Football, or soccer, is the most popular sport in the world, with just about every country fielding at least one team. Because of the sport's global popularity, there are numerous professional leagues to keep up with throughout the year. With so many games to watch, it can be difficult to identify the best ones for your time. Here's a look at some of the top leagues that you should make a point of following.
The English Premier League draws in the biggest crowds, both in person and on TV. Many of the top players in Europe and from around the world play in this league, even if they don't call the United Kingdom home. One of the biggest drawing points of the league is that there are no real superpowers; any team has a shot at winning in a given year. Take the 2015-16 season, for example — defending champions, Chelsea, wound up in 10th place.
The German national team is a perennial powerhouse in the World Cup, and many of its players spend the rest of their time in the country's Bundesliga league. One of the biggest selling points for American audiences is the league extensive TV rights, making it easy to stay up to date on the latest games. Bayern Munich is considered by many to be the best team in the world and on par with La Liga's Barcelona.
La Liga is a Spanish league with many excellent teams and star players. Barcelona and Real Madrid battle it out each year, and fans will have the chance to watch superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The other teams in the league are on the rise as well, with Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and Villarreal making an impact in recent years. Players from this league also make appearances in a variety of European competitions.
This Italian league waned in popularity following a game-fixing scandal in 2006, but it is back on top once again with teams like Napoli and Juventus drawing in the biggest crowds. The other teams in the league are rebounding from the scandal as well, with Fiorentina, Inter Milan, and Roma giving five-time defending champions Juventus a run for their money. Crowds are still not at the level they once were, but they are still on the rise as the league continues to improve.
French Ligue 1
France's Ligue 1 may not have the best teams or the best players on the European circuit, but they make up for that in rivalries. For those who take the time to get to know the teams and players in this league, as there aren't many global superstars, there is a lot of excitement to be had. Paris Saint Germain and Olympic Lyon are the top teams to watch in Ligue 1.
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