Sports editor Mark Lea’s column: Goals galore and all the top players in world’s best league

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The wait is almost over for the start of another season in the best league in the world.

It promises to be extra-special again with more big-money signings adding to the drama which we can all enjoy every weekend thanks to Sky Sports’ superb coverage.

Yes, La Liga is back a week on Saturday – and it’s not all about two big clubs.

Of course you would expect to hear Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale describe the Spanish top flight as the most exciting league and home to the world’s top players.

Equally it’s not exactly a surprise that the Wales international describes the English Premier League as a “great league” but says it is “great to be involved” in Spain.

Bale – who settled in very well and played a key role last season – won the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his first year at Real Madrid after his world-record £85m move from Tottenham Hotspur.

The forward line of Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and newly-signed Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez must be the best around.

But there is a guarantee of goals galore at Barcelona too with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez (when he is not banned, obviously).

Probably the biggest story of any league in the world last year was the title success of Atletico Madrid, as well as how very close they came to being crowned champions of Europe until their city rivals secured ‘La Decima’.

Although the dominance of the national team ended this summer, Spain can still boast so many top-class players and club sides which make La Liga absolutely thrilling to watch.

And the coverage is so much better than we get from the Premier League as well.

The best football show on TV is Revista De La Liga – weekly highlights where journalists and former players speak with authority and don’t feel the need to spout cliches.

Spain has the best teams, players and pundits.