Which domestic league in world football is the best? That question can lead to a debate that may never end based on national pride and the aesthetics of the game in each country.
Instead of having a debate on which league looks best while watching it, we decided to delve into some of the statistics that matter most to the game and create a ranking based off of that system.
Here is a look at the top 10 world football leagues ranked on statistics-
1. Spanish La Liga: Till now it is still debatable for the fans around the world that which is the best football league in the world. The top three positions to every single person are different but the statistics of UEFA says it’s on top with 48 points and most-watched league during the season.
This exciting domestic championship is contested by 20 teams on a promotion and relegation system. With that score, it covers the best clubs in the world Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
2. English Premier League: Based on the criteria laid out to determine the best statistical league in the world, the English Premier League has it all. The EPL ranked fifth overall in goals per game, second in discipline, second in continental victories and fourth in point differential.
Domestically, the English are helped by a league with an enormous amount of parity as the gap between first and last is only 31 points.
3. German Bundesliga: The Bundesliga is Germany’s professional football championship. It’s contested by 18 teams on a promotion and relegation system and holds the highest average stadium attendance among all domestic soccer leagues.
Best average attendance, competitive games and overall excitement levels has increased in last decades. Bundesliga has also sold extensive tv rights deals worldwide giving more exposure to german clubs around the world.
4. Italian Serie A: A decade ago, Italian Serie A was by far the most exciting league in the world with so many top teams full of star players dominating european football. But than came that 2006 match fixing scandal which rocked the league and it has yet to fully recovered since than.
Although Juventus has somehow recovered some of the value back by reaching 2015 final and poaching some great talented players but overall excitement, attendance, viewing figures and social media presence has gone downhill since 2006.
5. French Ligue 1: French Ligue 1 has been the most unpredictable to the nation from 1990 to 2000 and had some consecutive 7 wins in nine years. The winning strike was not stopped there yet when they got 4 different championships in 4 years.
This just led down the streams for the French Ligue 1 and has to lose the talented players since then came the oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain who has been absolutely dominating French league having won 4 back to back titles and that has kind of lead the overall appeal to the league suffered.
6. Brazilian Serie A: Brazilian league has the flair, the samba touch and some very exciting games but the quality of football is way below the standard of European top leagues.
2015 league winners Corinthians had 81 points while the 20th place side Joinville had 31 and that’s massive 50 points gap. But as far as Copa Libertadores is concerned Brazil had at least 4 teams in each of the last 3 season knockout rounds.
7. Argentine League: Probably the best league in South America at the moment both in terms of quality and star players. Argentina clubs has won the last two Copa Libertadores (River Plate 2015, San Lorenzo, 2014).
Carlo Tevez has returned to Argentina and guided his Boca Juniors side to title victory in 2015. Unlike the other top leagues, Argentina has 30 teams in top division divided into two zones of 15 teams each.
8. Dutch Eredivisie: Eredivisie has long been a second string league behind top european domestic competitions. Ajax and PSV are two power houses who most often than not compete for the title. Ajax has won 4 league titles in the last 5 years.
Interestingly dutch league has the highest goal to game ratio in top european leagues but also a most red cards. The league is not only famous for winning 4 titles in 5 years but its most red cards in the game are also in their fame.
9. Portuguese Liga: FC Porto and Benfica are the two remarkable and consistent gems of this league and have been accomplishing the distinction around the globe. Quality of football is pretty similar to that of Spanish La liga but Portuguese clubs has the same dilemma as Dutch league as they can’t afford to hold on to talented players for long.
Just like La Liga, Portuguese league is dominated but two top teams and last time a team other than Benfica and Porto won the league was back in 2002 when Sporting pipped Porto for the title.
10. Major League Soccer: Still growing as a sport in United States, MLS has come along way since 1994 when USA hosted the world cup. Now “Soccer” is pretty much a mainstream sport in the states and MLS has gone from strength to strength in last couple of decades.
The exciting levels have increased and some of the top clubs in MLS have developed loyal fan basis. Although one downer is the fact that top players from europe uses MLS as their last destination to end their careers.