Ranking the Top 5 leagues in Europe in the last decade
Which is the best league in Europe?
Fans across all ages point at various aspects when comparing the top five leagues - European trophies won, UEFA coefficients, the competitiveness of a certain league, the glamour quotient, match attendance, television viewership... It goes on and on with new arguments surfacing at the drop of a meme.
So after much deliberation, we decided to rank them ourselves. Let it be known far and wide that these are now the official rankings and anyone who says otherwise will be compelled to appear before a tribunal and charged.
5) Ligue 1
Let's be honest, shall we? Ligue 1 may have been one of the most competitive leagues in Europe but Qatari money at Paris Saint-Germain has diluted any hope of competition.
Here's a list of Ligue 1 champions in France in the past decade before and after the money came in.
2007/08 to 2011/12: Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lille, Montpellier
2012/13 to 2016/17: PSG, PSG, PSG, PSG, Monaco
While PSG's first three title triumphs saw them win the league by an average of 10 points, the 2015/16 campaign was one of the most one-sided in the history of football.
The capital club cantered to the title in a one-horse race with a 31-point lead. Second-placed Lyon were actually closer to the relegation zone than the trophy.
AS Monaco's rise last season also coincided with PSG's fall after Unai Emery took over. Still, the league did not have much else going for them apart from a fleeting hope in the Champions League which was either obliterated by Barcelona or quietly (but effectively) silenced by Juventus.
With Neymar (and possibly Kylian Mbappe) joining PSG, the title race is effectively over with Monaco also losing their best talents. They'll put up a fight, but it's hard to look past PSG as favourites in a league whose champion teams of old barely have the resources to go up against the big two.