La Liga All Time Top Scorers - Top 10 Goalscorers of All Time
There was a time when records in La Liga stood for aeons thanks to the exploits of legends in the mid 20th century. The Spanish league took its time to gain prominence but once it was established it took Europe by storm and there have been numerous eras of dominance. It is no wonder then that Spanish clubs have won the Champions League a record 16 times and also finished as runners-up 11 times.
Along the way, a number of different players have attempted to break the record for most goals scored in La Liga and it was a record that looked like it was going to stand the test of time before serial Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo changed football in Spain forever.
We look at the top 10 goalscorers of all time in La Liga.
Stats from UEFA, updated as of 17 February.
10) Edmundo Suárez – 195 goals
Affectionately called Mundo, Edmundo Suarez was a Valencia legend who defined the role of the physical centre-forward. However, the world was deprived of the opportunity to watch him in his prime thanks to the Spanish Civil War.
Originally a player for Athletic Bilbao, his contract was considered null and void by General Franco’s regime and he eventually made the move to Valencia where he would play the next 11 years. And it was there he scored at the rate of almost one goal per game (0.91), winning the Pichichi award for top goalscorer of the season in consecutive years.
He would lead Los Che to three La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey titles before leaving the club to play one season at CD Alcoyano. Suarez was one of Spain’s best players at the time and the fact that most countries refused to play them at the time saw his international exposure limited to just three matches for La Furia Roja.
9) Pahiño – 210 goals
In spite of playing a couple of seasons in Spains Segunda Division, Manuel Fernández Fernández (aka Pahiño) still managed to score enough goals to make the top 10. 12 seasons in La Liga’s top flight saw him represent Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and Deportivo before he finished his career at Granada in the second division.
In the 11 consecutive seasons he played in the top flight, he averaged just over 21 goals a season, never scoring less than 14 in a season and a high of 35 goals for Los Blancos in the 1951/52 season.
Pahiño was another physical striker who could shoot well with both feet. He was also strong in the air and a committed player. He also won the Pichichi twice – once each with Celta Vigo and Real Madrid. It was only the arrival of Alfredo Di Stefano that saw him lose his stature in the side.
Legend has it that he once played a game in spite of fracturing his fibula (calf bone) in the 40th minute. The Cleta coach Moncho Encinas simply bandaged it up and persuaded him to play the rest of the game. Celta Vigo won 4-1 and reports claim that by the end of the game, the fibula touched the sole of his foot!