The Premier League Big 4
There may be questions whether the English Premier League is the best League in the world, in terms of the players playing there and the quality of play. However, there is not much doubt in the fact that it is easily the most lucrative and most popular domestic League in the world, with the clubs raking in millions in revenue and building global fan bases. But there were plenty of clubs in England that had already been popular in large parts of the world before the global television rights made them household names in yet unexplored parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa. The following list includes the top 4 names in the English Premier League:
Manchester United: The Red Devils are the most popular football club in the world without a shadow of a doubt with a whopping 659 million fans worldwide, 300 million of which are from Asia. Recently, Forbes magazine rated the club as the biggest sports brand, valuing the club at more than £ 2 billion. And in keeping with their off field success, United is also the most successful English club domestically, having won 19 League titles, 12 of which have come in the last 20 years since the inception of the Premier League, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 3 European Cups, as well as many other trophies. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also the most decorated British manager in history.
Liverpool: Following Manchester United, Liverpool is the second most successful English club in terms of domestic triumphs, having won the League 18 times. The club is the most successful English club in Europe, however, having won 4 European Cups and 1 UEFA Champions League title as well as the UEFA Cup or the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. However, over the last 2 decades or so, the clubs has hardly seen any success, with a trophy here and there, the most memorable being the UEFA Champions League win, coming back from 0-3 down at half time to tie the game at 3-3 and then winning on penalties.
Arsenal: Arsenal has the most number of domestic successes in English football after Manchester United and Liverpool, with 13 League titles to their name as well as 10 FA Cup triumphs. The European Cup or the UEFA Champions League has, however, eluded them so far and the club has not seen any major silverware over the last 6 years. But manager Arsene Wenger has instilled a philosophy of nurturing youngsters in the club and The Gunners have managed to bring up several world class players over the last few years from their academy.
Chelsea: Having won just 4 domestic League titles, 3 of them coming in the last 7 years, Chelsea might not be considered as a part of The Big Three right now, but with Russian oil magnate Roman Abramovic as the owner of the club, he has pumped in millions of dollars with the aim of turning Chelsea into a global powerhouse.