German football is leading the way at the moment internationally, and frankly, they're showing the rest of the world how its done. But is their domestic league holding a candle to the other top divisions in the world?
Now, of course, no one can deny the amount of talent the Bundesliga has within it. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, to name a couple, are iconic names in world football.
The Ballon d'Or shortlist contains six Bundesliga players on its own, including the two behemoths of the league previously mentioned.
Joining them from the German top flight are the World Cup winners: Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer.
These are some of the best players in the world at the moment, and indeed, grace the Bundesliga, so as far as talent goes, this league is up there with the best. Be that as it may, how many of the aforementioned individuals play for any club but Bayern Munich?
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Bayern Munich's monopoly
No player from the Bundesliga on this year's Ballon d'Or shortlist plays outside of the Bayern squad and that exact reason could be the problem for German football. The top players in the league seem to end up at Bayern Munich, if another team has an upcoming talent, it is stole off them by the club from Munich.
One exception for this, however, is Marco Reus, he is one of the most promising players in world football and is set to go on to achieve greatness. Borussia Dortmund currently have Reus in their squad, but you just sense that Bayern will come knocking sooner rather than later.
Dortmund are maybe the only other outstanding team in the league, saying this, they are struggling at the moment domestically and other teams are competing with Bayern just as well if not better than last year's runners up.
You look at the other sides in the division and you can't help but feel that they are extremely average, teams like FC Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen are always tough opposition to come up against, but lack that consistency of Bayern Munich and the chemistry of Borussia Dortmund necessary to reach domestic glory at the end of the season.
Nonetheless, performances of Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim have been good overall thus far and if they continue to pull off results week after week, they may surprise a few. But, really, is there any doubt that Bayern Munich will win the league?
Lack of competition
The way things are going, they will continue to lift the trophy at the end of the season, year after year, unless the competition steps up their game.
So, just as people feared, the Bundesliga looks like it is evolving into a one horse race, no other team but Bayern have won the league since the 2011-2012 season.
They eased their way to domestic glory last year, winning the division by a nineteen point margin and the way things are looking, you wouldn't bet on that margin increasing this time around.
Therefore, i just don't see the Bundesliga as one of the best leagues in the world, as mentioned, in terms of talent its undeniably good, but in terms of a competition, well it just isn't much of one.