The Spanish league of La Liga took some time to gain any real prominence in the professional football scene, but once it had established itself, it didn’t take long for it to become one of the most popular sporting competitions within Europe, and there have been plenty of memorable displays over the years.
Spanish clubs have won the Champions League a total of 16 times, and finished as runner ups 11 times, meaning that there is some serious staying power behind the players from Spanish nations.
Over the years, a number of different players have had their hand at breaking the record for most goals scored while playing in La Liga, and they’re records that may still stand for a while before anyone comes along to break it, with current players have a strong impact on betting sites and other media thanks to their scores.
1. Edmundo Suarez: 195 Goals
Also known famously as Mundo Edmundo Suarez was a legend among Valencia who personally defined the role of a centre forward.
The Spanish Civil War deprived him of the chance to prove his skill to most of the world, however, but his memory lives on.
Originally from Athletic Bilbao, the player’s contract was considered void under the regime of General Franco, and not long after the player moved to Valencia where he played for over a decade, and became one of the top goal scorers in the tournament.
2. Alfredo Di Stefano: 227 Goals
Alfredo Di Stefano is often considered in the same vein as Diego Maradona and Pele as some of the best players that that the world has ever seen. His arrival to Madrid started an era of dominance in both Europe and Spain.
When the European Cup was first created, De Stefano led his team to the first five European titles between 1956 and 1960, and earned eight league titles along the way.
He averaged around 28 goals per season, and was a forward that was constantly feared by the other teams.
3. Telmo Zarra: 251
Telmo Zarra was the highest scorer in La Liga for one year short of 60 years, and has only lost out on the number one spot in the last few years.
He still holds the record for the most Pichichi awards in La Liga, with a total of 6 wins. He also still holds the record for the most goals in the Copa del Rey, with a combined 81 goals.
4. Lionel Messi: 329 Goals
Lionel Messi is still playing to this day, and has around a 4-season lead on Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi’s record is so high that it’s one of the few in the sporting industry that may never be beaten, especially considering the player still has a few years left to keep increasing his record.
Arguably the most skilled player in this generation, Messi has won the Champions League four times and La Liga eight times, and is tied with Ronaldo for three Pichichi awards. He may end his career as the highest scorer of all times.