Who is the greatest team in Liga MX? A dynamic analysis


  • Francisco Corona Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía
  • Nelson Muriel Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Jesús López-Pérez Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía




financial variables, football, greatness, popularity, principal components analysis


In this paper, we conduct a statistical procedure to respond a very frequent question in Mexican sport media TV: Who is the greatest team in Liga MX? For this purpose, we apply Principal Components to a historical domestic and international results database along with variables related to the fans and the market value of the franchises’ roster from 2011-2019. The results allow us to analyze the evolution of the “greatness” latent variable over time, concluding that, in the window of time analyzed, Club América is the greatest team, followed by C.D. Guadalajara and C.F. Cruz Azul. Additionally, nowadays, Club Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and C.F. Monterrey displace teams like Deportivo Toluca F.C. and Club Universidad Nacional.


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How to Cite

Corona, F., Muriel, N., & López-Pérez, J. (2023). Who is the greatest team in Liga MX? A dynamic analysis. Estudios Económicos De El Colegio De México, 38(2), 225–260. https://doi.org/10.24201/ee.v38i2.442