Football/soccer being one of the most followed sports in the world generates excitement and heightened emotions, especially international tournaments. During periods when the international football scene no longer features any action, football fans turn to football leagues in various countries. In recent years, several leagues, especially in Europe, has gained much audience and attention from fans and the media, but this leagues which feature the best footballers in the world, have generated so much buzz that pundits have had a hard time, deciding which of these leagues are the most popular. In this article, we’ll review the most popular football/soccer leagues in the world (2020 edition), based on TV views, presence of top players, social media buzz generated from league games, and the success of clubs from these leagues in various continental tournaments. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.
10. Major League Soccer (MLS)
Established in 1993, Major League Soccer is the domestic football league of the United States of America. Since the MLS had its first season in 1996, TV viewership has increased to about 2 million viewers watching a single game. In the media, MLS has been subject to constant attention. This can be attributed to the arrival of top European stars to the league. Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s long-range strike, 40 yards out, against Los Angeles FC in March 2018, placed the MLS in the limelight briefly.
9. Primeira Liga
Domestic football league of Portugal, the league is home to what is called Os Três Grandes (The Big Three), the three most powerful football clubs in Portugal. These clubs, Porto, Benfica and Sporting CP are the top contender in various continental tournaments, such as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. The league houses some of the best football prospects in Europe, as the clubs are constantly scouting for talented youngsters. Some of the best players in the world began their career in the Primeira Liga. Such players include Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva. The Primeira Liga has also been the starting point for top football coaches, such as Jose Mourinho and Marco Silva.
8. Dutch Eredivisie
Home to one of the powerhouses in European football, the Dutch Eredivisie is the top tier football league of the Netherlands. Founded in 1963, the league has progressed to be one of the most popular in Europe.it is ranked the 9th best football league in Europe by UEFA in 2019. In various continental tournaments, clubs that represent the Dutch Eredivisie are considered top contenders. The league has produced some of Europe’s top footballers such as Mattijs De Light, Frankie De jong and Van Dijk.
7. Argentine Super League
In South America, the title of the best league is subject to debate between the Argentinian domestic football league and the Brazilian football league. The league boasts of some of the most skilful players in South American domestic leagues. In South American continental club football tournament, the Copa Libertadores, the league boasts of the current champions, as well as the most successful champions in the history of the tournament. The league has been the breeding ground for some of the best footballers in the world, such as Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.
The top division of Brazilian domestic football boasts of rich football talents. The league is one of that features intense competition between various clubs. The league is also the most-watched domestic football league in South America. The league is also very successful in continental and international tournaments. Brasileirão has the most club world cup wins and the second most Copa Libertadores title. The league has produced some of the best footballers in Europe such as Neymar Jr., Allison Becker and Roberto Firmino.
5. Ligue 1
The actions in the Ligue 1is testament to the incredible gameplay as well the presence of world-class footballers in the league. The French domestic league which has been in existence since 1932 has seen various clubs emerge as the domineering club at various times. As much as 1.6 million people watch a single Ligue 1 game featuring top clubs such as PSG. The league was rated the 7th best league in Europe by UEFA in 2019. Top players such as Edinson Cavani, wonder boy, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
4. Serie A
Since football great, Cristiano Ronaldo, joined Juventus, the league has received increased media attention. In his debut match for Juventus, about 2.3 million tuned in to watch the star work his magic. The league which was founded in 1898 was ranked the third-best league in Europe by UEFA in 2019. Aside from Ronaldo, top footballers in the Serie A include, Lorenzo Insigne, Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon.
Ranked the fourth-best football league in Europe by UEFA in 2019, the Bundesliga, the German domestic football league is unarguably one of the toughest football leagues in Europe. The league which was founded in 1962 has 56 clubs playing in it. The league has the most average league attendance in the world. Its clubs are also very successful at continental tournaments. The league is home to top football talents such as Manual Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Frank Ribery.
2. English Premier League
The EPL is one of the most powerful football leagues in the world. Its matches are broadcasted in 212 countries and reach about 4.7 billion people. According to UEFA 2019 league’s ranking, EPL has ranked the second-best league in Europe. The league which was founded in 1992, is the second football league with the most average attendance in the 2018/19 season. Top players such as Mohammed Salah, Paul Pogba and Harry Kane play in the EPL.
1. La Liga
The Spanish domestic football league features some of the best football clubs in the world and is ranked the top league in Europe by UEFA in its 2019 ranking. The league had over 76 million viewers watch its games during the 2018/19 season. The league features some of the most anticipated football games in the world, such as the El Clasico. The league which was founded in 1929 features 20 teams, and in continental and international tournaments, it is one of the most successful. Clubs in La Liga have won the UEFA Champions League, 18 times and FIFA Club World Cup, 7 times.
There you have it—Our curated top-10 most popular football/soccer Leagues in the world in 2020. Which football league did you expect to see on this list? Please share in the comments section below.