But the idea international football (soccer) isn't "clouded by performance enhancing drugs, obnoxious commercialism and inflated egos" is a stretch, to say the least.
Last time I checked, most of Europe didn't have the team name on their jerseys, but the name of a sponsor. Heck, it isn't the Premier League, it's the Barclays Premier League.
And in the top leagues, video boards along the sidelines remind you to "Fly Emirates" or pitch "Stanley Tools" for the length of the game. And other international teams like Real Madrid actually have the name a sports wagering website on their jerseys. So talk to me more about the purity of this sport.
Ok, moving on to drug testing. The Premiership tests for performance-enhancing drugs. None of the other divisions in England test. FIFA is testing approximately eight players per World Cup squad. Testing has already begun. That much said, there is good reason to believe that football (soccer) is very clean by international standards. One reason is that increased body muscle mass isn't necessarily the main goal, as it is in baseball and American football. So I will concede you on this point. And you are right, the fact it is played in many poorer nations does preclude many players from obtaining performance enhancing drugs at an early age.
As for a lack of egos, well, I would think anyone who saw Didier Drogba pout on the final day of the Premier League, might disagree. Drogba, an elite striker, was vying for the Golden Boot (top scorer award) and wanted to take a penalty shot When he was denied the opportunity, his childish behavior did suggest a rather healthy ego. And Diego Maradona, well, he has a rather healthy ego as both a player (where he could back it up) and as a coach (where he has been justly criticized and let's say he hasn't reacted well). Finally, there is Cristiano Ronaldo, who, because of his immense talent, is often called "high maintenance" when in fact, if he didn't regularly put it into the back of the net, would be the first guy out the door because he's a pain in the rear. But, again, most of the higher profile players tend to be strikers.