Why Premier League has more fans and Popularity than La Liga and why La Liga top two are suffering financially than Premier League big spenders
Over the years, there have been a lot of debate about which is a better league between Premier League and La Liga.
In most cases, many fans end up saying the Premier League is the better league. But Why?
Could it be because of its huge fan base, or their English speaking nature? What about TV rights? etc.
However, this content is not here to rank the best league. BraggsSports has taken her time to point down Why Premier League has more fans and Popularity than La Liga and why La Liga top two are suffering financially than Premier League big spenders
High Base Salary – The Nature of La Liga big two
A really high base salary carries greater risk than a really high transfer fee. A wage bill will mess up a club long before its transfer expenditure will.
So I think this is a very clear explanation to anyone who still don’t understand Barcelona’s financial situation. Considering they have both had exorbitant transfer and wage fees, hence €1 billion debt caused by some lunatic in Catalonia (Josep Maria Bartomeu).
The Financial Fair Play (FFP) Rule
The flaw in the idea of a Premier League salary cap or tighter financial control is that there is no real interest in regulation from those in charge. The free for all, spend what you like nature of the Premier League seems to be its biggest selling point. Regulation affects marketability.
I can understand the criticisms of Javier Tebas (La Liga President), but it is difficult to deny how impressive his control of La Liga finances has been. For me, that model should be a European standard.
We’re only talking about Barcelona being in trouble because La Liga isn’t allowing their reckless spending to go unchecked. If the Premier League kept tighter control over their club’s finances, I wonder how many would be in a similar position.
It would be easy for Javier Tebas to bring in FFP rules that are so lenient. They may as well not exist as the Premier League has and allow Barca and Real Madrid to totally dominate and bring all that global focus back to Spain. But he went the other way.
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The lack of investments in La Liga is interesting. Premier League obviously has tons of Oligarchs or Americans investing. American money is going in Serie A now too. For some reason none of it is coming to Spain. U.S investors are buying Parma but won’t buy Valencia for example.
And I mean, considering how Valencia has been run over the last two decades, who could blame anyone for not investing in them? But they’ve been run that way specifically because of their owners. Competent investors could come in and build that thing like they are doing in other leagues. I wonder if it is more of a cultural thing, with socios model and undisputed dominance of the big two Spanish teams.
Owners and league environment, specifically pre-FFP. And the tax situation doesn’t help, which goes beyond the league. And sure, someone COULD do the extra work to make Valencia competitive. But why when they could buy an English club instead? Their goal is profit.
This is especially true as media has become more global. And English being the most known language fancies that. I feel like a lot of younger fans have missed some larger realities due to the success of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last decade.
Other leagues, notably La Liga, should be worrying about the absurd money Premier League clubs are spending on amassing talent. So many talented players from other leagues are going to The Premier League. Other leagues need to understand how they can improve from a marketability standpoint.
Years and years of great marketability, putting out an entertaining product, a universally popular fantasy football league, and spreading TV rights in a more equitable way have made it so that the health of the league is in a great place. All this work is blossoming right now.
Short Term Debts
One reason Barcelona have more problems with debt than others is that so much is short-term, i.e. needs to be repaid within the next 12 months: €731m for Barcelona (including €268m bank loans), while next highest are Atletico Madrid and Tottenham with only €432m and €404m respectively.
One consequence of the high debt is a steep increase in the amount of interest Barcelona has to pay. This is up from less than €1m in 2018 to €26m in 2020, the highest in Europe, ahead of Man United’s €23m. This payment is budgeted to further rise to €34m in 2021.
The Power of English Language
People forget that Premier League biggest advantage is English, not just the marketing or the football, that comes later. It’s really tough to fight against that. That will take decades to cup away at, and there will always be a gap.
The idea that better broadcasting and marketing will suddenly make fans in Africa or Asia get more jazzed about watching the Basque Derby (Athletico Bilbao vs Real Sociedad) (or any non-elite club) is a bit naïve.
In the modern era, English Premier League has been clearly superior to La Liga. Real Madrid and Barca sharing 6 UCLs in the past decade didn’t help, the presence of Messi and Ronaldo didn’t help, the best two teams of the past decade didn’t help, Spanish clubs ruling Europe didn’t help.
I often tell my friends that the biggest advantage the English league has is the very fact that it’s English in the first place. It’s now that Barca and Real Madrid are beginning to be hurt from the clear inferiority of La Liga that the majority is getting concerned.
The Premier League is considered English, even if the top talents aren’t in that league. This help make marketing in the U.S a snap. They also got on NBC, a network, which was huge. Big match every week on free TV. Spain has a rash of complexities that hamstring it. Marcus Rashford for example, has an elite PR. Had to do a live video with Obama just for the offers. That’s next level competence.
Language is the first. Foreign stuff just doesn’t do well in the U.S, unless it’s British. Once a colony, reach. La Liga aligned with BeIN Sports, which then took on Comcast and got punted. The ESPN deal will help them a lot. They will get big matches on ABC.
La Liga’s dependence on Messi
The fact that the entire league was so terrified of Messi leaving last season just highlights how dependent Spanish football is on having Messi around to sell it’s TV package now.
Messi, CR7 and to some extend Neymar were brands on their own. With more followers than at least 50% of clubs not part of European elite. That’s mad to ignore.
Javier Tebas’ incompetence
On the other side, Tebas is massively incompetent. The 2010’s were a dream for him from a marketing perspective. The 2 greatest players of our generation [Messi and Ronaldo] playing for the 2 biggest clubs in the world, and he didn’t capitalize. Pure incompetence.
I think La liga is still too dependent on the big two (Atletico are getting there of course but not as much in the global POV) and the rest are largely irrelevant outside of Spain, especially to those who don’t follow the league closely. That’s the big issue.
Jules Kounde (Sevilla) heavily linked with a move away from La Liga is the reality La Liga faces. Everyone is inferior to Premier League in marketing and financial power and it’s showing. The issue is, it’s not Tottenham knocking, it’s Chelsea – the Champions League winners with a world class coach and exciting project.
This isn’t a new reality either. It’s always been the case in the modern era. Sevilla losing stars to Premier League clubs. Real Madrid losing stars, however, shows how everyone is being affected. The exodus will continue. La Liga is in big trouble.
It’s not as simple as “the Premier League is rich and LaLiga is poor”. Of Europe’s 5 major leagues, only La Liga’s clubs posted an overall profit in 2019/20, the first season impacted by Covid-19 and the most recently audited. There is money there. But La Liga clubs are being prudent.
English league lost 1.17 billion euros and Italian lost 754 million euros in the same period. The financing of English clubs have a lot to do with the spending. Also the financial fair play in Spain is very restrictive due to what happened in the past.
People also don’t count for over inflation. All Premier League clubs are rich but the pull factors are different. Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United can sign world class talents meanwhile the mid table/bottom sides can only sign foreign money grabbers who don’t even try. Not exactly “equal, is it?
Newcastle might be able to splurge £40 million on 10 goals in 86 games Joelinton Cassio, but nothing will convince me that the fee is anything close to being a proxy for quality here, or that he would be any better in a low-level La Liga side. No one can convince me that Soldado, Negredo, Iago Aspas or Chimy aren’t miles ahead of strikers like Joelinton. Yet he cost 40M and I doubt all those players combined cost more than 10 million.
This is the Premier League wage bills for 2019/20. If you subtract the wages from spending limits, the remaining is the maximum they can spend on transfers. You’ll see immediately that some teams have exceeded their limits with wages alone, before even considering transfers.
Also, an argument can be made that if La Liga’s stringent salary cap rules are introduced in the Premier League, they will face the same issues Barca and Real Madrid are facing right now.
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