La Liga is home to two of the greatest footballers in the world right now -Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.These players score goals for fun and create new records week in,week out.Even before them La Liga have had great goalscorers and today let us have a look at some of the players with the most goals in La Liga history.
Here are the top 10 players with the most goals in La Liga history –
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10.Edmundo Suárez [195 Goals] [1939-1950]
Mundo Suárez is considered an idol for fans of Valencia FC because he holds the record for the highest number of league goals scored for the team. During his football career he won the Spanish top goalscoring award twice. He is currently the tenth highest goal scorer in the history of the Spanish league, and the fifth highest goalscoring in the history of the Copa del Rey.
His great physical strength allowed him to dominate Spanish football during the 1940s.During his career, he was a high-scoring player obtaining an average of 0.92 goals per game with Valencia FC. He was also awarded the Pichichi Trophy in the 1941–42 and 1942–43 seasons, with 27 and 28 goals respectively.
He guided Valencia to 3 La Liga titles and 2 Copa del Rey during his time with the club,before moving to Alcoyano for a season,then he retired.
9.Pahiño [210 Goals] [1943-1956]
Pahiño was a Spanish footballer who played as a striker.Over the course of 12 seasons, he played 278 games in La Liga, scoring 211 goals for Celta, Real Madrid and Deportivo. He won one Pichichi Trophy each with the first two clubs.
Pahiño possessed a powerful shot with either feet as well as a tremendous heading ability.In 1945, during a promotion play-offs clash against Granada, he played more than 40 minutes with a broken fibula after a challenge by José Millán, in an eventual 4–1 away win.
8.Quini [219 Goals] [1970-1987]
Enrique Castro González known as Quini, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.
In a career totally connected with Sporting de Gijón and FC Barcelona, he was widely regarded as one of the country’s best strikers, having won a total of seven Pichichi Trophy awards, five of those in La Liga.
On 1 March 1981, after scoring twice for Barcelona in a 6–0 home win against Hércules CF, Quini was kidnapped by two men at gunpoint, being forced into a van. After many developments and 25 days – during this time, Barcelona could only amass one draw in four games, eventually losing the title race – he was rescued unharmed, upon cooperation between the Spanish and Swiss law enforcement agencies.
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7.César Rodríguez [223 Goals] [1939-1955]
During his career, which spanned more than two decades, Rodríguez played mainly for FC Barcelona, appearing in 351 official games for the club and scoring 232 goals, making him the highest goalscorer in the club’s history for several decades. He won five La Liga championships with the team, in a total of 13 major trophies, and was renowned for his ability to score from corners.
In 1942 César returned to Barcelona after a loan spell at Granada, winning his first national championship in 1944–45, to which conquest he contributed with 15 goals in 24 matches. During his 13-year stint in Catalonia he scored in double digits in 11 seasons, surpassing the 20-goal mark in three.
6.Alfredo Di Stéfano [227 Goals] [1953-1966]
Stéfano was a powerful, quick, skillful, and prolific forward, with great stamina, tactical versatility, creativity, and vision, who could also play almost anywhere on the pitch.
One of Real Madrid’s greatest ever players,Alfredo Di Stéfano was instrumental in the club’s domination of the European Champions’ Cup and La Liga during the 1950s. Along with Francisco Gento and José María Zárraga, he was one of only three players to play a part in all five victories of European Cups, scoring goals in each of the five finals.He is Madrid’s leading goalscorer in the history of El Clásico.
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5.Raul [228 Goals] [1994-2010]
Raul spent most of his career at Real Madrid,where he once wished to play until the end of his career.However he had to leave but only after spending 16 glorious years at the club.
Raul is the club’s second all-time top goalscorer with 323 goals and the most capped player in the history of the club with 741 appearances.
With Los Blancos, he won six La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, scoring in two finals, four Supercopa de España titles, one UEFA Super Cup and two Intercontinental Cup. He is the third highest goalscorer in Champions League history, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and the fifth most capped player. In 2003, he was appointed captain of the team and retained that position until his departure from the club in 2010.
4.Hugo Sánchez [234 Goals] [1981-1994]
A prolific goalscorer known for his spectacular strikes and volleys, Sánchez is widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest-ever footballer, and one of the greatest players of his generation.
He is the fourth highest scorer in the history of Spain’s top division,and is the sixth highest goalscorer in Real Madrid’s history.
He played for both Madrid clubs but achieved greater success with Real Madrid,where he won 5 La Liga and a Copa del Rey.
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3.Telmo Zarra [251 Goals] [1940-1955]
Zarra spent 15 years with Athletic Bilbao,where he is regarded as their greatest ever player.Zarra signed for Athletic after playing one season for Erandio. He became a prolific goalscorer in his 15 seasons at the club, winning the Pichichi Trophy for the highest scorer in La Liga on six occasions.
During his career, Zarra scored a total of 251 league goals, a Spanish record that lasted nearly six decades. His 81 goals in the Copa del Rey remain a record today.
He died of a heart attack on 24 February 2006, aged 85. The Zarra Trophy for the highest-scoring Spaniard in La Liga is awarded in his memory.
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2.Cristiano Ronaldo [285 Goals] [2009- ]
Arguably the greatest Real Madrid player of all time,Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 285 La Liga goals with goals/games ratio of 1.08,highest in La Liga history.
In Spain, he has won two La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, three Champions League titles, and two Club World Cups. Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League season, having scored 17 goals in the 2013–14 season. In 2014, Ronaldo became the fastest player to score 200 goals in La Liga, which he achieved in his 178th La Liga game. He is the only player in the history of football to score more than 50 goals in a season on six consecutive occasions.
In 2015, Ronaldo became the all-time top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League, and he also became Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer. In 2017, he became the first player to reach 100 goals in European club competitions, as well as in the UEFA Champions League. In 2017, he also became the only player in history to have scored in three Champions League finals. He is the second highest goalscorer in La Liga history behind Lionel Messi, his perceived career rival.On individual level he has won 4 Ballon d’Ors,scored most hat-tricks in La Liga history,32.
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1.Lionel Messi [349 Goals] [2004- ]
Often considered as the best player in the world and regarded by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoes.
Coming from La Masia,Messi made his debut in 2004 and now has become the most influential figure in the team.He has won 29 trophies with Barcelona, including eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and five Copas del Rey.
A prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (349), a La Liga season (50) and a club football season in Europe (73), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga (137).
It will be interesting to see how many more goals he score before hanging his boots.
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