Each of these footballers are legends in their own right and have always dominated the scoring charts.
La Liga is one of the most popular football competitions around. Spain’s first division has been home to some of the best players in the world. Several world-class strikers have played in the Spanish league. However, Lionel Messi has dominated the league’s scoring charts. The Argentine has also netted more hat-tricks than anyone in the history of La Liga.
Clubs from Spain have been dominant in European competitions. Much of this is down to the attacking talent they possess. Diego Maradona, Luis Suarez, Telmo Zarra Alfredo Di Stefano, Ronaldinho are some of the forwards that have played in La Liga. These stars are considered as some of the best footballers of their generation, if not all-time.
Let’s have a look at the players with the most La Liga hat-tricks.
5. Edmundo Suarez (19)
The forward is a Spanish great. He is best known for his spell with Valencia. The striker spent 11 years at Los Che. He scored over 180 goals for the club and is their leading goalscorer. Nicknamed “Mundo,” the Spaniard played for the club from 1939 to 1950.
Mundo Suarez also played for Athletic Club and Alcoyano in the Spanish league. But, the majority of his goals came in Valencia colours. The Spaniard netted 19 hat-tricks in La Liga.
4. Alfredo Di Stefano (22)
Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all-time, Alfredo Di Stefano represented three national teams. The striker has multiple international appearances for Argentina, Colombia and Spain. But, he spent most of his time playing in the Spanish league and for the national side. Di Stefano is one of the most successful players in Real Madrid’s history.
He led the all-conquering Real Madrid side of the 1950s and 1960s. The Los Blancos won five European Cups and eight league titles during Di Stefano’s 11-year spell. He is also the third-highest goalscorer in the club’s history.
Di Stefano also represented Espanyol in the Spanish league. He spent a couple of years with the Barcelona club. The striker netted 22 hat-tricks in La Liga. He also has 227 goals in the Spanish league and is sixth on the all-time list.
3. Telmo Zarra (23)
The Spaniard is one of the greatest players in the country’s history. He spent the majority of his football career at Athletic Club and is a legend at the Basque outfit. Zarra holds multiple goalscoring records in Spanish football. He was also La Liga’s leading goalscorer for more than six decades. His record has since been surpassed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The footballer spent 15 seasons at Athletic Club and became a prolific goalscorer. He won the Pichichi Award – most goals in La Liga – on six occasions, the second-most in history.
The Athletic Club legend is the third leading scorer in the Spanish league with 251 strikes. In his 15-year La Liga career, Telmo Zarra netted 23 hat-tricks.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (34)
The Portuguese footballer is a modern-day great. He is known for his goalscoring prowess and holds scoring records in multiple leagues. Ronaldo spent nine years at Real Madrid and leads the scoring charts for the club. The Madeira-born footballer won countless trophies with Los Blancos. This included two La Liga titles and four Champions League triumphs.
Ronaldo scored 450 goals for Real Madrid and is second in La Liga’s all-time scoring charts. The Portuguese has a goals-to-games ratio of better than anyone for Los Blancos. In his nine-year Spanish league career, he netted 34 hat-tricks. He scored his last treble in the league on March 18, 2018, against Girona. Ronaldo is also the all-time highest goalscorer in football history with more than 800 goals in his professional career.
1. Lionel Messi (36)
The Argentine superstar has the most hat-tricks in La Liga history. Lionel Messi netted 36 trebles in his career in the Spanish league. He played for Barcelona from 2007 to 2021, before leaving the club. The Rosario-born footballer holds multiple goalscoring records in Spain’s first division.
Lionel Messi is the leading scorer in La Liga history. He scored 474 goals in 520 appearances for Barcelona. The Argentine skipper has also won the most Pichichi Awards. Messi was crowned as La Liga’s top scorer on eight occasions.