What are the best soccer leagues in the world?
In recent years, several leagues, especially in Europe, have gained much audience and attention from fans and the media. Still, these leagues, which feature the best players and soccer clubs in the world, have generated so much buzz that pundits have had a hard time deciding which of these leagues are the best football leagues in the world.
Read on to find out if your favorite soccer league made our top-10 list.
World football, 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, fans turn to soccer leagues in various countries.
Our ranking of the best soccer leagues in the world is based on TV views/popularity, the 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 into the count down.
The best soccer leagues in the world
10. Major League Soccer (MLS)
Established in 1993, Major League Soccer is the domestic soccer 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. That 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. MLS takes the 10th spot on our list of the best soccer leagues in the world.
9. Primeira Liga
A domestic football league of Portugal, it 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.
Primeira Liga houses some of the best soccer prospects in Europe, as the clubs are continually 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. Primeira Liga comes in as no. 9 on our list of the world’s best soccer leagues.
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, it has progressed to be one of the most popular leagues in Europe. Eredivisie was 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 soccer league has produced some of Europe’s top players, such as Matthijs De Light, Frenkie De Jong, and Virgil Van Dijk.
7. Superliga Argentina
In South America, the title of the best soccer league is subject to debate between the Argentinian domestic football league and the Brazilian football league. The league boasts of some of the most skillful players in South American local leagues. In the South American continental club football tournament, the Copa Libertadores, the league boasts of the current champions, as well as the most successful winners in the history of the competition. The league has been the breeding ground for some of the best players in the world, such as Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, and Sergio Aguero.
The top division of Brazilian domestic football boasts of vibrant soccer talents. Brasileirão, which is a major contender of the title of the best soccer league in South America, is one that features intense competition between various clubs. The league is the most-watched. It is also the best domestic soccer league in South America with huge successful records in continental and international tournaments. Brasileirão has the most club world cup wins and the second most Copa Libertadores titles. The league has produced some of the best players in Europe, such as Neymar Jr., Alison Becker, and Roberto Firmino.
5. Ligue 1
Ligue 1 actions are a testament to the incredible gameplay as well as 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 dominants at multiple times. Up to 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
Taking the 4th spot on our list of the best football leagues in the world is the Italian domestic football league, Serie A. Since soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, Serie A 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 as the fourth-best soccer league in Europe by UEFA in 2019, Bundesliga, the German domestic soccer league, is unarguably one of the toughest in Europe. Bundesliga, which was founded in 1962, has 56 clubs playing in it. It has the most average league attendance in the world. Its clubs are also very successful at continental tournaments. Bundesliga is home to top soccer talents such as Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, and Frank Ribery.
2. La Liga
The Spanish domestic football league features some of the best soccer clubs in the world and is ranked the best soccer league in Europe by UEFA in its 2019 ranking. The league had over 76 million viewers watch its games during the 2018/19 season. La Liga features some of the most anticipated soccer 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, seven times.
1. Premier League
The English Premier League is by far the biggest, most powerful, and best soccer league in the world right now. Its matches are broadcasted in 212 countries and reach about 4.7 billion people. According to UEFA’s 2019 league’s ranking, EPL has been ranked the second-best soccer league in Europe. Premier League, which was founded in 1992, is the second soccer league with the most average attendance in the 2018/19 season. Top players such as Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba, and Harry Kane play in the EPL.
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