As Stuart Pierce puts it, the EPL is ludicrously physical, so it's safe to say that English play football the brutal way (i.e the uncivilized way?), whilst Spanish play it the Ballet way (with the exception of Arsenal and Manchester United).
Let us do some revision.
Lionel Messi was born 1987. Played first team match for Barcelona at the age of 17. He became the youngest player to represent Argentina at a World Cup in 2006. Nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007, but lost to Kaka. Finished second behind Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or voting in 2008. On Dec 1, 2009, won Ballon d'Or.
The Spanish league, on the other hand, is shaped heavily on skills. Wingers are skillful, fullbacks are skillful, the strikers aren't necessarily powerful to win the ball, but definitely skillful enough with wonderful touch of ball that puts even the best midfielders of EPL to shame. They prefer short passing, which requires telepathic understanding between players and that certainly makes them a formidable team. Watching teams like Barcelona and even Sevilla play is really a joyful thing, compared to watching Stoke's players chasing after long balls.
|Traditional English way. Image: footy4kids.co.uk|
Furthermore, on Ronaldo, Gray added that he "would not be the player that he is today had he not played in English football". Yes I agree to a certain extend. But mind you he played for Manchester United, not Stoke City. He certainly wouldn't be the player that he is today had he not played for Manchester United in the EPL. Sir Alex nurtured him well, something which I think other managers aren't capable of.
Let's face it. If La Liga broadcasting time shifts to one that could accommodate Asian viewers, it could well attract more viewers than the EPL, provided that La Liga prepares its own English commentators-most of us don't understand Spanish, and that is one of the reasons why we watch the EPL-not that I want to.