Soccer fans all over the world have long been split about which league is the greatest. After Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Champions League final, the debate was revived.
Is Messi and Ronaldo's La Liga the finest, or do the many big teams in the English Premier League make it better? The following are three reasons why either league is the best and most entertaining to watch.
La Liga is the world’s most famous league because it hosts the biggest and most exciting rivalry in history: Real Madrid vs Barcelona, el clásico. These teams, which dominated the past two decades of European soccer, have two of the best players to ever grace the game in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, respectively.
Conquerors of Europe
Beyond Real Madrid and Barcelona, and unlike their English counterparts, La Liga teams win trophies in Europe. Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have cemented themselves as major forces in recent years. Since 2000, Spanish teams have collectively won 28 European trophies, compared to the English Premier League’s seven. They have long been dominant in Europe, winning more than anyone else. English teams are notorious for their poor performances abroad.
Supreme technical ability
La Liga’s level of technicality, namely, the high quality of dribbling, passing and possession-based soccer that its 20 teams demonstrate put it on a higher level than all other leagues, especially the English Premier League. While the latter’s gritty and physical nature may excite some, true soccer connoisseurs will appreciate La Liga’s artistry.
Teams like Barcelona move the ball around beautifully, working as a unit while relying on the great skills of its individuals. Attacks are built up slowly, tactically and solidly. Rather than just hoofing the ball up the field and running till their lungs burst, La Liga players pass it around, finding spaces and exploiting holes between opposing players.
Fast, thrilling, spectacular
The English Premier League is the world’s best league because it offers the most exciting soccer. Even with smaller teams, it is rare that you will see a boring game. This is because attacking and quick-pressing soccer is valued. Players are encouraged to get the ball forward quickly, to catch their opposition off guard. It’s a sight that fans all over the world enjoy. In comparison, La Liga’s teams are happy to pass the ball around in their own half, prioritizing possession over attacking the opposition’s goal.
Competitive like nowhere else
Few other leagues, including La Liga, offer the level of competition that the English Premier League does. In the UK, each of the 20 teams can beat one another. This was showcased when, out of nowhere, Leicester City won the league in 2016.
All the big names
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham. No other league has as many big clubs as the English Premier League does. They are among the world’s very elite and awash with some of the most exciting talents, such as Paul Pogba, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard. This ensemble of grand teams allows for huge clashes every other week: United-City, Arsenal-Tottenham, United-Liverpool. These are not only mouth-watering games but also historic and heated rivalries. They make the English Premier League unforgettable.
The Bottom Line:
Ultimately, the only certainty is that La Liga and the English Premier League are very different. Whether you like seeing the world’s best, Messi and Ronaldo, handle everything that is thrown at them in La Liga or witnessing six top clubs battle it out with one another all season, both leagues are special. Which one do you prefer to watch?