Why La Liga Still Attracts The World’s Best Players

La Liga

People constantly debate which league is better.

La Liga, The English Premier League, Serie A or the Bundesliga?

Well its simple it’s La Liga.


Because the leagues biggest two sides in Spain attract the world’s best players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar. Before them they had the likes of Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Ferenc Puskas, Ronaldinho, Romario, Hristo Stoichkov, David Beckham, Alfredo Di Stefano dawn either Barcelona or Real Madrid shirts.

In the summer both Barca and Real splashed out major cash, bringing in Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez. Suarez had been the best player in the EPL during the 2013/14 season, while James was the breakout, breathtaking star of last summers World Cup in Brazil.

Now the Catalan side need to serve a transfer ban during the next two transfer windows, giving the other sides in Europe a slight chance at gaining some of the world’s best talent. But Real will still target top players and will no doubt get the players that they target, like Manchester United’s David de Gea.

I could cheat you here and write a huge summary on why the planets biggest stars choose Spain over the rest but it’s quite simple.

MONEY – Both clubs have huge coffers that they can delve in to and money talks; whether its to entice clubs to sell or persuade players to join them with the promise of astronomical wages. Now these sides may be bankrolled by local authorities, a huge number of club members, sponsorship deals and/or TV money    but that doesn’t really matter what matters is that there always seems to be an endless pile of gold reserves in the banks available to them.

HISTORY – Just look at the names I mentioned earlier in the build up. Those are all legends in the footballing world, so the players of tomorrow like Norway’s Martin Odegaard will always want to be the next potential superstar to join the legendary lineage of Spain’s top two. Keeping those greats around directly helps influence signing the best young talent, up and coming Frenchman Raphael Varane was talked into signing for Real by his hero Zidane. The two clubs also have a long history of winning and being successful. No one has won as many European Cup/Champions League titles as Real’s ten triumphs (Barca have four). The two giants have fifty-four La Liga titles between them (Atletico Madrid ironically are currently the Spanish champs). They constantly qualify for Europe’s most elite competition.

EL CLASICO – The derby between the two great rivals has become a fixture that gets the world talking. It has a huge appeal for a worldwide audience with an estimated 400 million people taking in the game back in 2012. That exposure is huge and to share the field and TV screen with or against Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is extremely appealing. Would people really join Manchester United to play in the Manchester derby or move to Germany for Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern Munich?

WEATHER – Let’s face it would you choose between northern Italy, boring Germany or dull England over sunny Spain if everything else was equal? Nope I didn’t think so.

So there you have it, it’s simple Spain still has a huge edge over everyone else when claiming is has the best league and attracting the best players.

2 Responses to “Why La Liga Still Attracts The World’s Best Players”

  1. wow … dumb shit

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