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The best leagues in the world - Part five

The Eredivisie and the MLS narrowly miss out on fifth place. France’s Ligue 1 completes the top 5. A league which has seen Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho fight it out for their respective teams. Young starlets such as Eden Hazard have been lighting up the league which sees Montpellier sit top of the tree.

NAME: Ligue 1

RANKING: #5

COUNTRY: France

NUMBER OF TEAMS: 20

BEST THREE PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Eden Hazard – Lille – 16 goals – 15 assists

2. Javier Pastore – Paris Saint Germain – 9 goals – 4 assists

3. Olivier Giroud – Montpellier – 22 goals – 8 assists

CURRENT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Lille – 3 time champions – Manager: Rudi Garcia

LIKELY LEAGUE WINNERS THIS SEASON

Montpellier – 1st – 69 points – Rene Girard

Paris Saint Germain – 2nd – 64 points – Carlo Ancelotti

Lille – 3rd – 62 points – Rudi Garcia

BEST THREE CLUBS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Paris Saint Germain – 2nd – Carlo Ancelotti

2. Montpellier – 1st – Rene Girard

3. Lille – 3rd – Rudi Garcia

MAIN STRENGTHS

• Close title battles

• Montpellier surprise package

• Young stars

• Eden Hazard

• Relegation scraps tight on points

WEAKNESSES

• Defensive strategies

• Old Lyon domination

• Paris Saint Germain spending

• Failure in European competitions

MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYERS

1. Javier Pastore – Palermo to Paris Saint Germain - £37,000,000

2. Nicolas Anelka – Real Madrid to Paris Saint Germain - £30,000,000

3. Lisandro Lopez – Porto to Lyon - £21,000,000

BEST HOME GROWN PLAYERS

1. Zinedine Zidane – Cannes and Bordeaux – 48 goals

2. Thierry Henry – Monaco – 37 goals

3. Lilian Thuram – Monaco – 8 goals

BEST UP AND COMING PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Eden Hazard – Lille – 16 goals – 15 assists – 21 years old

2. Yann M’Villa – Rennes – 0 goals – 2 assists – 21 years old

3. Andre Ayew – Marseille – 12 goals – 1 assist – 22 years old

Be sure to check out the upcoming leagues including the MLS, Norwegian league and the Welsh Premier Division.

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By Marcus Banks


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