Football as a sport is awash with money in the current day, with most of the leagues in Europe known for their riches and wealth as seen by their earnings on a yearly basis. However, which is the richest league in the world? Here, we take a look at the five richest leagues in the world.
1. Premier League - €8.5bn
Considered by many to be the most exciting league in the world, the Premier League not surprisingly is the most valuable football league in the world. Clubs in England are known to be some of the richest in the sport and their reach and popularity ensures that they receives large amount of payments from broadcasters and sponsorship.
2. LaLiga - €5.2bn
The difference in the value between LaLiga and the Premier League goes to show the gulf in money that they receive from broadcasters, though there has been no doubt that the best players of the world in the past decade have plied their trade in Spain. It will be interesting to see whether the league's value increases in the future.
3. Serie A - €5bn
Not far behind LaLiga, lies the Serie A - with the league undergoing a rejuvenation of sorts following their decline in the past decade. From the 1980's to the early 2000's, the best players in the world were in Italy and they have turned the tide in certain respects especially with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the recent past.
4. Bundesliga - €4.3bn
Despite attracting large crowds and audiences, the Bundesliga comes fourth in the list, with the money present still not at par with the other leagues above them. In Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund they have two clubs who are looked upto in terms of structure and organisation and will look to move up in terms of value in the near future.
5. Ligue 1 - €3.2bn
Not considered to be the most competitive league in Europe, there is no doubt that Paris Saint-Germain's domestic domination has hurt it's image among the general public. Despite this, France is known to churn out amazing talent on a regular basis, with their youth development programs some of the best in the world.