the competition might be of low status and based on two teams but the reasons why it is the best it's because of the football they play and the players they produce. Almost every big player has played in La liga, and if a big player moves to EPL then i assure you he's days in football are numbered and he's skills are to be looked with both eyes. Second in the champions league recently EPL teams have failed to show their skills once they overcome la liga teams....ever seen ferguson tremble in a match, then go watch this year's champions league final where we had the winner of EPL and La Liga play.

    November 1, 2011 at 6:46 am | Reply
  49. faisal saddeeq faisal

    I think I will really agree with sepp blater becouse spain is the best league in the world why becouse they won the champions league and world cup with home base players, almost 80% in both teams for both competitions.and likelly for the fifa first eleven we have about 60% players spain league

    November 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  50. Schweitzer

    Hi everyone. I am doing a research project for a class on subcultures and I was trying to get a European view of the football culture and how it differs from American soccer. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks

    November 16, 2011 at 1:22 am | Reply
  51. Wellington

    I really get a kick out of watching EPL. It doesn't worth watching this weak and pathetic competition, though. Brazilian national league is way better and more competitive than EPL. If any Brazilian club played English Premier League they would blow out any English club 4-0 or something like that and they would be on the leading positions and could be champion every year. Unlike, if the English best clubs played in Brazilian league, they would have to eat a lot of humble pie and fight flat out to not to be relegated to the serie B.

    Brazilian clubs are way stronger than English best clubs. They won more WORLD CUP CLUBS – They won 9 WORLD CUP CLUBS to English clubs' 1 (Manchester United, 1999). Besides, Brazilian clubs won more international trophies then English clubs and our clubs take advantage on yours in almost all matches (friendly, final, semi-final or any other match).

    I can say the same about Spanish league ( La liga). La liga is very weak, poor and pathetic. We can't even assess Barcelona and Real Madrid's performances because they used to kick clubs' ass (if you put all the rest of Spanish clubs together you don't get even a good one as a result of mixing them all). Barcelona and Real Madrid are "giant ones" only as they are compared with European clubs. They became eternal losers when they played against South American clubs, especially against Brazilian ones.

    If Santos meets Barcelona in the FIFA WORLD CUP CLUBS 2011, Santos will boot Barcelona out, Santos will kick Barcelona and Neymar will show why he currently is the best player of the world. Besides, Santos will unmask Barcelona as, for Eupeans, this team gives off the image as the best one of the world.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:28 am | Reply
  52. ekhator o. lucky

    i think, everything is based on is purpose why is found, i believe that football is based on quality play which i believe is displayed in the italian, spanish and budesliga leagues, which is missingn in the english league, i will say that quality play in any league will reflect in their national team,which i see in the spanish league that makes it the best league in the world.

    November 21, 2011 at 8:35 am | Reply
  53. ashraful azam

    i think serie a is the world,s best league.as its tactical football.they have many big clubs like milan,inter,juventus,roma,napoli.as day progressing more clubs are found stronger.everything is getting difficult in serie a because once big team dominated but now small teams are shown their capability. so now serie a is a attractable football league .now they started to play fast football and no more negative football.in la liga there are two big teams real and barca,but others are far from them.we cant say la liga is the best.epl is a attractive league.but they have media who always saying that they are best in their own.everything they do is over.they played negative football against spain but somehow won the match.and their media started to say they will win euro-2012.its really funny.....

    November 25, 2011 at 4:06 am | Reply
  54. Jim Masterson

    Serie A has returned as the best league after the scandal that sent Juventus in Serie B. 6th place Napoli beat Manchester City (and probably eliminated them) in the Champions League, who are undefeated and leading the English Premier Division. AC Milan drew with Barcelona in Barcelona and then Barcelona needed a questionable penalty and an own goal to beat AC Milan 2-3. Inter took first place in its group in the Champions League and is way down in the Serie A, I think number 16. Every team in Serie A is a tough customer, that cannot be said about La Liga or the English leagues.

    December 2, 2011 at 12:30 am | Reply
  55. George

    Well, its obvious to me that the EPL is the best league in the world.
    I am a regular watcher of La Liga and Bundesliga, and it saddens me when I see the spirit and enjoyment level of playing/watching the beautiful game is taken away. But the EPL; the atmosphere is just so amazing with cheering fans, fantastic play.... a clear winner or top 2 is pretty rare...... So i dont know why this argument is there, EPL is the best by a long shot.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
  56. George

    @Wellington- Hahha you've got to be kidding me!! Brazilian clubs!! Just poor football compared to European clubs....... And santos beating Barca?! Didnt Barca just destroy them 4-0. Beats me how they didnt lose 7-0 8-0,....... The best Brazilian team will be comparable to a moderate EPL team, Aston Villa for instance, nothing more

    December 29, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
  57. Klaus

    I think the best league is Spain's La Liga, because it's Barça and R. Madrid, an another teams like Valencia. Moreover, it's the best players of the World: Ronaldo, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Marcelo, Puyol, etc. Spain is the first of the world ranking FIFA for 4 years (since 2008), and the last world cup! The best 11 of 2010 had 8 players of La Liga. The another 3 players were Maicon, Lucio and Sneijder (of the Italian league). Beacuase of things of that, I think that Spain has the best football of this moment!
    Happy New Year! ;)

    December 30, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
  58. nicholas

    SORRY EPL PEOPLE,MYSELF AM A GREAT LALIGA FAN.IF YOU WANT TO COMMENT TO WHAT IS TO BE THE BEST LEAGUE.YOU FIRST PUT ASIDE THE LALIGA AS YOU WANT AND CELEBRITY THE EPL TO BE THE BEST THEN AFTER SOMESECONDS TAKE YOUR TIME TO COMPARE EPL VS BUNDESLIGA AND THEN TELL US WHICH IS THE BEST BETWEEN YOURS AND BUNDES .

    January 5, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
  59. splidge1982

    Personally I think EPL wins hands down if your going by money and players. But you all have missed one league that has everything when it comes to what excitement really means in a league. And that has to be the N Power Championship, I know it doesn't have the big names like the EPL and La Liga, but the competition in it's entire makes it more hard to know who will be champions at the end, plus the play-off final prize for the winner is the biggest in football making it the richest game in football.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  60. Chris

    The Barclay's Premier League is OBVIOUSLY the best in the world....let's see some points here.

    Shot at winning the title: Real Madrid and Barcelona (2) or Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham (6).

    Although La Liga talents are better than English talents their promising players move to EPL: Juan Mata, David Silva, Jose A. Reyes, Fernando Torres, David de Gea....Face it would you rather play for Sevilla or Arsenal? Atletico or Man Utd? Valencia or Man City?

    EPL competition is unpredictable: Some recent scores Blackburn 3-2 Man Utd, Aston Villa 3-1 Chelsea, Sunderland 1-0 Man City, Swansea 0-0 Liverpool, Fulham 2-1 Arsenal....Barcelona always slams opposition and gets 90% possession so boring, Madrid can post a 7-0 scoreline every week.

    While La Liga can boast the 2 best teams on the planet they can't say they are the best simply by pointing to Ronaldo and Messi. Consider the actual competition and the EPL is by far more dominant than the garbage Spain serves up, not saying England is the most competitive league either (Bundesliga and Serie A has some very heavy competition.) but in the criteria of popularity, quality, competition, atmosphere, and history....EPL is number one, Spain may not even be 2.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  61. Bashiru agbabiaka

    If i should say spain they are good including there country side, but what i reason is that best league in the world does not suppose to be choose with world cup or any turnament the country goes or appear.the fifa should select in what is going on in the league,spain league la liga is interesting but they have only two top team and at the end of the season the two top team point can never be compare of the third, and talking of the english premier league side they always have top four and their top four is not stable.that the league we are saying they are good,let watch at the end of the season when a big team mess up he can meet it self in europe cup,if everybody sit and think they will no that english premier league is the best league in the world is not that am supporting them,their league is very though any team can beat their self,compare it to the league that the second will use more than 16 point to lead the third.i will not want fifa to use country side to select best league in the world And if we watch italy league is strong they are good and the german buldesliga are now playing good football their game is entertain. For me english premier league is the first while italy seria A is the second spanish la liga is the third while german buldesliga is the fourt while france french league is the fifth.

    January 18, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  62. Adebayo Ogungbesan

    LA Liga for having the best players according to FIFA ranking. Play the beautiful game as Brazilian national side, everyone's other favourite team plays. The league has not sold its soul like the English Premier owned by foreigners thats why English born players don't get games. How many players from La Liga have won World player of the year award? how many from premiership? I rest my case. How many clubs have won the premiership aside united even though people say you have a number contesting till the end?, it's always manchester united and another team.

    February 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  63. vik

    The Brasiliero is the most fun for me to watch. It's more exciting for me than EPL or La Liga, you just don't have the big names. I don't know if the teams are as good, but the way they play, it really is a beautiful game. Very competitive league, too, most of the teams can beat each other.

    February 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  64. McClain

    Haha, Real and Barça woul be 20 points over the rest at the Premier, look the difference at champios league..., look what bilbao did yesterday in Manchester... Defintly england has best muffings but football Leage,,, C´mon mates try tohave unless just a bit of comon sense

    March 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  65. Betmi Taple

    Perfect suggestion...that's the best way to settle this claim of supremacy among domestic leagues.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  66. Jaime

    Imagine two monster teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid in the premier league of course the rest of the other teams are going to suck playing with them i mean Barca beat Man United 4-0 and thats suppose to be the best team in England but that doesn't mean they suck. that's whats happening with teams in Spain they are good but there playing against the 2 best teams in the world. i bet any team in Spain would beat any team in the premier league. The EPL was the best for years ,but Spain has now taken the crown

    March 20, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  67. Jaime

    i mean Bilbao defeated Manchester and took them out of the champions league. EPL what a joke

    March 20, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
  68. Josh

    Absolutely the LPF is the best league in the world, no only for R. Madrid and Barcelona, but there also great teams such as . Ath Bilbao, At. Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla....
    These teams are very competitive and every year we can see that they always beat the rest of the European teams.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  69. elvivo

    EPL- Best Market League..in terms of quality in europe..they are still chasing spanish La Liga

    La Liga – Best League

    Serie A – Best Tactical League

    Bundesiga – Best Physical league

    April 6, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
  70. Name* alu

    Premier league is the best

    April 30, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
  71. Dani'

    I think to say any league is the best league is a bit daft.We could probably determine the worst league but not the best.La liga you would say have the two best teams in the world and on the whole I would agree but in fact neither are in the champions league final on saturday having been knocked out by an English team that have finished 6th and the runners up from the Bundesliga.Those who say that the EPLs star players end up in La liga have a point but not much of one as they always wind up at Camp Nou or the Bernabau usually because they are the only two teams anyone would leave the EPL for.I am a Tottenham Hotspurs fan of 32 years and we have finished 4th.Right up untill February we were actually up there with Man Utd and Man City.We don't have a top 4 the same as we always have.It always was Man Utd,Arsenal,Chelsea and Liverpool.Only now you have Spurs,Newcastle and Man City in the mix and the likes of those top clubs being beaten by bottom clubs,ie:Wigan and Blackburn and QPR being 2-1 up in injury time at the Man City ground on a game that will decide who wins the league.This is all so exciting to watch it is unbelievable.Competitively it cannot be beaten and I watch ALL football from any country myp2p is my life lol! But I believe all leagues have something different to offer and you cannot take this away from any off them.But any neutral spectator,who loves sport and likes to watch two teams compete which is basically what sport is all about thus bringing about the entertainment factor I would recommend them to watch any of the ten EPL matches each week if they wanted entertainment without predictability.That is just boring.I would say no league is the best.But the EPL on the whole is the most entertaining.Bundesliga I would have to say is pretty damn close.Who here would bet on Villa Real or Santander beating Real or Barca?You'd be better off spending your money on crack.You would definitely get more fun out of it.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  72. Victor

    Regarding your league ranking concerns. Actually there is an informal, but rather respected national league ranking. It is the IFFHS ranking, here it is a short link for the source: http://goo.gl/19jVU

    The current ranking, base on 2011 counting votes, is (1) Spain, (2) England, (3) Brasil, (4) Portugal, (5) France, (6) Deutschland,(7) Italia, (8) Argentina.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  73. timi

    basically this will sum it up
    LA LIga have better quality players than EPL
    EPL have better entertaining matches than LA LIGA and probably most top leagues in the world however the EPL also have top quality players like aguero and silva and gerrad etc. but really do you want to see a boring demolition like watching Barcelona and real Madrid play other clubs in their league or do u want to see an enthralling match where underdogs like everton beat the big guns of Manchester united ?

    The EPL is the best for entertainment as different clubs play different styles which suit the English game and have many teams battling e.g 11/12 season saw newcastle join the battle for champions league and 10/11 season six clubs could be relegated on the last day of the season
    also the last seven years english clubs have been in the champions league final liverpool 2005/2007 man u 2008/2009/2011 with arsenal 2006 and chelsea 2008/2012

    beacause of this the EPL can be agruably the best league in the world

    July 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  74. josephdebaser

    Hang on a minute everyone? EPL most entertaining? Only 5 teams have ever won it and most years it's won by a fairly wide margin, usually by Man U!

    If we're going on entertainment value alone, then it's not the spanish, english or italian leagues, but the French league. Name me another league in Europe which regularly has 5 or 6 teams within 6 points of the top all season long. On top of that last year it was Montpellier, a club with an annual budget of about 30million who won it in one of the biggest shocks in football history.

    And yet nobody watches the French league outside of France, why? For once I agree with Blatter, the EPL is the best marketed, and the Spanish has the best teams in it (albeit it's pretty rubbish to watch). So they mop up most people quite easily.

    Now, I like the Prem, don't get me wrong, but if your idea of a 'competitive' league is only 2/3 teams with a chance in hell of challenging for the title and the rest fighting for the "success" of 4th place, then I have to disagree with you!

    August 26, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
  75. adil qureshi

    the bpl becoz till the last day of the season u dont know that who ends up winning..it has more rythm...while the la liga is also goood but its confirm that either barcelona or madrid will win

    September 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  76. KOO DARKO ERNEST

    you cant compare EPL to LALIGA.The spanish league higher than EPL talk of the quality of players that play as a team we dont have in EPL. which player would you take to compare is yaya toure or own goal score RONEY OR LAMPARD? LOL

    November 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  77. tmony

    Well there are several ways of knowing the best league but all depends on FIFA. In my own opinion, there are rules and regulations governing the football all over the world and it includes penalties going against these rules so i will say the league with less yellow cards, red cards, spot kicks, most goals, in short good football statistics in a season should be the best league for that season.

    January 7, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
  78. Chris

    Viva El Sevilla!

    March 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  79. Tony

    It because the fifa president likes messi thats why he siad la liga is the best, but to the world EPL is the greatest league in history of football, peaple watch the PL more than la liga so i prove the fifa president wrong EPL is better.

    May 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  80. dennison

    have carefully read and watch you people delibrate overthe issue of which" league is the best".i would like to personally agree with what mr present said that spanish league is the best and no doubt about.but to my beautiful people out there,laliga has been the best league not just for the best in trophy but also for the style of playing and making us know that there is passion attach to it.i would love you guys to know that the so called two horse race you talk about are the best team in the world.laliga has only 2fix teams for UCL,which we all know of and the rest are unknow it all depends on how you perform for that season that you will get your ticket to UCL.a league that some has 41ponits{deportivo}and went to regation and a league that real had 93point they never won the league and in EPL,it was only chelsea that set up history of winning the EPL with 95point 2004/5season yet you said the league is not good?a league that the the so called medium team you will play the top flight in EPL and they will almost kill them as if they are playing a division side,a league that strikers can score an atleats goal of 23,a league that the strokers make use of any little opportunity and score compare to epl were strikers can not even boast of 25goals in a season?gosh!to me,laliga is the best while italian is the second and epl is the 3rd.agree or not!

    May 5, 2014 at 12:20 am | Reply
  81. dennison

    it was recently we now saw the table of contestion gradualy changing in england.i bet you if a team like arsenal was in SERIA A,they will never qualify or given the chance to play in the UCL with the manner at which the club were selling their best players out yet they will still gain their position and you dare tell me the rest 16teams are competing?you can not try that in italian league i bet you you will find yourself in 10th position like milan is currently holding now have,t sell out their best players.that is what i called a league.a league that never sleep when they see the opponent slide away is chances .only the epl,after selling plyers,they will still retain their positin as the so called BIG FOUR.am a fan of football,i watch virtually 4league in europe and i bet you that among the four best league i watch,i tip laliga has no1,german2,ienglish3 and italian4.that is the true of the matter no sentiment about it agree or disagree that,s the fact.

    May 5, 2014 at 12:28 am | Reply
  82. khairul islam sobuj

    The popularity of the major football clubs in the world, as players from around the base, so I can think, select EPL as the best in the league at the same time have the right to make a decision and judge.

    June 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply

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