What's the best league in the world? Few discussions get fans and experts going quite like the topic of comparing Europe's top leagues.
In England, the feeling still is that the Premier
League is the best league in the world. But based on what criteria? The EPL's international TV revenues outdistance those from other leagues by a wide margin so it's the best-sold league, hands down.
In the United States, the EPL easily outdraws other European leagues in terms of viewers, but it again benefits from the remarkable promotional and production work of the
folks at NBC Sports. (Univision is quick to point out its ratings for Liga MX games easily beat out those for the EPL.)
The best criteria most will use in comparing the top leagues
concern best clubs and the best players. Only one English team -- Chelsea in 2013 -- has made the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in the last three years. EPL players were shut out of the 2015
FIFPro Best XI and just 10 players ranked among the 44 players
who comprised the four reserve teams.
there is that perception of EPL superiority, largely driven by money. Hans-Joachim Watzke
, the Borussia Dortmund chief executive, believes the new $7 billion TV deals the EPL has signed don't
make it better than the Bundesliga, telling Kölnischen
Germany “is the world champion, while the English will be able to celebrate a great milestone in the summer: 50 years without a title."
Watzke says Bundesliga clubs
have nothing to fear as long as they stick to what they do well.
“There is no need for the Bundesliga to be shy," he said. "From a soccer perspective, it’s just as good as the
Premier League. We have superb stadiums filled with passionate fans, the average attendance is much higher, we play great soccer and we have first-class academies."
Watzke doesn't imagine
the new-found wealth will change perceptions of the EPL among BVB players.
“I can’t imagine," he said, "that good players from Borussia Dortmund will move to Norwich City or