The trouble I'm having with football is that there are a ton of leagues. The English have the Premier League, Spain has La Liga, and so forth. If it was just that each country had its own league I wouldn't be confused. Where I get lost is that there is also the Champions League which, from my understanding, the best teams from all of the major leagues participate in and declares a sort of champion of champions in Europe. It seems like this must be the big prize but I really have no idea.
What is considered a bigger achievement? Winning the Champions League? Or say, winning the Premier League? Having not grown up around it, any help understanding what is most important to football fans would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and I'm going with Barcelona to win the whole thing. Manchester United and Real Madrid just seem too much like the Yankees of their respective leagues to me so I can't root for them.