Premier League vs. La Liga: Why the EPL Wins Every Time but I Can't Prove It

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIDecember 29, 2011

One thing about voicing an opinion is that you open yourself up to criticism, hatred and most certainly: controversy.

The title of this article will no doubt achieve all of the above on it's own, but for me it's not even a debate.

I'm sure I'm probably biased being an Englishman, but the Premier League offers so much more competitiveness that there is rarely a televised game that I wouldn't watch.

Real Madrid and Barcelona can offer up some of the most entertaining attacking players that have ever lived—in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi—but in terms of a competitive league, it's a two-horse race every season.

People could argue that more goals, the superstar players or the amount of Champions League appearances could all be testament to which is the better league, but for every valid point there is an equally valid rebuttal.

For example, what if more goals in a league comes down to the league having poorer defenders? Or does it mean they have better strikers?

Does Barcelona winning the Champions League mean that La Liga is a better league? Or does it mean La Liga's top team is stronger than the EPL's top team?

Any of the lower placed clubs in the Premier League can certainly go to Old Trafford, Anfield or the Etihad Stadium and have a shock result, and that is what football is all about.

I'm not sure I could say that about visiting teams to the Bernabeu and Camp Nou.

The Premier League can certainly boast a higher average attendance than La Liga (via Wikipedia)—based on last year's figures, but that doesn't clarify whether the league is better or not.

There will never be a proven way of concluding the answer to this quandary, and it will continue to divide opinion for years to come—much like the argument of whether Ronaldo is better than Messi.

At the end of the day, people have their own views on which league is better and you can't prove them wrong.

Just remember they can't prove they're right either (h/t Christopher Hitchens).

 

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