La Liga Spanish League has always been second among the Europe’s top five leagues behind English premier League. But since the rivalry of Ronaldo & Messi off-late has attracted more people towards the Barcelona Madrid clash. Many now consider it as the best European League.
There have been some exquisite goal-scorers over the years in La Liga who have devoted their whole careers for the clubs in Spain.
Here is how we categorize the top 10 all time leading goal scorers of la liga:
1. Lionel Messi
Loyal to his one and only club FC BARCELONA, The Argentine International has scored 365 goals holding this prestigious record by quite some margin. He is still going strong and it is expected that this record would be hard to break for many years to come as Lio Messi can still represent Barcelona for at least 4-5 seasons.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese sensation and the 5 time Ballon D’or winner is still going strong. He is second on the list of all time leading goal scorers of La liga with 289 goals and a goal per game ratio of just above 1 which is phenomenal. He scored all these for Real Madrid after a record transfer from Manchester United (England).
3. Telmo Zarra
The Spanish International who held the record for the highest number of goals for a long time in the 20th century where he had a brilliant game per goal ratio 0.9. Before the Messi-Ronaldo era, Zarra dominated this record.
4. Hugo Sanchez
The only Mexican to make it to the list of the leading goal scorers, he played for several clubs notably Real Madrid & Atletico Madrid in LA liga where his form was prolific. He was able to score 234 goals and is currently at 4th place in the all time leading goal scorers list.
The prolific Real Madrid & Spain legend Raul is currently the club’s second highest goal scorers with 228 goals in over 500 games. He’s been considered the best striker in the history of La liga before the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
6. Alfredo Di Stefano
Considered as one of the best Real Madrid goal scorers after Cristiano Ronaldo & Raul he scored 227 goals. But the unique part is that Di Stefano represented three different nations, Columbia, Spain & Argentina. The Argentine took 329 games to achieve this world record which was there for many years.
7. Cesar Rodriguez
La Liga has been dominated by the two Giants Barcelona & Real Madrid, Cesar played 353 matches for FC BARCELONA bagging a record 223 goals to be 7th in the all time list of the highest La Liga goal scorers.
Considered as one of the most dangerous strikers of his time during the 12 season representation for Sporting Gijon & FC BARCELONA. The striker was able to claim the Pichichi for a record 5 times. He played football for almost 17 years from 1970-1987.
Another Spanish International who had the honor to represent three clubs in La Liga which included the prestigious club Real Madrid, Celta De Vigo & Deportivo La Coruna where he found the net for 210 times in just 12 seasons that he represented. The best part being able to bag 109 out of those 210 for Real Madrid.
10. Edmundo Suarez
The Spanish International played for a club known to bring up several good academy players to the highest level – VALENCIA. During the 11 years of his league career upto 1950 he bagged 195 goals in 231 matches but wasn’t able to represent his country more than 3 games.