Liverpool, Man Utd, Real Madrid: Combined table of Europe’s top five leagues in 2021/22

Man City win the Premier League.

Europe’s top five leagues are officially done and dusted for the 2021/22 season.

Manchester City survived a final day wobble to pip Liverpool to Premier League glory, while Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich asserted their dominance over Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga.

Real Madrid regained the La Liga crown from their city rivals with a 13-point advantage over Barcelona and AC Milan ended their 11-year wait for Scudetto gold by holding off Inter’s charge.

European football in 2021/22

All in all, it was an entertaining season across the continent with many of England, Spain, France, Italy and Germany’s top performers also going on to thrive in the Champions League.

However, it’s one thing for Europe’s top sides to compete in a knockout tournaments and it’s another thing to imagine what would happen if all five divisions were merged into one.

Naturally, it’s nothing more than a pipe dream in reality with even the utter silliness of a European Super League not going that far, but let’s not pretend as though it’s not fun to imagine.

And although we sadly don’t access to the parallel universe in which this chaos actually happens, the closest we can come to picturing a combined European league comes through FBref.

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Metz – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – May 21, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Marquinhos lifts the trophy and celebrates with team members after winning Ligue 1 REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Combined table of Europe’s top five leagues

That’s because the data experts satisfy our intrigue throughout the year by compiling a fascinating league table where the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 are all merged into one.

With points per game used as the executive statistic in order not to give the German clubs an unfair advantage, the end result makes for an engrossing ranking of Europe’s top clubs in 2021/22.

So, now that the current season has drawn its curtains, it’d be rude not to check in with FBref’s combined league table of the top five divisions to see who the true continental kings really are.

A strong performance from Premier League clubs

The Premier League reigns supreme!

There really is good reason to think that Manchester City and Liverpool are the best two teams in men’s football right now with their points-per-game of 2.45 and 2.41 respectively ruling the roost.

Bayern Munich are the best-performing club from outside of the Premier League, though only on goal difference, while Norwich City and Greuther Fürth rank as the continent’s whipping boys.

Plus, the added pressure and populace of a combined table makes for miserable reading if you’re a Manchester United fan with their team’s poor performance damningly illustrated down in 36th place.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Round of 16 Second Leg – Manchester United v Atletico Madrid – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – March 15, 2022 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts REUTERS/Phil Noble

Meanwhile, there are even more interesting comparisons to be had in Chelsea besting Barcelona, Juventus pipping Arsenal, Newcastle United outdoing Valencia and Tottenham topping Atletico Madrid.

But of all the many narratives that you can unpack, one can’t help thinking that City fans must wish that they could legitimately conquer Europe in the Champions League and not just in statistical models.

Unlucky, lads.