In recent years, a shadow has been cast over the dominance of the Barclays Premier League - a name that in the eyes of many doesn't quite hold the same prestige as it used to.
Clubs such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have thrown up some serious question marks over whether England’s top tier can still perform and compete on the European stage.
Despite what people say, however, the Premier League remains the world's best league - and here's why.
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So the world's best footballer, Lionel Messi, currently plies his trade elsewhere, whilst England's top-flight lacks its own version of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Neymar.
Make no bones about it, though, the Premier League has had, currently has and always will have a plethora of raw talent. From the likes of Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past, to today’s Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero and David De Gea, one can only assume similar trends will be in store for the future.
Furthermore, look at the tendency for top quality imported players to fail. Some flourish and develop their careers beyond expectations, of course, but the Premier League is renowned for testing the world's best to the point of decline and failure.
Andriy Shevchenko, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria all hit stumbling blocks during their time in England - and they're certainly not alone on quite an extensive list.
Undeniably, Barcelona are better than Chelsea, PSG are better than Arsenal and Bayern Munich are better than Manchester City, but they're all standout teams in lesser leagues.
Perhaps this explains our poor form in the Champions League of late, yet Chelsea fans will be quick to point out that when they won Europe's elite competition back in 2012, they finished sixth domestically - a testament to the strength of the Premier League.
Upsets occur in other European leagues too, but in the Premier League, it's fast becoming a case that favourites are frequently dropping points against lesser opposition.
Bournemouth’s January capture of Roma winger Juan Iturbe reiterates the ability of lesser quality English clubs to lure signings of the highest calibre. Yohan Cabaye to Crystal Palace, Salomon Rondon to West Bromwich Albion, Yann M’Vila to Sunderland, Xherdan Shaqiri to Stoke - these are all established internationals who have chosen to wear the colours of mid-table sides, for whatever reason.
If that's not a valid excuse to spend your Saturday's watching Palace vs Stoke, then what is?
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