Which are the best football leagues in the world?

By Miguel Prazeres

August 20, 2020

The discussion about which is the best football league in the world is a classic among football fans. After all, what is the criterion that should be adopted? The most lucrative, the one which has the best clubs, players, or revenues? Joining some efforts and criteria, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) announced which are the best at the end of 2019.

5 – Categoria Primera – Colombia (849 points)

IFFHS was surprised by the Colombian Football League: the Categoria Primera left behind some big names like the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 or the Portuguese League. Divided between the Opening and Clausura tournament, the competition has been dominated in recent years by clubs such as Atletico Nacional, Independiente de Medellín or Junior Barranquilla. All of them are far from continental success as the Copa Libertadores trophies have been divided between Brazilian and Argentinian clubs in recent years.

4 – Serie A – Italy (939 points)

Juventus‘ reign has been cruising in Serie A in the last decade. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival maximized that dominance and brought some big stars as well. Lukaku, Eriksen, Alexis Sanchez and Ibrahimovic are nowadays some of the Italian football stars. The giants from Milan want to reborn, Lazio is solidifying a position among the top clubs and some new clubs are trying to reach the top, namely Atalanta.

3- La Liga – Spain (1141 points)

With giants like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in front of everyone, the Spanish La Liga features third. The two Spanish giants have are hegemonic in terms of league titles. But, the competitiveness of Spanish clubs is also expressed in important clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia or Villarreal. All of them are a regular presence in the final stages of UEFA competitions.

2- Brasileirao / Serie A – Brazil (1,165 points)

Another surprising fact refers to the Brazilian championship. IFFHS considered the second-best in the world. In 2019, Flamengo beat all the opponents. They dominate not only the Brasileirao but all competitions they played, including the Copa Libertadores. In addition to the Rubro-Negro, clubs like Corinthians, Gremio, Santos, Sao Paulo or Palmeiras are some of the biggest names in Brazilian football. They are also contenders to win the Copa Libertadores every time they feature in the competition.

1- Premier League – England (1287 points)

With teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, it’s not a surprise to see the Premier League being ranked as the best league in the world. The competition is not only the most profitable, but also the one with the highest degree of competitiveness. With world-class players in almost every squad. It should also be noted that England’s biggest clubs are always a usual appearance in the final stages of UEFA competitions.

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