The Campeonato de Liga de Primera Division, widely known as La Liga, is the highest tier of professional football in Spain. The league is also acknowledged as one of the biggest in Europe. As it is home to the team that has won the most UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLES, Real Madrid.
The league was officially launched in 1929, and since then thousands of players have played in this competition, and some of them took themselves to the highest level in football history.
However, in this article, we will take a look at a list of the Top 10 Foreign Goal Scorers In LaLiga History.
Let’s dive in!
Top 10 Foreign Goal Scorers In LaLiga History.
10. GARETH BALE – WALES, 80 GOALS.
At number 10 we have Gareth Bale. The Welsh International joined Real Madrid from London side Tottenham FC on 1 September 2013. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, his ability to get past defenders with pace, tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities.
The Wales National team captain has at the moment scored 80 La Liga Goals in 169 appearances for Real Madrid, Having a goal per game ratio of 0.47.
9. ANTOINE GRIEZMANN – FRANCE, 142 GOALS.
29 Year-old French footballer, Antoine Griezmann sits at number nine on our list. Griezmann plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the French national team.
The Frenchman has had an excellent career in spain, having played for Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, and at the moment Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann has currently scored 142 La Liga goals, in 347 appearances, thereby having a goal per game ratio of 0.41.
8. LUIS SUAREZ – URUGUAY, 142 GOALS
At number eight on our list of theTop 10 Foreign Goal Scorers In LaLiga History. We have Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan made a surprise move from English side Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014, and since then performed excellently for the Spanish giants.
A prolific goalscorer, Suárez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, also ending the six-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy in 2016. Luis Suarez at the moment has scored 142 Laliga goals, in 180 appearances for Barcelona.
7. FERENC PUSKAS – HUNGARY, 156 GOALS.
With the FIFA award for the most beautiful goal of the year which is named in his honor. It is no doubt that Ferenc Puskas was a prolific player during his playing days. The late Hungarian played as a forward for both the Hungarian national team side and the Spanish national team.
Puskas played for Real Madrid, and was awarded the Laliga Top scorer of the season four times. Ferenc Puskas however, scored 156 Laliga goals, in 180 appearances. Having a goal per game ratio of 0.87, the highest in La Liga after Ronaldo and Messi.
6. KARIM BENZEMA – FRANCE, 162 GOALS.
At number 6 on our list of Top 10 La Liga Highest Goal Scorers Who Weren’t Spaniards. We have Karim Benzema. The French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team, He has been described as an “immensely talented striker” who is “strong and powerful” and “a potent finisher from inside the box”.
After an awesome spell at Lyon, the Frenchman moved to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer fee worth over €35 million ($50 million). He has been named French Player of the Year three times for his performances in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Karim Benzema has currently scored 162 La Liga Goals, in 338 appearances for Real Madrid, and has had a goal per game ratio of 0.48.
5. SAMUEL ETO’O – CAMEROON, 162 GOALS
Apparently the only African player on this list, Samuel Eto sits at number eight on our list of Top 10 Foreign Goal Scorers In LaLiga History. The retired Cameroon footballer is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, winning the African Player of the Year a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.
Samuel Eto had an awesome time in Spain, where he played for Real Madrid (as a teenager), Mallorca, and Barcelona. He scored 162 La Liga goals, in 280 league appearances, having a goal per game ratio of 0.58.
4. ALFREDO DI STEFANO – ARGENTINA, 227 GOALS.
Alfredo Di Stefano was one player who surpassed all records. The Argentine is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. Stefano is best known for his achievements with Real Madrid, where he was instrumental in the club’s domination of the European Cup and La Liga during the 1950s.
Di Stéfano played international football mostly for Spain after moving to Madrid, but he also played for Argentina and Colombia. After an amazing football career at Spain, He was able to record 227 goals in 329 appearances. This makes him the sixth highest goal scorer in La Liga History. He had a goal per game ratio of 0.69.
3. HUGO SANCHEZ – MEXICO, 234 GOALS.
A prolific goal scorer known for his spectacular strikes and volleys, Hugo Sánchez is widely regarded as the greatest Mexican footballer of all time, and one of the greatest players of his generation. He is the fourth highest scorer in the history of La Liga, the third highest scoring foreign player after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and is the seventh highest goalscorer in Real Madrid’s history.
Sanchez had an awesome spell in Spain, where he played for; Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively. He scored 234 goals, in 347 appearances in the Spanish league, and has a goal per game ratio of 0.67.
2. CRISTIANO RONALDO – PORTUGAL, 311 GOALS.
At number 2 on our list of Top 10 Foreign Goal Scorers In LaLiga History. We have the amazing Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest player in football history. Cristiano Ronaldo plays as a forward for Portugal and Juventus. Prior to playing for the Serie A giants. Cristiano had an amazing spell in Spain, where he played for Real Madrid.
The Portuguese has won has won five Ballons d’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both of which are records for a European player. After winning a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2018, Ronaldo became the first player to win the trophy five times.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances and has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country.
He scored 311 La liga goals during his stay in Spain, and made 292 appearances for Real Madrid. With a goal per game ratio of 1.07, the highest in the league history.
1. LIONEL MESSI – ARGENTINA, 438 GOALS.
At number one on our list of Top 10 Foreign Goal Scorers In LaLiga History. We have Argentine International, Lionel Messi. The footballer who plays as a forward for both the Argentina and Barcelona National team, is regarded by some as the greatest player in football history., having won a record six Ballon D’or titles.
The Argentine started his professional career with Newell’s Old Boys before moving to Barcelona in 2001. Where he has had an amazing career. Lionel currently has the most hat-tricks and assists in La Liga, having a record of 36 and 181 respectively.
Lionel Messi has scored over 700 senior career goals for club and country. With 438 of these goals scored in La Liga, and has made 474 appearances for Barcelona in the Spanish League. He currently has a goal per game ratio of 0.92, the league’s second highest after Cristiano Ronaldo.
Alright, that’s a wrap on our list of the Top 10 La Liga Highest Goal Scorers Who Weren’t Spaniards.