The Premier League has always marketed itself as the ‘best league in the world’. It has the best players, the best stadia and the best fans.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seemed to toe the line recently when he claimed that all the best attackers play in the English top flight.
“We have all the best attacking players in the Premier League,” the Frenchman said in September. ”The clubs here have huge financial potential and offensive power. All the best players play here."
It was a massive statement from Wenger, and one that is unlikely to have agreed upon by those who know that football exists outside of the Premier League.
On Tuesday evening, Wenger and all those who agree with his opinion were proved wrong yet again. The world’s two best players lined up against each other at Old Trafford in Manchester, and neither plays in England.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi were in action as Portugal took on Argentina in a friendly international.
Although neither player scored or played particularly well, there would hardly be anyone who would claim that there is any footballer better than the duo.