The La liga or also known as the Primera division in Spain is said to have the biggest financial clubs in the world with Real Madrid and Barcelona taking the top spots. As a football fan this article will go into details of the best top scorers in La Liga and the top assists in the league. At the moment Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the leading La liga top scorers and most football fans are grateful to have been alive and present when the duo is the best in the world. Here is all you need to know about the top scorers in the Spanish league.
The Argentinian Lionel Messi has more than 378 career league goals as Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal has 308 career league goals, followed by Aritz Aduriz of Atletico Bilbao with 154 goals. The fourth in place is French man Karim Benzema who currently plays for Real Madrid has 126 goals and in fifth place is also another French man Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid who has 115 goals. It is good to see that these top scorers are still active as this data is compiled from 2002 with Aritz Aduriz being the eldest player as he joined Athletic Bilbao in this category followed by Lionel Messi who joined Barcelona in 2004.
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Santiago Bernabeu side from Manchester United in 2009 and has continued to help his team as many trophies show casing that they indeed are the one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Karim Benzema joined the mighty Real Madrid in 2009 and Antoinne Griezmann joined Atletico Madrid in 2014 from Real Sociedad. Read on for a closer look at each of the top scorers in La Liga
1. Lionel Messi heads La Liga top scorers all time
The Argentinian Lionel Messi is said to be the magician at La Liga! He is one of the greatest football players to ever play and he keeps doing his magic, scoring marvelous goals, giving powerful assists to other scorers who have also boosted his team to achieve many coveted trophies not only in Spain but also across the Europe continent. The Argentinian Lionel Messi has more than 378 career league goals and has been able to provide as many assists as possible of over 150 assists
He has now been able to score against more different teams than any other player in La Liga history, surpassing the legendary Los Blancos striker Raul Gonzalez and Athletic Bilbao Aritz Aduriz. He has been of great help to his team no wonder the magician title or also commonly known as GOAT meaning greatest of all time according to many football fans.
Once again is having the most goals amongst all other players in the league with 29 out of the 33 games with 5 more games to end this campaign. This has continued to show his skills and which has fully stamped his position at the sport. Thanks to him his football team Barcelona is likely to finish at the top spot at 81 points currently followed at a distance by the super Real Madrid and the mighty Atletico Madrid which are competing for the second spot in the same league.it is good to note that in this season Barcelona have been unbeaten having drawn 8 times and won the 25 games having 5 more games to go to end the season in high spirits.
Barcelona’s new manager Ernesto Valverde must be excited to be winning the league as he took over from Luis Enrique who bid farewell to Camp Nou having won 9 titles out of the possible 13 titles that were there to be won in those 3 seasons. This included the two liga titles, three Copa Del Rey (a domestic cup played by Spain teams from various divisions), a Champions League, a European Super Cup, a Spanish Super cup and a club world cup. Barcelona fans seem to really miss their former manager as they are already out of the Champions League only at the quarter finals having being beaten by the Italian giants Roma. Indeed Ernesto Valverde has a very heavy task ahead in order to take Barcelona back to its position of acquiring as many trophies as possible within a season.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo comes second among la liga top goal scorers
Commonly known as the goal scoring machine Cristiano has been so great at Real Madrid formerly of Manchester United an English premier league team. Having started his career at a very young age, and now a father of four has continued to carry his team to many finals especially in the champion’s league. In 2016 he carried his entire home team Portugal to win the Euro yet they had the least odds of winning the competition against a very strong France side who succumbed to Portugal at last minutes of extra time.
All through he has achieved many trophies with his team as well as his own personal trophies and the most coveted personal trophies such as the Ballon d’Or, football player of the year, he has also continuously been applauded by sports pundits for his skills at the pitch. Many football fans will agree with this article that Real Madrid has been able to remain relevant mostly because of him.
He has provided as many assists in the league and he is so good with penalty shoot outs which he does them at so much ease always sending the goalkeeper to the wrong side. Bravo Cr7 as he is commonly referred to by fans. He has continued to shine despite being under different managers such as the likes of Rafa Benitez former coach and now at Newcastle, Alex Ferguson former Manchester United coach.
Not only has Cristiano done well in the la liga but also in the English Premier League yet it is considered one of the hardest and competitive leagues taking his team to lift many league titles. Down in Madrid, Ronaldo has been brilliant for all that time. The Portuguese surpassed Raul's record of 323 goals for Madrid in 2015 and averages slightly over one per game for Real. It is an incredible return on the €94 million paid by Los Blancos to Manchester United in 2009.Diego Maradonna a former great football player has said severally said that Ronaldo is the best player in the world. That statement is left to you to decide on who is the greatest player?
2. La liga top scorers of all time includes Aritz Aduriz
Aritz Aduriz is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a striker. In football a player can be said to be in form between 21 to 28 years. Therefore it is surprising to see that even at 37 the player is still playing. He does deserve a good appreciation as the team has remained in the league for many consecutive years. Guys! Age is just but a number!
Known for his aerial ability and first touch, he has spent most of his career with Athletic Bilbao, scoring over 100 goals across all competitions for the team. He also surpassed a century of goals in La Liga, in which he additionally represented Mallorca and Valencia.
In addition to playing for Spain, Aduriz was a regular goal scorer for the Basque national side he also appeared at the former at Euro 2016, at the age of 35.
4. Karim Benzema is also among La liga top scorers of all time
He is the unsung hero of Real Madrid.Karim Benzema ( born 19 December 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France National team. He is therefore expected to play in this year’s world cup 2018. He however faces stiff competition to get to the first team from the likes of Olivier Giroud of Chelsea, Antoinne Griezmann of Atletico Madrid and Anthony Martial of Manchester United. He has frequently been described as an "immensely talented striker" who is "strong and powerful" and "a potent finisher from inside the box.
Benzema was born in the city of Lyon and began his football career with local club Bron Terraillon. In 1996, he joined Olympique Lyonnais, and subsequently came through the clubs youth academy Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007 in a friendly match against Austria, scoring in a 1–0 win.
Benzema has earned over 80 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments: the 2008 and 2012 editions of the UEFA European Football Championship and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, Benzema has twice been left out of major tournament squads: 2010 World Cup due to lack of playing time with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 after a highly publicized scandal. Football fans continue to wish him well with his career hoping he can be consistent with his playing tactics on the pitch.
5. Antoinne Griezmann completes the la liga top scorers list
The 27 year old French man plays as the striker at Atletico Madrid and the France National team. He began his career at Real Sociedad, making his debut in 2009 and winning the Segunda División title in his first season. Across five seasons there, he scored 52 goals in 201 official matches. In 2014, he transferred to Atlético Madrid for €30 million.
For his performances throughout 2016, he was shortlisted for the 2016 Ballon d'Or award, in which he finished in third place. He came in third place after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Griezmann has had his own personal achievements He was part of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-19Football Championship on home soil. He earned his first cap for the senior national team in 2014 and played at that year's World Cup, helping the country to the quarter-finals.
Griezmann was the top scorer and Player of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 2016, where the French hosts were runners-up following a 1–0 defeat to Portugal. Currently he is faced with many transfer rumors and fans can only wish him well with his football career and hopefully get to see him win the coveted Ballon d’Or since he is a great striker.
Here is a list of La Liga top scorers per game
- Lionel Messi - Barcelona – 93 minutes per goal – 29 goals scored- 12 assists
- Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid-91 minutes per goal- 24 goals scored-5 assists
- Luis Suarez – Barcelona - 109 minutes per goal- 23 goals scored- 6 assists
- Iago Aspas – Celta Vigo- 143 minutes per goal – 20 goals scored- 5 assists
- Antoinne Griezmann- Atletico Madrid – 122 minutes per goal – 19 goals – 8 assists
- Cristhian Stuani – Girona – 133 minutes per goal – 17 goals – 0 assists
- Rodrigo – Valencia – 146 minutes per goal – 16 goals -4 assists
- Maxi Gomez – Celta Vigo – 204 minutes per goal - 13 goals – 3 assists
- Willian Jose – Real Sociedad – 176 minutes per goal – 13 goals – 2 assists
Lionel Messi has been consistently among the la liga top scorers through the years alongside the very best Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid that is seen to be a big rival to Barcelona. However this campaign season Barcelona will win the trophy from Real Madrid who last season went unbeaten in the league and also had the trophy for the 33rd time in the history of the league. In this season however, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Barcelona who have 24 and 23 goals respectively out of the games played by their respective teams.
It is also good to remember that Cristiano has been able also to win the Euro Cup with his home team with Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to ensure that his team finish among the top four teams in the league which books them an automatic spot in the Champions League where they are the dominant giants of the Champions League having won the title 2014, and most recently in the 2016 and they now seem to be going for their third trophy in 4 years. How commendable! Super Madrid! This is under the watch of their powerful manager Zinedine Zidane who took over in 2016 from Rafa Benitez. He has been able to have a great commanding at the Santiago Bernabéu and the fans are happy with him due to his managerial prowess.
Zinedine, however seems to get a lot of competition from other teams Atletico Madrid headed by Diego Simeone have 71 points having played 32 games winning 21 games, drawing in 8 of the matches and losing 3 games. The team’s leading scorer is Antoinne Griezmann who has been able to get back to form after an inconsistent start at to the season which saw them finish in 3rd position in the group stages of the Champions League which has led them to Europa League facing Arsenal at the semifinals in a week’s time. If they are able to move past that English team they will have high odds of winning the Europa League. The team has consistently been able to finish in 3rd place in the last 3 seasons having won the La Liga title in 2013/2014 season with 90 points.
In the 2 last campaigns Valencia has not been able to finish anywhere close to the top four teams however it is encouraging to see how the team is performing in this particular season. They come fourth after Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at 65 points having played in 33 fixtures in which they have in 20 games, drawn in 5 games and have lost in 8 matches. Their coach Marcellino Garcia is happy with the currents team performance and their style of playing football. It is good to look at Valencia football team closely, since it has been a strange season for them.
The team began the decade or rather the new millennium as one of the strongest sides in European football winning La liga in 2001/2002 and 2003/2004 however things have not been rosy for the team as their inconsistency has been evident over the years. As they last lifted the Copa Del Rey silverware in 2008 as some of these inconsistency can be blamed on selling their players to other bigger teams who are big names as well as have a lot of finances in and outside the La liga. Their best la liga top scorers and assists as per now is their striker Rodrigo from Spain with 15 goals and the most assists of the team have come from Goncalo Guedes with 8 assists.
Other teams that have consistently been in the La Liga are Sevilla a strong side as well however this time round not only will they miss out on the Champions League but they are likely not to get a spot as well in the Europa League as they come 8th after Real Betis and Villareal who have 52 and 51 points respectively. They could however get a spot in the Europa League should they win in their remaining fixtures and if Real Betis and Villareal lose in one or more fixtures that remain. Sevilla last one the La Liga in 1945/1946. They have also been winners of the Champions League 5 times with the most recent win in 2015/2016, also other trophies like Copa del Rey 2009/2010, Super Cup 2007/2008, UEFA Super Cup 2006/2007, and the Emirates Cup most recently in 2017.
Other teams that do finish most of the times in the La liga division are Celta Vigo however this season has not been great for them. Most football fans wish to see the strong side be able to compete much better in the next season that starts immediately after the 2018 world cup. Their best striker at the moment is Iago Aspas their main striker who has 20 goals coming fourth in the league. Their striker Vincenzo Montella will have to manage his team much more tactically to ensure that they are also able to get a spot in the coveted champions league come the next season. It will be important for the team to have consistency in how they perform at the pitch
It is key to note that, this prestigious competition in Spain has the most goals in the Europe football scene having the most coveted players play in these said big teams. This has been noted because of the coveted Ballon d’Or that is won by players from this league which dominates other leagues in Europe Continent having the most go to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the matches played already it is good to note that the he most assists are from Lionel Messi with 12 assists, followed by Pione Sisto with 9 assists of Celta Vigo, Antoinne Griezmann with 8 assists from Atletico Madrid, Goncalo Guedes of Valencia also having 8 assists and also Jordi Alba from Barcelona, Karim Benzema with 8 assists from Real Madrid.
It is quite sad to see Deportivo La Coruna, Las Palmas and Malaga being relegated to the segunda division or the second league in Spain. This is because they will end the season in bad form of 27,21 and 17 points respectively. The football fans wish them well in their new league hoping to have them back after the 2018/2019 campaign. Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano seem to have their way back to the La Liga as they both have 64 points at the moment with 5 more fixtures left to end the season.
These teams together with 5th placed Cadiz at 57 which have a chance to get a La Liga sport, were previously in La Liga and they have been determined to get back to the league they therefore deserve to be congratulated and give much more morale however there is stiff competition coming from Huesca which is only 2 points behind the teams. It will be interesting to see how the season will end in the Segunda division as La Liga is much more predictable this season.
This how the teams are in the league standings game week 33 of the season according to news on La Liga table and top scorers
- Barcelona with 83 points
- Atletico Madrid with 71 points
- Real Madrid with 68 points
- Valencia with 65 points
- Real Betis with 52 points
- Villareal with 51 points
- Sevilla with 48 points
- Getafe Fc with 45 points
- Girona with 44 points
- Celta Vigo with 44 points
- Eibar with 43 points
- Real Sociedad with 40 points
- Athletic Bilbao with 40 points
- Leganes with 39 points
- Alaves with 38 points
- Espanyol with 36 points
- Levante with 31 points
- Deportiva La Coruna with 27 points
- Las Palmas with 21 points
- Malaga with 17 points
The standings are bound to change this is because of the remaining fixtures left.
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