The Spanish Primera Division, also known as La Liga is one of the most historical of all of Europe’s major football leagues. The Spanish top-flight has featured an array of stars down the years, including some of the best players on the planet in the prime of their careers.
Many of those star players were prolific in La Liga, scoring the goals that took their teams to glory. We at SuperBettingSites.com thought you would like to know more about the most prolific forwards to ever grace the Spanish top-flight. Here are the top 20 most prolific forwards in the history of La Liga:
The Argentinian is considered by many as the greatest player to ever play the beautiful game. He is certainly the most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Spanish top-flight, scoring an eye-watering 474 goals for Barcelona before his move to French giants PSG in the summer of 2021.
The Portuguese superstar is another player that will often come up in the greatest player of all-time debate. He was a goal machine for Real Madrid in his nine-year career in the Spanish capital. The forward left Los Blancos in 2018 to join Juventus before a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2021.
The legendary forward scored all his 277 La Liga goals for Athletic Club in a 15-year period. Zarra won the Pichichi goalscoring award on no less than six occasions. The season before his first Pichichi award in season 1942–43 the forward also claimed his only La Liga title.
Sanchez is considered by many as the best Mexican player of all time. His technical ability and habit of scoring spectacular goals for the likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid made him a hero on both sides of the capital divide. His goalscoring exploits in La Liga saw him win the Pichichi five times during his career in the Spanish top-flight.
‘Raul’ Gonzalez Blanco
Despite starting his career in the youth ranks at Atletico, Raul went on to become a modern-day legend at Real Madrid for his ability to sniff out a goal. The Spanish international won the top goalscorer award on two occasions in La Liga. However, he also claimed the Spanish Player of the Year award a record five times.
Alfredo Di Stefano
The great Di Stefano is a legend at Real Madrid for his goalscoring exploits and sheer ability with a football. The forward who incredibly represented Argentina, Colombia and Spain at international level, won the Pichichi on five occasions. Di Stefano also helped Los Blancos to eight Spanish top-flight titles.
Although the forward played at four clubs during his La Liga career, he enjoyed by far his best prolific spell at Barcelona. The forward won the only Pichichi of his career in season 1948/49, while also helping the Catalan giants to five La Liga titles during his 13-year spell at the club.
Enrique Castro Gonzalez ‘Quini’
‘Quini’ as he was known throughout his career, spent much of his career at Sporting Gijon, where he enjoyed two spells, as well appearing for Barcelona for four seasons. The forward finished as the top goalscorer in La Liga five times during his career. Many still considered the former Gijon striker to be one of the best his country has produced.
Manuel Fernandez Fernandez ‘Pahino’
Over his 12-year La Liga career, Pahino was prolific in the Spanish top-flight. The 3-time Spain international won the Pichichi at both Celta Vigo and Real Madrid before finishing his top-flight career with a prolific three-year stint at Deportivo La Coruna. He finished his playing career in the Segunda Division with Granada.
The French forward has enjoyed a fruitful career with Los Blancos after joining the club from French club Lyon in 2009. The veteran forward has scored 200 goals in La Liga but has never won the Pichichi award. He has, however, helped Real Madrid to three Spanish titles amongst other trophies. There is still plenty more to come from forward, as he is still going strong at 33 years of age.
Edmundo Suarez ‘Mundo’
‘Mundo’ starred for Valencia in the 1940s. While with Los Che he won three La Liga title winners medals, while also winning the Pichichi on two occasions in seasons 1941–42 and 1943–44. The forward finished his career at CD Alcoyano, where he scored nine times in 21 appearances.
Carlos Alonso Gonzalez ‘Santillana’
Santillana enjoyed a superb career at Real Madrid, where he won the Spanish top-flight title on nine occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. The Spanish international claimed his one and only Pichichi award in season 1970-71, the season before he won his first La Liga title.
Villa is regarded as one of the best finishers in the modern era of La Liga. Despite being the top goalscorer for Spain at international level, having scored 59 goals, the forward never won a Pichichi during his career. However, he did help Barcelona to two La Liga titles. During a glittering career, he also won many individual awards including the award for most assists with Valencia in season 2006/07.
Suarez has proven to be one of the best finishers in La Liga over the last decade with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan forward has won the Pichichi on just one occasion in season 2015/16. The former Liverpool forward is still plying his trade in the Spanish top-flight with Atletico at the age of 34.
Gorostiza enjoyed a 14-year career in La Liga, which was split between Athletic Club and Valencia. The Spanish international helped the club from Bilbao win the Spanish top-flight title on four occasions while winning the title twice with Los Che. His two Pichichi awards came in seasons 1929–30 and 1931–32.
The Cameroon international enjoyed a long and much-travelled career. Although he is associated most with Barcelona in La Liga, Eto’o made his Spanish top-flight debut at arch-rivals Real Madrid. The forward helped the Blaugrana to three La Liga titles. His one and only Pichichi award came in season 2005/06.
The Athletic Club icon retired in 2020 after over two decades in the Spanish game. Despite also featuring for Mallorca and Valencia, it will be in Bilbao where he is best remembered for his goalscoring abilities.
The legendary Hungarian was one of the stars of the Real Madrid teams that swept all before them in the 1960s, winning La Liga in five straight seasons. Puskas claimed the Pichichi award on four occasions during his glorious spell in the Spanish capital.
Now in his second spell at Atletico Madrid, Griezmann started his prolific La Liga journey in San Sebastian with Real Sociedad. The France international won La Liga’s best player award in season 2015/16, while in his first spell with Atletico.
The much-travelled forward represented six clubs in the Spanish top-flight during his career. The Spanish international’s goals helped Athletic Club to two La Liga titles, while he also won the Spanish top-flight on four occasions with Barcelona. His only Pichichi award came in season 1983-84 during his time in Bilbao.