Man Utd legend Neville: Premier League still superior to Spanish Liga

Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists the Premier League is still superior to the Spanish Liga.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville insists the Premier League is still superior to the Spanish Liga.

Neville wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "The success of Barcelona and Real Madrid hide many of Spain’s problems. La Liga clubs owe £625million to the taxman, with Europa League quarter-finalists Atletico Madrid alone owing £129m. And five La Liga clubs have been in administration this season.

"The Premier League have had their problems, notably with Portsmouth in 2010, but the rules the League have since adopted prevent clubs running up unpaid tax bills and the League are in a far better financial state, with a fairer TV deal, than Spain where the top two clubs take most of the money.

"As for our supposed decline, English clubs have been in the Champions League final in six of the past seven years, as the table on the right shows, with the final between Manchester United and Chelsea in 2008 probably the peak of English dominance.

"Four English clubs — United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool — have reached finals. In the same time, two Italian clubs, AC Milan and Inter, have qualified for the final three times, while Barcelona have been in three finals and won them all. And Germany have had one losing finalist, Bayern Munich, in 2010."

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