Top 10 all-time goalscorers in La Liga


La Liga is one of the world’s most-watched European football leagues – a close second to the obvious Premier League. In the era of Ronaldo and Messi, it might be easy to forget that La Liga possessed goalscoring prowess even earlier than the legendary duo. We take a look at the top 10 players who broke the ‘goalscorers’ charts in La Liga.

10. Edmundo Suarez

Years active: 1939-1950
Appearances: 231
Goals scored: 195
Ratio: 0.84

9. Pahiño

Years active: 1939-1950
Appearances: 278
Goals scored: 210
Ratio: 0.76

8. Quini

Years active: 1970-1987
Appearances: 448
Goals scored: 219
Ratio: 0.49

7. César Rodríguez

Years active: 1939-1955
Appearances: 353
Goals scored: 223
Ratio: 0.63

6. Alfredo Di Stéfano

Years active: 1953-3966
Appearances: 329
Goals scored: 227
Ratio: 0.69

5. Raùl

Raul La Liga all time goalscorers
Years active: 1994-2010
Appearances: 550
Goals scored: 228
Ratio: 0.41
The Spanish hitman was the face of Real Madrid throughout his entire career. Meanwhile, the Los Blancos goal-scoring machine wasn’t as proficient as others in the list, but his overall play gave Real Madrid the much needed target-man upfront for years. As a result. his continuous goalscoring form helped the Spanish club win six La Liga titles, four Supercopa and three Champions League titles. The Spaniard also won two Intercontinental titles, now called FIFA Club World Cup, to add to his big trophy cabinet.

4. Hugo Sánchez

Years active: 1981-1994
Appearances: 347
Goals scored: 231
Ratio: 0.67
A goalscorer for a number of high profile La Liga clubs including the big domestic rivals, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, Hugo Sanchez is a Mexican legend. Initally breaking through  with UNAM from the youth academy to winning Primera Division for two times, it was Atletico Madrid’s 1984-85 Copa del Rey run that truly established him as a hotshot European name. The goalscoring prowess earned him a dream move to Real Madrid where he scored on a regular basis to earn five consecutive league titles for the Spanish powerhouse.

3. Telmo Zarra

Years active: 1940-1955
Appearances: 278
Goals scored: 251
Ratio: 0.9
Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra won six Pichichi Trophies in his career which earned him a Sports Merit Medal and now has a whole ‘Zarra Trophy’ named after him. The striker was a Copa del Rey sensation earning a record 81 goals overhaul winning five domestic cup titles throughout his career. He is also Athletic Bilbao’s record goalscorer and won the league title in 1943 with the club.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

La Liga all time goalscorers
Years active: 2009- *
Appearances: 269
Goals scored: 286
Ratio: 1.06
First and foremost, there aren’t many words to describe Cristiano Ronaldo than simply putting him as a goalscoring machine. The Spaniard enjoyed a trophy barren yet successful individual years early on with Real Madrid. But his latest four year spell is what truly puts him on a legendary bracket. Also, it is the reason why the former Manchester United man is one of the highest paid La Liga players.  With three Champions League clinches in four years, the Portuguese legend has earned himself a place among the football’s greatest further cemented by his four Ballon D’or clinches. He has further won two La Liga titles with Real Madrid and also added two Copa del Rey cup medals to his name.

1.Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Years active: 2004- *
Appearances: 389
Goals scored: 360
Ratio: 0.93
Lastly, A magician. Lionel Messi has  carried Barcelona over his shoulders magnificently over the past few years. The ball control and the little sense of gravity in him helps him get past players with ease and make a mark upon the game. Consequently, the Argentine has won numerous trophies over the years with Barcelona – four Champions League titles to name a few. However, winning trophies aren’t the fundamental attribute he possesses. His leadership in the pitch and goods in the tightest of situations separates himself from rest. As a result, he has hoarded his team to eight La Liga titles, five Copa Del Reys and earned himself five Ballon D’or accolades.


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