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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale: “La Liga is the most exciting league in the world”

Jul 24, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

Bale was a constant thorn in Barca's side, as the Welshman tore their makeshift defense apart. AP

La Liga? Premier League? Serie A? Bundesliga?

In bars, stadiums and living rooms across the world, this discussion is always an interesting one. Just what is the best league in the world?

[RELATED: Bale, Real win UCL title]

One player who has experience of both England’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga, arguably the top two competitions in world soccer, has spoken out and believes one is superior. Step forward Gareth Bale, the most expensive player in the world.

When asked if La Liga was the best in the world and above the PL, Bale had the following to say.

“The Spanish League is the most exciting and the world’s top players play there,” Bale said. “Barcelona or Real Madrid are always there, near the Champions League final or winning it. The Premier League is a great league but we are attracting the best players to La Liga. It is great to be involved in it.”

After another summer of splurging on big-name players and spending hundreds of millions of dollars between them, Real and Barcelona are certainly creating two of the greatest squads seen in soccer history. Madrid have stars such as Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, while Barca possess Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Xavi among others.

Spain’s two biggest teams are stacked.

However, is La Liga really the ‘most exciting league in the world’ as Bale says? I would argue the PL or maybe even the Bundesliga can stake a claim as being the most exciting to watch. Sure, both England and Germany have domestic powerhouses like Real and Barcelona but across the board those leagues seem to be much more competitive and tend to churn out more shocks and upsets than you see in Spain.

Spain is the most star-studded league, yes. Is it the most exciting? I’m not so sure, Gareth.

  1. lyleoross - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Bale is correct, he does have the biggest head in the world…

  2. dkalev - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I’m sorry, but every league is boring… Serie a goes to juve, seems like inter and ac only care about champions league… Bundesliga goes to bayern Munich, la liga goes to Real Madrid athletico Madrid or Barcelona… And premier always goes to manu or Chelsea, with arsenal Liverpool and Tottenham pretending to compete until the final weeks… Even mls sees galaxy almost won it all nearly every year

    • mlsconvert88888 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      So you don’t actually watch any MLS?

    • mazblast - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Did you notice who won the PL last season? It wasn’t any of the teams you named.

      As for Bale’s comments, of course he’s going to say the league in which he plays currently is the best. What else would you have him say? If he was playing in Laos or Rwanda, he’d say that was the best league in the world.

    • mrsingh24 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      I dont think you really watch anything. Serie A has a ton of talent in Roma, Napoli, Inter, and AC Milan to give Juve a run for its money. La Liga is evenly split between Barca and R Madrid and the El Classico games are probably the most fun to watch in all of soccer. I would say that At Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla would give a lot of competition to teams from the other leagues as well.

      I honestly do not know how you can say Premier league always goes to Man U or Chelsea. That statement alone makes me believe you havent watched anything really. I would only agree with you in the respect that Bundesliga is the most unbalanced team with Bayern completely dominating the rest buy simply purchasing all the best players they have.

  3. elgallo2001 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I think it’s pretty clear that PL is the most balanced top to bottom. You don’t even hear about other teams in La Liga. Sad, really.

    • lavatomy - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I guess it depends on what news outlets one follows? When I read American soccer sites then most European stories mostly revolve around Premier League but when I go to South American soccer sites they mostly cover La Liga and Serie A. I watch all major European leagues when a good game is on.. wouldn’t waste my time watching West Brom, Getafe or Livorno playing other teams of their caliber.

  4. jylick - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Prem all the way.

    • rosefloweraruba - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      the best football in the world is played in Germany, I think your Spanish loosers forgot already about the WM, blowing away from a team like the netherland by 4 – 0. you are a bunch of millionaires without any bknowledge about world soccer

  5. jhnyr45 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    EPL and Bundesliga for sure…. la liga is trash

  6. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The best 2 1/2-team league on the planet.

    • mazblast - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Nicely said. Barca, Real and sometimes Atletico Madrid–and a bunch of filler. The PL has its placeholders, true, but in terms of quality sides, the PL usually goes about 7-8 deep, and the “filler” is often decent enough to pull upsets more often.

    • scoochpooch - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Oh man, you totally took my line, LOL. Totally right:
      La Liga – 2.5 teams, garbage after that.
      EPL – 4 teams were bouncing up and down top spot last year, add Spurs, Everton, ManU for quality
      Bundy – Bayern has dominated recently but competitive amongst a bunch of teams below them
      Serie A – league in complete downward spiral
      Ligue 1 – no one cares but Zlatan is amazing to watch

      Plus AthMadrid succeeded in large part to EPL loanee Courtois from Chelsea

      • pensfan603 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:10 AM

        if real madrid and barcelona were in the epl they would blow out every team week in and week out.. so i really dont think you can make the rest of la liga is garbage, especially when they have more success then epl teams on an international level.

  7. pensfan603 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    lmao i like how half of you like to call la liga a two team league, who won europa league last year? sevilla la liga? they also had two team in te europa semis how many did the epl have 0? La liga is better almost all around, the bottom bottom of epl is probably better then the bottom bottom of la liga but besides that la liga is better.
    As for interesting to watch goes
    1. Eredivisie
    2. La liga.
    3. Serie A
    4. Bundisiga
    5. MLS
    6. Ligue 1
    7. EPL
    I only ranked leagues that i watch but that would be my rankings.

    • lavatomy - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      That’s another thing I forgot to mention in my other comment. People say that La Liga is not competitive outside of the big two but when it comes to Europa league they’re always going far compared to the EPL’s “other teams”.

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