Gignac: Liga MX fans more passionate than Ligue 1

The France international believes Mexico's top league is the standard for the Americas and every bit on par with the top French competition.

Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac believes Liga MX is not only the strongest league in the Americas but is also is every bit as good a competition as France’s Ligue 1.

"Mexico is a big footballing country, maybe even more competitive and more powerful than France," the French international told France Football

The 30-year-old attacker played a decade in the top French league before departing Marseille for Tigres in 2015. The move has worked out swimmingly for Gignac, as he was part of a Tigres side that won the Liga MX Apertura title, reached the Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF Champions League finals while also earning call-ups to France’s squad in ‘15 and ’16.

And Gignac thinks the quality and passion of Mexico’s top league is right there with the competition he left behind. 

"I played 10 seasons [in Ligue 1] -- I can compare them," he said. "Here there is more passion, more identification with the club, more respect for the players and the colors. You play all the time in stadiums with capacities of 40,000 to more than 100,000 and that are often full.”

That experience has led Gignac to the conclusion Liga MX is the standard – not only compared its North American competitor MLS, but in the entirety of the Americas.

"People in France talk a lot about MLS, the United States, and its expansion," Gignac said. "But I played over there in the CONCACAF Champions League against Real Salt Lake. It's good -- there's a nice stadium and a superb pitch -- but it's nothing compared to Liga MX.

"Even my Argentinean and Brazilian teammates at Tigres, who are internationals, tell me that the Mexican league has become better than their own. It's the reference in South, Central and North America."