Updated: April 14, 2023Published: January 19, 2023
What is the ONE similarity between Spain and England? (And it’s not that both countries are European).
The correct answer is that both countries have the best football in the world. I am not exagerating! If you love football, I bet one of these championships is part of your yearly priorities.
It doesn’t matter if it’s LaLiga or the Premier League; I bet you go out of your way to watch any of their games. There is obvious competition between both championships, but which of them is the best?
The idea of this article is to establish ONE winner.
Some might not like the answer, but I have chosen objective metrics and precise data that point to one winner.
So, let the best player win!
1. Compared Revenue Between LaLiga and Premier League
The English Premier League and La Liga are two of the best football competitions worldwide; many people watch, buy, talk, and dream about the teams in each championship.
We all know that football is about passion and love for the sport. And the more hearts each championship attracts, the more revenue!
So, who earns the most in La Liga or the Premier League?
In the most recent season, the English Premier League generated $6.2 billion (€5.7), while LaLiga made $3.5 billion (€3.2). This means that the EPL earns almost double what the Spanish championship generates.
2. Average Match Attendance Between LaLiga and Premier League
The last metric might give a pretty clear clue on this one. What championship has the highest match attendance, LaLiga or the Premier league?
According to Statista, LaLiga got an average matchday attendance of 22,972 fans last season. Impressive? Yes! But not enough. The Premier League got an average attendance of 39,632 people. The English championship almost duplicated the attendance of 2020 and sent the Bundesliga to the third position after losing nearly half of their matchday fans.
3. TV Viewership
Even though online platforms like Twitch or Twitter have taken over live football. Some people will always keep their perspective the same; TV will be their to-go medium to enjoy something.
So, in this last season, the EPL got approximately 600 million fans in their stadiums, while LaLiga got a viewership of 300 million.
Premier League 2- LaLiga 0
4. UEFA Coefficients
For those out there who are not 100% what a UEFA coefficient means, pay attention!
The UEFA coefficient is a statistic that ranks teams and countries. So, how do you calculate this coefficient?
The organization has to “divide the number of points obtained by the total number of clubs representing an association in that season’s club competitions.”
And the results are similar to the previous metrics we have just seen. England comes out first with sixteen points, Germany comes second with thirteen points, and Spain qualifies third with twelve points.
5. Which is the most competitive championship, the Premier League or LaLiga?
Even though both championships are the most popular in Europe, one stands out for being more competitive.
So, to analyze competitiveness, we will dive into the teams that have won the titles since the foundational year of each competition.
Since 1929, only three teams have dominated the field in LaLiga matches, especially in the past twenty years: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Atletico de Madrid. Real Madrid has won thirty-five titles (35!) and twenty-four times as sub-champions.
Likewise, FC Barcelona has won twenty-six titles and twenty-seven subtitles. At the same time, Atletico de Madrid has won the last two eleven times.
So, in approximately 90 years, 72 have been dominated by the same three teams.
“Honestly, I prefer the Premier. Don’t take me wrong, I am a fan of Spanish football, but PL is more competitive! It doesn’t matter if your team has more money or the best international players. Anyone still has a chance to win… and that is exciting”. - Sebastián (Ream Madrid fan), 27 years old.
On the other hand, since 1992, seven different teams have won the Premier League. So, in a shorter period, more teams have been able to compete against each other and dethrone the previous champion.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City, and Liverpool. Although Manchester City has won thirteen in the past thirty-one years since its foundation, the title has rotated with six other teams, such as Manchester City and Chelsea, which have six and five titles each.
Can we agree that the teams in the EPL are more competitive? Well, the numbers have spoken. That doesn’t mean that Spanish teams won’t surprise us soon!
6. Average UEFA Titles from Between LaLiga and Premier League
Ready for a plot twist?
More Spanish teams have won the UEFA than English clubs. The previous metrics would have indicated the opposite in this one, but Spain has 19 UEFA Champions League titles.
Again, the same three teams have dominated the European cup, with Real Madrid taking fifteen cups home (leaving the other 5 for FC Barcelona).
On the other hand, England has taken home fourteen titles. But with more teams on the list. Liverpool has won six, Manchester United three, Chelsea two, Nottingham Forest two, and Aston Villa one. Again we can see the competitiveness of the English teams!
7. Which league sells more TV rights?
Okay, we have talked about general revenue and TV viewership, but what about revenue solely from television?
LaLiga made $1.5 billion (€1.39 billion) between its twenty teams. And a third of that goes to the top three teams, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Atletico de Madrid.
On the other hand, EPL made $3.1 billion (€2.87 billion) in TV revenue. Almost three times as much as LaLiga!
However, the difference is that the money is more evenly distributed between the PL ‘Big Six’ and the rest.
8. Average salary of players in LaLiga and the Premier League
An average football player in the Premier League earns more than $3.6 million annually, with Machester City’s Cristiano Ronaldo earning $30 million annually!
In LaLiga, the average player earns an annual salary of $2 million, with Gerard Pique being one of the best-paid players, earning $29 million yearly.
The numbers are super close, but EPL keeps the lead.
9. Average Goals per Game Between LaLiga and Premier League
Now, this is a crucial metric. Besides a great team dynamic, goals give the team the desired titles.
So, what are the average goals per game in LaLiga and the Premier League?
LaLiga has an average of 2.86 goals per game, while the Premier League clubs score an average of 2.74. Spain takes the lead in this metric!
And the match is over! And there is one clear winner according to these eight metrics: the English Premier League.
Do Spanish people agree with this statement? Let’s see:
Inigo Navarro is a seasoned travel writer with a deep understanding of Spain's cities, culture, people and language. Born and raised in Spain, he has spent years exploring the country and is currently one of the most-read Travel Bloggers about Spain. Inigo is also an experienced digital marketer, a father to 4 beautiful children and a huge Real Madrid Fan. ¡Hala Madrid!