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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane recently slammed the notion of the English top flight being the best in the world, saying clubs have fallen behind the best in Europe

Is the Premier League the best in the world, as claimed by many? Not according to Roy Keane.

The outspoken former Manchester United captain dismissed that notion last week while doing punditry for ITV, after the Red Devils' shock 2-0 away loss to Olympiakos in their Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie.

"I think we’ve been brainwashed by the [idea that] the Premier League is the best league in the world. Nonsense," he declared.

"It’s the best brand, but we’ve seen over the last few weeks with a lot of the English teams struggling that these teams have fallen behind the top teams in Europe, and United in particular."

With none of the English sides winning their first-leg ties - Arsenal and Manchester City both lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively at home, while Chelsea drew 1-1 away with Galatasaray - it would seem that there is some justification to Keane's comments. Furthermore, there is no doubting the rise of Spanish and German clubs, with Barcelona and Real Madrid comprising last season's semi-finalists with Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.

But the majority of Goal Singapore readers disagreed with Keane - partially - with 48.3% believing that the Premier League is still the best in terms of excitement, if not quality. Indeed, the current title race is shaping up to be an intriguing one, while those in Germany and Spain are usually dominated by one or two of the leading teams.

A further 33.8% indicated agreement with Keane, while the remaining 17.9% feel that the Premier League is still the best in the world.

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