Spanish Inquisition: The Rest Of The Best
For some time now, England’s Premier League has largely been hailed as the best in the world, with a large number of the planet’s greatest football talents seeking English clubs to showcase their athleticism. The English game is a fast-paced physical affair that is altogether entertaining, but the hierarchy has, for the most part, remained the same, with the 'Big Four' — Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United — being counted on to take home the trophies at the end of the year.
This year, all signs seem to point to Manchester City joining the ranks of the elite, with players like Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure and Carlos Tevez finding big money too attractive to pass up, pushing the English elite to five teams.
In Spain, there are two giants that tend to lord over the rest: Real Madrid and Barcelona. These clubs have been and will always be historic organisations in the world of football, and by the same token, have always employed some of the world’s most dazzling players.
But in recent seasons, a number of other Spanish sides have been slowly building up their rosters, both through youth development and player acquisitions, and with this diaspora of talent coupled with the highly technical and flashy style that characterises La Liga, the Iberian Peninsula has become a more and more attractive destination for the world’s most talented players.
In past years, these teams were called the 'Best of the Rest' - clearly in the backseat behind drivers Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, this season, these teams could very well have progressed toward becoming the 'Rest of the Best'.