I think he means it as a simple point of arithmetic. How many Dutch play professional futbol outside of Europe? Many Argentines do, which helps their cause when making per capita calculations. Depending on how one defines "quality" for the purposes of this thread, each of the following criteria could be divided by population. # of professional players # of pros outside of home league # of pros in top 3-5 leagues in world (Eng,Spain,Italy,Germany,France?) # of pros playing CL/UEFA cup for teams outside of home league # number of players with transfer values over $X (pick whatever cutoff) from each country. Still the above criteria is not perfect because it does not account for economic differences between the home countries (affecting some transfer values and the desire to stay home) and the effect of non-EU restriction on players in some European leagues. How many Dutch play in Spain and Italy? Serious question, I do not know. I know there are many Argies and Urus in those leagues.