Continuing in a similar vein from here, a comparison between the top leagues in Europe is useful. I have collated the stats here:
I’ll be adding Holland next.
Until recently, France was as open as England used to be, but Lyon have dominated the French championship in recent years.
Having top clubs competing in both their domestic league and in the Champions League (and the UEFA Cup) increases the divide. The dominance of top clubs is reinforced by having two significant sources of revenue, while the rest of the league only has only one (excluding domestic cup competitions).
There is no level playing field, and what is sport without a level playing field?