Spain has produced some quality footballers over the years, which has seen them become one of the best national sides since the turn of the millennium.
The country also has some of the world’s biggest sports teams, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – because one major city can not only have one team to conquer the region – and Valencia, to name a few.
La Liga is one of the biggest leagues in the world at the present moment, however, that could be because of the foreign stars it has attracted – the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo shoot to mind – who top the scoring charts constantly.
However, on a closer look, you will find that it has been a while since a Spaniard has topped those tables, with the last being Daniel Guiza in the 2007-08 season. Upon further inspection, you have to go back a further six years before that to see another home talent to top the table.
1. 2007-08 Daniel Guiza
ST – Daniel Guiza. Vital to Spain's Euro 2008 campaign. Greatest finisher ever. Said that Suarez kisses his posters. pic.twitter.com/CWKEaE56cp
— Andrew (@DabbingCoon) February 7, 2016
The Real Mallorca man surprised everyone in the European Championships year, when he scored 27 times in 37 appearances for the Islanders, which led to him being named in the Spain side that lifted the trophy.
2. 2001-02 Diego Tristan
The Deportivo La Coruna star had a successful time when with the Galician side, scoring 20 times in 35 appearances, however, things shortly went downhill for the player who was touted with so much potential.
3. 1998-99/2000-01 Raul Gonzalez
Las ESTADÍSTICAS de RAÚL GONZÁLEZ como FUTBOLISTA:
✗ 939 PJ en CLUB
✗ 404 GOLES
✗ 102 PJ con SELECCIÓN
✗ 44 GOLES
LEYENDA DE ESPAÑA. 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/8Um6UoDJiQ
— Real Madrid (@RealMadridPlus_) September 1, 2017
The legendary Real Madrid striker, most commonly know just by his first name, was as prolific as it came – before the time of Messi and Ronaldo (CR7). He bagged 25 goals in 37 matches in ‘99 and almost replicated that feat scoring 24 in 36 two years later.
4. 1999-00 Salva Ballesta
‘Salva’ was named the top goalscorer in between Raul’s two years at the top, netting 27 times in 36 matches for Racing Santander – a club who wish they could still have a striker that was capable of finding the net that often.
5. 1991-92 Manolo
The striker, who represented Spain in Italia ‘90, managed to score 27 times in 36 appearances for Atletico Madrid. He finished his career with a strike rate of almost one goal every three La Liga matches – not bad going!