Manchester United's loss to West Bromwich Albion confirmed Manchester City's crowning as champions of England in what has been yet another entertaining English Premier League (EPL) season.
With the winners already decided, the focus would now be on who secures the remaining three Champions League spots and who survives the relegation battle. Despite the rather one-sided nature of this season's title race, the EPL has continued to be the most watched football league in the world.
It is estimated that the top division of English football will have collected over $2.5 billion from television broadcasting revenue by the end of the season.
So why is it that the Premier League is such a massive success? What makes it attract fans from every corner of the globe? Exactly how much of an impact do external forces that influence the beautiful game have in determining a league's popularity? Let's have a look.
#1 Financial strength
10 of the 20 richest clubs in world football are English. Not only does the Premier League make the most amount of television revenue in football, the governing authorities also ensure that the revenue is equitably distributed to all of its participating clubs.
It is anticipated that the top clubs in England would receive around $150 million in total TV income and prize money whereas, the bottom table clubs would receive around $100 million by the end of the 2017/18 season.
Comparatively, in the rival Spanish league, the top clubs are likely to receive around $150 million and the bottom clubs would get somewhere in the range of $60-70 million. This means that Premier League clubs, on the whole, have more purchasing power, which in turn encourages them to bid for the top players and managers in world football.
Some examples of highly sought after players that were acquired by top English clubs in recent times are Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alvaro Morata, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva. However, what's even more interesting is that even the bottom table clubs in England have made impressive signings lately.
Everton signed Davy Klaasen and Wayne Rooney, Stoke City signed Bruno Martins-Indi and Xherdan Shaqiri, and Watford signed Richarlison and Roberto Pereyra.
Additionally, some of the biggest managerial names in football such as Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have been lured to English shores to flex their tactical muscles. As a result, quite naturally, the attention of the masses gets drawn towards the EPL.