Despite cricket and its T20 league, the IPL, being the most popular spectator sport in India, football has always enjoyed consistent following in the country. And in last two decades, football leagues across the world have earned for themselves committed viewership, especially among a huge cross section youth.
The English Premier League has more viewership in India because of various reasons. For one, India and England share a very strong sporting relationship. Also, English is well understood in India, and it has been easy for the EPL to be marketed in India when satellite television arrived in India in the 90s.
But the Spanish football league, La Liga, has won for itself strong viewership, especially in the last 15 years or so. And that is not in the least because of the exploits of marquee names like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar (till they were part of the league), Luis Suarez, and a legion of Spanish stars like Iniesta, Xavi and Casillas.
The 2020-2021 La Liga season — known as LaLiga Santander — the 90th since its establishment, kicked off from September 12 and is scheduled to end on May 23 2021.
A total of 20 teams contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2019–20 season and three promoted from the 2019–20 Segunda División.
An interesting season on cards
The Spanish football clubs have a lot to prove this season as none of them could make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season