Euro stars: The best players outside the Premier League

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The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, but a large number of the world's best players play don't ply their trade in England's top division.

Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 all boast some of football's top stars, the likes of Lionel Messi, Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

And in recent years, a reasonable case can be argued to that La Liga is actually the world's best league. While English teams dominated the Champions League during the late 2000s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have now established themselves as the benchmarks of European football.

Meanwhile, the Bundesliga has always been tremendously competitive, and Ligue 1 - accelerated by the wealth of PSG - is catching up fast.

So take a look at the eight best players - two from each country - that can rightly be considered the best European-based players outside the Premier League. Do you agree with our selections? Join the debate by leaving a comment below...

La Liga

Lionel Messi - Barcelona


Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid


Serie A

Wesley Sneijder - Inter Milan


Andrea Pirlo - Juventus


Ligue 1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paris St Germain


Lucas Moura - Paris St Germain



Philip Lahm - Bayern Munich


Arjen Robben - Bayern Munich


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