The alliance between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table has been very strong over the years. If asked who was going to win the league, everyone would say either Barcelona or Real Madrid. However, in the coming years there could be two more teams challenging for the title.
Currently, Barcelona sit top of the table with 46 points, while Real Madrid are behind with 41 points. However, Real Madrid are not in second place, because Atletico Madrid are surprisingly joint top of the table with Barcelona after starting the season extremely brightly. For any spanish team or football fan, it is brilliant to see another team challenging for the title, because the Barcelona - Real Madrid pairing at the top has become extremely boring.
In the past, other teams have challenged for the title and been successful. Valencia were the last team to break the alliance in the 2003-04 season where they spectacularly won the title. Valencia's past success looks far gone due to their current mountain of debt, however, their title challenging credentials could be returned to them.
Earlier this week it was announced by club president Amadeo Salvo that the debt-ridden club have had an offer from Singaporean businessman Peter Lim to buy the football club and pay off all of its debt owed to Bankia, which currently stands at around €300 million.
This not only means that Valencia would no longer have to sell their star players, but would mean that new, better players could be brought in. According to reports Lim has told Salvo that if his offer is accepted by the 15th of January, then he will immediately give the club around €40 million to spend in the January transfer window. One player the club has already identified as a top target is Manchester City's Edin Dzeko who is currently struggling to find game time with new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Valencia's debt has been a real curse. They have had to sell all their star players over the last few years. They have had to sell the likes of Juan Mata, David Silva, David Villa, Jordi Alba, Isco and Roberto Soldado in order to repay Bankia. These players could easily form a title winning team, something Valencia are hoping to do in the coming years.
The proposed takeover of Valencia is brilliant news for all La Liga fans, as it will make the team identified as 'sleeping giants' more competitive again, therefore leading to a more interesting league which could in turn bring in more viewers. Hopefully one day La Liga will be more like the Premier League where there are a range of different teams competing for the title, but for now, Atletico Madrid are the only ones capable of putting up a fight.
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