Fernando Torres rates the English Premier League as "more established" than Spain's La Liga
Posted: 5 October 2017 Time: 12:54
There's often debate about which is the best league between the Spanish La Liga and English Premier League.
Supporters always have strong opinions on which is best and which one boasts the best players, but a man who would know all about both leagues is Spanish striker Fernando Torres.
The 33-year-old Atletico Madrid man feels the Spanish league has some catching up to do to the Premier League which is a bit more established, but he believes they are on the right track because they are growing the La Liga brand in places such as Asia and Africa.
“I think La Liga is like 10 or 15 years back. Premier League is established, they know how to expose the brand. Everybody around the world knows about the Premier League because they did great work and I think La Liga is starting to do the same. We have probably the two most popular teams in the world and some of the best players in the world," said the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward.
“Right now everybody knows Real Madrid, Barcelona, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, [Antoine] Griezmann – the big players and the big teams. Now we have to tell everybody that La Liga is much more than that and there are many teams to support. With time, La Liga will be bigger than the Premier League. It will take time because it’s not easy."
Torres says he saw how big the Premier League is when he came to South Africa with the Spanish national team to compete in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
“To play in the Premier League gives you a huge impact around the world. I realised the importance when we [Liverpool] were away from the UK.
“We played Champions League, we played pre-season games and I went with the national team all around Europe in the qualifiers. I started to understand how big the Premier League is.
“When I was in South Africa, I saw Liverpool shirts all around, so I realised it’s a huge club around the world and that the Premier League is so big.”