The two best leagues in the world, with some of the best footballers on planet Earth.
The Premier League and La Liga have consistently been the home to Europe’s biggest clubs and best players, garnering interest from around the world from fans and media alike.
So could you imagine an all-star game between the two leagues?
Now, I want to make it clear that I haven’t just selected the best eleven players from the league because the likelihood is that I would only then have a maximum of six or seven clubs represented out of 40.
Players such as Sadio Mane, Paul Pogba, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sergio Aguero, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Thiago Silva have been left out of the Premier League side. While all could come into the team and be able to keep the level of the side as high, I wanted a better representation of the league as a whole.
The same can be said for the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Ferland Mendy, Frenkie De Jong and Pau Torres in La Liga.
So with that out of the way, lets break this game down.
In goal, you have arguably the two best goalkeepers in the world. Jan Oblak has proven over the years that he is the most reliable shot stopper in the land with 149 clean sheets in 274 appearances for Atletico Madrid. Alisson on the other hand has shone for Liverpool between the sticks, helping to elevate the team to a level that saw them win the Champions League and Premier League during his time there.
In defence, Dani Carvajal has been seen as one of the best right-backs of his generation. The Spain international has great pace, passing and aerially competent. But he is also the perfect modern full-back, in that he is just as effective going forward as he is defensively. At left-back, the pacey Jose Gaya gets the nod due to his attacking threat being able to provide width on the wing.
Ricardo Pereira is very similar in that regard. The Portuguese international has stepped up to a higher level with Leicester and performed to a fantastic standard, before he picked up a serious knee injury last season. While he’s not as good going forward as someone like Trent, defensively he is more than capable of matching Carvajal and therefore is a perfect pick for the Premier League team. At left back, Andrew Robertson is the obvious and only pick that can be made.
In central defence, La Liga has a mixture of present and future talents. Sergio Ramos is without a doubt one of the best defenders of his generation, who is also a threat in the opposition box. Athletically he is a specimen, while also being blessed with a very high football IQ as well as extraordinary technique.
Alongside him you have Jules Kounde’s, Sevilla’s new star defender. The young Frenchman has made a great impression over the last 18 months, helping his side to win the Europa League in August. Much like Ramos, he is physically blessed but is also excellent in the air and with the ball at his feet. Together they would form a formidable partnership.
For the Premier League XI, you have the world’s best defender in Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutchman is the most complete defender in world football today and alongside him is Aymeric Laporte. The French central defender had his development in Bilbao with Athletic Club and became one of the best ball-playing centre halves in Europe before joining Manchester City. Together they have the perfect blend to hold off any attack.
In midfield, there is a perfect blend of playmaking, goalscoring and defending.
The Premier League XI have the running ability of Thomas Partey meaning he can cover plenty of ground, but he is also extremely gifted at the defensive aspect of the game. Having come from Atletico Madrid last summer, he knows what it’s like to play against La Liga’s best and has the skillset to defend and sit deep.
Tanguy Ndombele and Kevin De Bruyne ahead of him offer a fantastic passing range, excellent press resistance and the ability to play several different styles and roles. It’s arguably a perfectly balanced midfield three.
They’ll go up against a double pivot in Spain, with the best defensive midfielder in the world and one of the most complete and versatile central midfielders in Europe.
Casemiro always performs at his best in big games, against the best players. His aggression and bite in the tackle make him stand out, but he also reads the game very well and distributes the ball well from deep areas to get attacks started. Alongside him will be Saul Niguez, who can do absolutely anything asked of him. Whether he sits beside Casemiro deep, or drives forward to join the attacks he is almost certain to be effective in a positive way.
In attack is where it gets super interesting. The Premier League will have two of the best goalscorers in Europe in Mohammed Salah and Harry Kane, while silky playmaker Jack Grealish will join them from the left.
They have pace, clinical finishing, great link up play and a complete variety of threats to make a very attractive front line that will no doubt cause the La Liga side trouble.
La Liga’s attack however is littered with goals and creativity from all angles. Lionel Messi is the heartbeat and little needs to be said about what he can offer the side. With Karim Benzema ahead of him and Joao Felix beside him, the team has plenty of creativity and goal threat, while Mikel Oyarzabal provides width and lightning pace out on the flank while also possessing a goal threat of his own.
With the teams as they are, I think it’s hard to look past the Premier League side. While La Liga have more than enough quality to do well, the Premier League have that little bit more about them.
A physical midfield battle would likely be won by the Premier League side and with the variation in attack with plenty of rotation possible, I think the English league takes the victory in a game full of goals.