You would be hard-pressed to formulate an argument against the English Premier League being the best division in world football.
In Spain the duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona has been broken by only three clubs in 29 years (and that was on just five occasions), while the Bundesliga title has been shared by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in 13 of the past 16 seasons.
In terms of the quality of football and pedigree of players, both La Liga and the Bundesliga are there—but while the latter matches the openness of the title-race, neither can equal the sheer pace and excitement of the English top-tier.
That assertion is backed by viewing figures, and according to the Premier League website, last season the division was broadcast in 212 countries to an audience of 4.7 billion, with TV rights translating into astronomical player wages, as detailed by Sporting Intelligence.
So it is not hard to see why players from every time-zone on the planet are drawn to the English top-flight, but, as expected, the speed and physicality prove too much for many.
However, strugglers are by-the-by—a more interesting debate is which of the current Premier League crop would excel if they were transplanted to other shores.
Naturally most would be the star of, say, the Qatar Stars League or the A-League (which makes even Emile Heskey look talented), so we’ve whittled it down to five who would shine in some of the world’s other leading divisions.
All stats courtesy of Transfermarkt unless linked otherwise.