Leicester City became the sixth club to ever win the Premier League back in May as Claudio Ranieri guided the East Midlands club to a shock title. Leicester’s football odds to win the league were an incredible 5000/1 at the start of the season.
The Foxes joined Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City to have been crowned champions of what many consider to be the most-exciting league in the world.
Others argue Spain’s La Liga where Real Madrid currently have a six-point lead over the rest of the field and where both they and Barcelona have combined to win 19 of the previous 24 titles since 1992 when the Premier League was formed.
During the same period, Spanish teams have been the most successful in the UEFA Champions League – Europe’s elite club cup competition, winning it on nine occasions. That’s Real Madrid five times and Barcelona four.
Despite the success of these two huge footballing giants, the Premier League boasts both the highest television viewers across the world and the highest television rights.
The Premier League secured an incredible £5.14 billion deal over three years in February 2015 that kicked off this season. The 20 teams in this season’s Premier League are to land a windfall of cash.
13 clubs in England’s top flight even broke their transfer record in the summer to show how significant the new TV deal is worth and how important club owners know it is to stay in the Premier league for the next three years at least.
Last season’s Championship winners Burnley splashed out on £10.5 million on Jeff Hendrick from Derby County, whilst Bournemouth paid a staggering £15.3 million for former-Derby loanee Jordon Ibe. The winger arrived from Liverpool with 41 appearances to his name but only one Premier League goal and three assists. Simply put, transfer fees really don’t mean much at all to clubs in the English top flight any more.
In Germany there are few clubs with such spending power, but one club that do is Bayern Munich. With significant money splashed out on the likes of Manuel Neuer, Renato Sanches and Douglas Costa in recent seasons, the Bavarians are expected to extend their number of Bundesliga titles over the coming years.
Since the formation of the Premier League back in 1992, Bayern Munich have been champions of Germany 14 times. In comparison, Manchester United have won the Premier League 13 times, Barcelona have won La Liga 12 times, Real Madrid seven, and Juventus have been top of the Italian pile 10 times during this period.
Paris Saint-Germain have won the French league five times since 1992 and Lyon seven times. Ligue 1 can actually boast the biggest variety of champions since the Premier League started with 10 in all. This includes Nantes in 1994-05, Auxerre in 1995-96, and RC Lens in 1997-98.
In comparison, Germany has seen six different champions like England, whilst Spain and Italy have only had five different clubs lift their crowns over the past 24 seasons.
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