The statement that the Premier League is the 'best league in the world' is one that is often thrown about by pundits and fans alike across England.
But, in recent times, La Liga has emerged as a challenger for this title. How would the two leagues compare, if the best players in them went head-to-head?
In advance of any confusion, the La Liga Team of the Year was set out in a 3-4-3 formation so the adjustment of the Premier League XI has been made accordingly.
Goalkeeper - Willy Caballero (Malaga) vs David De Gea (Manchester United) Malaga's shot-stopper put in some solid performances putting in some match-winning performances, but in general it must be said that De Gea was a better all-round goalkeeper performing more consistently over the last season.
England 1 Spain 0
Defence - Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona) vs Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Probably the toughest selection in the team, I would have to go with Ferdinand, Pique and Ramos.
The experienced veterans consistently put in solid performances that out-performed the rest of the candidates.
England 2 Spain 2
Midfield - Isco (Malaga), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid) vs Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City) . Arguably Iniesta's best season so far for Barcelona makes him the only Spanish based player to make midfield. Carrick was an integral part of United's engine over the course of last season, being one of the first names on the team-sheet.
Mata and Toure were the best players at their respective clubs, also performing better than their Spanish-based opponents.
England 5 Spain 3
Attack - Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) vs Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Luis Suarez (Liverpool) . The easiest decision in the selection, the front three of the La Liga Team of the Year take preference. With 107 goals in 98 appearances between the three, they are best attacking force in the game at the moment.
England 5 Spain 6
The La Liga XI leave it late to take the victory. The added players are chosen from a matter of opinion and are open to changes.
Ferdinand, Pique, Ramos (C)
Mata, Carrick, Toure, Iniesta
Messi, Falcao, Ronaldo
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