In its history of 90 years, La Liga has seen many great players. Some of these players have left an everlasting mark on this league. So, in this article let us have a look at some of the best La Liga players ever.
Taking into consideration major aspects like longevity, performances and the impact they had on the club and the league, here is our top 10 best La Liga players ever.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, four of which came with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time.
He was the subject of the most expensive association football transfer when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth €94 million. In Spain, he won two La Liga title, two Copas del Rey, four Champions League titles, and two Club World Cups.
He is Real Madrid’s top scorer and has the best goals per game ratio in the history of La Liga. He left Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer of 2018.
4. Xavi Hernandez
Xavi came through La Masia at age 11 and made his first-team debut against Mallorca in August 1998. Since then, he played over 700 league matches, scored 82 goals and made more than 180 assists. Xavi is the first player in Barcelona’s history to play 150 international matches. He is also considered by many to be the greatest Spanish player ever.
He came third in the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, followed by third place for its successor award, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was runner-up to Lionel Messi for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. He has been awarded the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker award for four years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. He left the club in 2015.
3. Telmo Zarra
Zarra signed for Athletic Bilbao in 1940 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 won one La Liga and five Copa del Rey in his 15 years with the club.