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Premier League vs La Liga vs Champions League

Published: 1 Jun 2017

With the help of Google News Lab, we find out which is bigger.

Saturday’s Champions League final sees Real Madrid facing Juventus, so it is now five seasons since a Premier League side made it to the final.

But is the Premier League still the bigger competition?

Many argue that the Premier League is the best league in the world. There are many reasons to support this view, as despite a recent absence of European success, it still attracts the best players in the world, such as Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who joined Manchester United last summer.

Brendan Rodgers famously played a weakened side away to Real Madrid as he had what he believed to be a bigger Premier League game against Chelsea at the weekend. He received plenty of criticism but in his eyes, the Premier League was the more important competition.

On the other hand, people may argue that La Liga is the biggest competition with football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona going head-to-head for the title.

Including this season’s Champions League final, six of the last eight finalists were from La Liga, with Juventus being the only side from outside of Spain to make it to the final

The fact that 16 Champions League winners and 11 runners-up come from Spain compared to 12 winners and 7 runners-up from England, suggests that Real Madrid and Barcelona's dominance makes La Liga the bigger league.  

However, according to Google Trends, the Premier League is still the bigger competition this season.

La Liga reached its peak popularity between the 23rd and 29th April, where Lionel Messi's late winner gave Barcelona a victory in El Clasico whereas the Premier League was regularly the more searched term.

Interestingly, adding the UEFA Champions League into the mix, makes for fascinating reading.

For the majority of the time, interest in the Champions League has been less than in the Premier League. However once the knockout stages begun in February, interest in the Champions League was greater than both the Premier League and La Liga. This interest peaked during the week of the second legs of the quarter-finals between the 16th and 22nd April.

Football is a worldwide sport, all three competitions are huge brands known all over the world with Europe's top sides often spending much of Pre-season in Asia and North America in an attempt to widen their fanbase. 

When it comes to worldwide interest, North America favours the Premier League while South America has a stronger interest in La Liga, which makes sense as many of La Liga's star originate from South America, including Lionel Messi and Neymar. 

Asia shows more interest in the Premier League and Africa is divided between Spain and England's primary competitions. 

Across much of Europe, the Champions League dominates outside of England and Spain, but Scandinavia shows more interest in the Premier League.

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