If you were to rate the popularity and strength of ┬áthe five major football leagues in Europe, where would French’s Ligue 1 fall in the order?

Honestly, on the bottom of the list. The reason for this, is because the league only contains one high-profile club for fans within France and across the world and that’s Paris Saint-Germain. The only two that come close but yet remain a distance from popularity are Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille who don’t carry much high-profile talent than Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. Marseille haven’t had a world-class player since Didier Drogba.

PSG on the other hand have a starting lineup that include at least 6 world class players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edison Cavani, Angel Di Maria, David Luiz, Marco Verrati, and Thiago Silva. The rest of the roster includes a variety of players who don’t make world class hype but are first-team ready in any squad.

In light of the recent terrorist attack in Paris, that may soon be a reality.

Only a few days after the attack, a rumor came about that Edison Cavani and David Luiz expressed a desire to leave the club. Although no concrete report has come up that’s credible, you can’t blame any player on PSG for thinking about their safety. More importantly, those players who families live near them in Paris are at risk. That is something many players won’t put to chance on the security of the country post terrorist attack.

So what does that mean for the future of French football? Can it bring a strong influx of world-class players? More importantly, can they keep them coming in rather than going out?

PSG will always bring stars in because of the brand, but even so, it doesn’t just take muscles and outstanding running ability to play the game. The game of football is almost 100% mental. To calculate running distance, shot power, curves, angles, speed, precision, ball speed, and overall control of the game takes great mental skill from 22 players on a field. Furthermore, PSG is paying for talent that can be that 100% mental effort, which is why they have a successful brand. For the other French clubs, they’re competing for signatures, but they aren’t always successful. Coupling that with the recent attacks, the ability for lower clubs to get world-class players diminishes.

There is no doubt that Ligue 1 will continue to be a great league to play in despite its strength and popularity. It rivals the other European league giants no matter where it ranks because not all superstar players go to the big name clubs like Manchester United, or Bayern Munich, F.C Barcelona, and Juventus. It is common for big name clubs to search lower tier clubs for future stars. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great example, as he was brought in from Sporting Libson in Portugal to Manchester United. In a few short years, he was the best player in football, moving on to Spain with mega club Real Madrid and became even more of a star. By argument against obviously Lionel Messi he is considered the best. Over the summer transfer window earlier this year PSG put in an outstanding offer for the player. There is no doubt the allure for Paris and football superstardom catches the eye of Ronaldo, but it may not now.

Until football players feel safe and secure, Ligue 1 will have to go through some long stretches of drought in transfer marketability before it can become as great as it was. Again, despite its lower attraction to the other European leagues, France was and can still be a stage for stars to make their names. Let’s hope it will become as such.

Dillon Davis-Tirado covers the NFL, NBA, MLB, Soccer, and Gaming for MFST. Follow him on Twitter @thedavistirado.

 


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