Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Most Represented Leagues At The World Cup

main1.jpg

Some footballers are ceaselessly dubbed ‘mercenaries’. And save for trigger-happy Faustino Asprilla perhaps, it’s normally on account of their nomadic club-hopping than experience raiding Central American villages with an AK-47.

Inevitably then, with more and more of the planet's best footballers moving from their native lands and into the world’s major leagues, every passing World Cup event brings with it something of a footballing diaspora. And it’s no exception with this one.

Delving into the league backgrounds of players over at the 2014 World Cup, this infographic from The Missing Graph throws up some brilliant findings, like, for instance, 120 of players in this year's tournament earn their wages in England. Amazingly, that’s nearly one in six.

The biggest surprise, however, might be how massively under-represented the Brazilian leagues are, boasting just four men in the tournament despite it being on home soil, surely making it one of the poorest ratios for home-based players for any host nation in World Cup history.

Scan over the rest of the findings, below:

___________________________________________________________

Related

nike.jpg

Nike's Latest World Cup Ad

z.jpg

Beautiful Animation Of World Cup Goals

world-cup-hot-dogs.jpg

The World Cup hot dogs

main2.jpg

Ace World Cup Typography Posters

joecole.jpg

Joe Cole's Top 5 World Cup Moments

hero1.jpg

A Visual History of World Cup Final Stadiums

Comments

More

BT Sport is about to start showing live games of FIFA 17

Would you tune in to watch the FIFA pros?

by Alex Finnis
23 Feb 2017

Morrisons want Sutton's Wayne Shaw as an official pie-taster

This was inevitable

by Alex Finnis
21 Feb 2017

Sutton United's Wayne Shaw resigns over pie-eating betrayal of footbal

Is nothing pure?

by Sam Diss
21 Feb 2017

The original green Power Ranger wants to fight CM Punk

Would watch

21 Feb 2017

Arsenal have a tiny dressing room at Sutton away

by Alex Finnis
20 Feb 2017

Liverpool FC ban The Sun journalists from Anfield

A full Sun shun

by Gary Ogden
10 Feb 2017

Five football club badges reimagined for the corporate era

Embrace the prawn sandwiches guys, embrace them

26 Jan 2017

Usain Bolt loses Olympic Gold after teammate's doping conviction

The sprinter's 'triple treble' is no more

25 Jan 2017

How Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick changed my life

22 years to the day, one writer muses over that infamous night at Selhurst Park

by Dave Fawbert
24 Jan 2017

Senegal goalkeeper pulls the most ridiculous time-wasting trick ever

That's one way to kill a few seconds

by Dave Fawbert
24 Jan 2017