The Italian Serie A, La Liga and the English Premier League seem to be the best soccer league in the world today. However, none of them had the most honest claim. Acknowledging that it is the best is an honor dictated not only by bragging about rights, but also by being able to attract top-tier players and endorsement deals to further secure the mantle. There are countless factors to consider; Coutinho’s tactical Italian outweighs the prime minister’s financial pressure? Will he consistently exceed the strength of the English midfielder? How does the Mediterranean cousins compare?
When comparing these different brands of “Beautiful Game”, we have to take into account many factors that make it great individually. History, present and future are essential to compare these different brands and build a final perception of whether one is not standing above the others.
The first and most popular way for fans to compare tournaments, who has the best players? The next natural hypothesis is that Spain holds a hand in this argument, especially since the world (Ronaldinho) and European (Fabio Cannavaro) are the players of the year who play in the league. Spain can also boast of many other great talents. Madrid has Van Nistelrooy, Rael, Robinho and Beckham, Barcelona can boast of Ronaldinho, Deco, Messi, Eto’o and Zambrotta. Other clubs have great artists such as David Villa, Joaquin Sanchez in Valencia, Riqui El Villarreal, among others.
Italy can boast of an equally impressive roster of Galacticos, but perhaps due to the pedestrian nature of Serie A players, they tend to be a little older. Internazionale (or Inter) has the most impressive list. Crespo, Ibrahimovic, Veron, Stankovic, Figo and Samuel together and there is an exchange for Nerazzurri. His opponents from Milan are also in superstar galore. Despite losing Andrei Shevchenko’s fate to Chelsea in the summer, they face a sensation against Kaka Richie. It should also be noted that the Milan goalkeeper still includes the legendary Paolo Maldini as captain. With Caliupoli suspended in Italy’s first division, what needs to be mentioned is the exit from the Serie A that happened over the summer, when many of its top members left the division.
Zambrotta and Thorham left Juventus for Barcelona, Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson also joined their coach, the Bianconeri Fabio Capello from Madrid, and former top-flight favorites such as Alessandro Del Piero, Gigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet decided to stay loyal to the old woman and change the Serie A for one season. As mentioned, Shevchenko also left Rosonieri for Chelsea.
The important thing that is described when comparing undoubtedly great talent in these different tournaments is that although we look at it from the point of view of now, the future is also a vital factor. As mentioned, Serie A does not usually contain more experienced tournaments, while the Premier League could argue that Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Cesc Fabregas have promising talent. Spanish football could also argue that its reach includes young people, with youngsters like Sergio Aguero and Fernando “El Nino” Torres ready to join Atlético, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and a name that excludes Matias Fernandez, a Chilean player planning to join Villarreal in January.
Football in the twenty-first century is much more than it was in previous decades. It is currently a company and one of the largest in the world. Transfer rates are now, so Tom, Dick, or Harry appears to be worth 15 million euros. Players’ salaries have also seen astronomical changes. This is to the extent that 3 million euros a year is not quite an exorbitant salary for a great international player. With club costs rising, someone needs to meet these prohibitive financial requirements.
Sponsorship, TV rights and marketing revenue are now being used by the big clubs that now sell the “brand” instead of the sport. From product mix to branded shirts, the marketing aspect of major clubs and leagues is crucial to their strengths.