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Why Ronaldo’s Goal Scoring Achievements Show that the Premier League is Better than La Liga

53 Goal Season: An amazing feat but would it have been possible in any other League or if he was playing for any other team?

 

During Real Madrid’s 8-1 domination of Almeria on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record set for most goals in a Primera Division season set by Madrid player Hugo Sanchez in the 1989/90 season, and Athletic Bilbao legend Temlo Zarra in the 1959/60 season of 39 goals. His 40th La Liga goal of the season was a typical driving run through the midfield before slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner from just outside the box – the type of goal we have become accustomed to from Ronaldo and his Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi.

But as much as watching the world’s two best players fight it out for a golden boot race that is almost more interesting than the title race itself – it unfortunately shows the gaping hole between the English and Spanish Leagues. Barcelona and Real Madrid have been the two best clubs in the world this season containing the two best players in the globe. The players in these two teams and the football that they play gives many people the opinion that the Spanish La Liga is the best league in the world. But if these two giants of world football played in the Premier League we would most certainly not see the dominance that these clubs enjoy in their own country.

They would probably still win their titles but wouldn’t be scoring 6 goals every three games. The reason they can is because the other 18 teams in La Liga are so poor – which is the reality of the Spanish first division. You turn on the TV and if it’s Barcelona or Madrid you watch because you like watching absolute displays of football class and masses of goals. If its any other of the teams though, you look for something else.

The defenses on every other team lay it on a plate for the big two’s dominance. Ronaldo’s record breaking goal was case and point. There were 5 defenders that ended up surrounding the winger but none of them affected his run in any way and gave him time to shoot. He would have been closed down much quicker if he was playing Stoke, Bolton or Newcastle and it probably wouldn’t have been a goal.

The league itself in Spain is no where near the quality of the Premier League. There is only two teams in the title race and Barcelona had pretty much won before the season had started. In England, there were 5 teams still in it in December. The rest of the teams in La Liga have one or two good players but the quality of football is much lower. 14th place Levante would get beaten by Blackburn, 14th in the Premier League, 5 out of the 7 days of the week. Same goes for pretty much every position below 2nd.

That’s the reason why the Premier League is much further ahead than La Liga. You get quality football in most games in England, not just when the top two are playing. Even Messi, gradually becoming the best player ever would struggle to score 35 goals let alone 40 that Ronaldo breezed his way to against Primera backlines.

But unfortunately, Barcelona will beat Manchester United at Wembley and it’s just another reason why people will say that La Liga is a better competition than the Premier League.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Gado

    22 May, 2011 at 06:24

    Where were you when those macthes took place? Seville 4 – 0 m.bro. Ath. Madrid 3 – 0 Tothinham villareal 4 – 1 bolton. Real betis 3 – 0 man city. Barcelona 2 – 0 man utd. Barcelona 5 – 1 Arsernal . Real madrid 3 – 1 man. Utd. Real madrid 2 – 0 man utd. Real madrid 4 – 0 tothinham. To mention but a few. Do not be biased la liga is the best leagea in the world.

  2. Sakib

    22 May, 2011 at 07:03

    Try and watch teams like Valencia, Villareal, sevilla, Atletico madrid , Atletic bilbao week in week out. you’ll realize What a high level of technical quality they possess. Only the last two seasons have been freakish. real & barca are playing at a level no team in the world can reach. La Liga is a two horse race not because the other 18 teams are crap. You can be rest assured.

  3. only1shelly

    22 May, 2011 at 13:58

    Teams adapt to the league in which they play….. If technical and tight is correct for Spain and strength and running game is correct for England then this is how teams will setup and prioritise player type. The idea of one league being stronger than another is a non issue. It’s true that la liga is polarised in terms of team quality but surely we should be talking about entertainment as vote to determine quality….. On the discussion on Ronaldo, he has benefitted from the pace, strength of epl, the experience of int football, the tactics of champions league and his obvious own talent….. Rolled up, this would have been devastating in any league especially a physically fragile one.

  4. Liam

    22 May, 2011 at 14:20

    Gado.. Liverpool 4-0 real madrid, real madrid 0-1 Liverpool, barcelona 1-2 liverpool, man utd 1-0 barcelona, arsenal 2-1 barcelona, real madrid 0-1 arsenal. it doesn’t make la liga better because they can beat mediocre teams like Bolton and Middlesbrough and you’re going back nearly 10 years for some of those games like Real Madrid-Man Utd.

  5. only1shelly

    22 May, 2011 at 14:39

    Barcelona are an anomaly, if you remove them from la liga then you are left with an incredibly average league. Ronaldo thrives on this. not sure why head to head results are that helpful in this discussion?

  6. Walexina

    22 May, 2011 at 20:21

    Who told u that Barcelona wld defeat Man Utd?,don’t be too forward by saying wat’s not.Dere’s no impossibility in futbal.Anytin can happen.

  7. La Liga

    22 May, 2011 at 21:00

    “Barcelona are an anomaly, if you remove them from la liga then you are left with an incredibly average league.” LMAO If that’s what you would call an incredibly average then I wonder what you would call the Bpl – even WITHOUT removing any teams? 😀

  8. kabuua alex

    22 May, 2011 at 21:36

    If Barca r playing in premier league i’ll let u assured thy can’t mak it wit that kind of futbal.gd futbal bt wit team like stoke,blackburn,wolve n de rest aaaha lots of injuries wld affect them

  9. MuFc-OwNZ

    23 May, 2011 at 04:41

    LA LIGA IS SHITE ONLY 2 TEAMS ARE CAPEABLE OF WINNING THE LEAGUE IN ENGLAND THERES MAN U , CHELSEA , ARSENAL , LIVERPOOL, MAN CITY , SPURS , THATS ARR TOP 5 AND THEY ALL ARE GREAT BUT IM A UNITED FAN BUT THE LEAGUE IS SO CLOSE EVEN THE UNDER DOGS BEAT THE BEST THATS WHAT ITS LIKE SO IR YOU DNT AGREE YOU OBVIOUSLY DNT UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH GAME

  10. Tink

    19 July, 2011 at 16:26

    I think they dominate because they are so good, Valencia and Villarreal are both very good teams as well.

    How much does it say about the Premier League that Man UTD won it without ever really getting out of third gear? How many times this season after UTD, Chelsea, and Arsenal games say they didn’t play well but they got the result.

    People say La Liga can only be won by two teams, but I ask these people when was the last time someone other than UTD or Chelsea won the premiership? 2004 the same time someone other than Madrid or Barca won the Spanish League.

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