Our record signing Mesut Özil has subtly criticised some of Europe’s top leagues, including Spanish top flight La Liga – where he plied his trade with Real Madrid.
The German international has been talking up the Premier League, and insists it is the best league in the world. He insists that the competition within the league is what makes it so superb, which is not something you experience in Spain or Germany.
“I would recommend any player to come to England. The Premier League is the best league in the world. Here there are not only two teams fighting for the title but three or four and every team can beat any other team,” Özil said, as quoted by German publication Bild.
La Liga is almost always a straight shoot-out between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid occasionally having their say. The teams in and around the top of the league are almost always the same as well, which often leads to an unexciting end to the season.
It’s arguably even worse in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich all but guaranteed the title year in, year out. Borussia Dortmund have challenged in the past, but this season saw a collapse at the Westfalenstadion, and it may take them a while to recover.
Bayer Munich and Real Madrid are unquestionably two of the finest teams in football, but they are competing in inferior leagues. Özil is right to criticise them, and it a small wonder so many footballers want to come to the Premier League.