Top 5 goal-scorers in the history of the LaLiga
- A brief history of the Spanish LaLiga, its major records, and profiles of the top 5 scorers in the league.
The 86th edition of Spain's top flight football, more popularly known as the LaLiga, kicks off this weekend.
The league coefficient of European football's governing body UEFA has adjudged the LaLiga to be the top league in Europe for the last five seasons, and for a record 22 times overall.
LaLiga clubs have won 18 Champions League, 11 Europa League / UEFA Cup and 15 Super Cup titles, which is the most by clubs from a single country.
A 20-club league since the 1997-98 season, a total of 62 clubs have graced the LaLiga since its inaugural edition in 1930-31.
Among nine clubs to have won the Spanish top flight title, Real Madrid (33) and Barcelona (26) have been the two most dominant champions. The duo, along with Athletic Bilbao, are the only clubs to have never been relegated from the LaLiga.
Record champions Real Madrid have a slew of standalone records in the Spanish top flight like most wins (1687), most away wins in a season (16), most consecutive away wins (13), most goals scored in a season (121), most home goals scored in a season (78) and most away goals scored in a season (58).
Barcelona have the records of most consecutive home wins (39) and most consecutive games to have scored in (64) in the Liga.
Along with Real Madrid, Barcelona share the Liga records for most points in a season (100), most wins in a season (32), most home wins in a season (18) and most number of consecutive wins (16).
Andoni Zubizaretta's 602 appearances is the most by a player in LaLiga history, while Raul's 550 appearances for Real Madrid is a record tally of appearances for a single club.
One of only two players to have scored 300 LaLiga goals, Cristiano Ronaldo being the other, Lionel Messi's 50 goals during the 2010-11 season is a league high.
On the cusp of the 2019-20 LaLiga season which gets underway this weekend, let's have a look at the top five scorers in the history of the competition.
#5 Raúl González (228 goals)
Raúl's 228 goals in 550 appearances for Real Madrid is the fifth best tally of goals by a player in LaLiga history.
During his 16 seasons at the Spanish capital club (1994-95 to 2009-10) Raúl twice won the Trofeo Pichichi, awarded for most goals in a LaLiga season.
Raúl is a six-time LaLiga winner. The Spanish striker's 550 appearances for Real Madrid is a record number of appearances for a single club.