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WED 15.05.2019 | NEWS

LaLiga remembers 90 years of professional football history

LaLiga club representatives, sporting institutions and Spanish football legends joined LaLiga as part of this homage.


WED 15.05.2019

It was 90 years ago when the league competition got underway in Spanish stadiums. 90 years have also passed since Pitus Prat scored the first ever goal for RCD Espanyol against Real Union from Irun. Ever since, LaLiga and its fans have enjoyed witnessing the best players in the world, emotion-filled matches that get supporters off their seats week after week and the very highest quality football which has set the benchmark across the globe.

Espanyol's RCDE Stadium was kitted out fittingly to pay tribute to the biggest stars who have made LaLiga history. There was an emotional homage to individuals who have marked LaLiga's path, such as Antoni Ramallets, Luis Aragones and Miguel Muñoz, historic grounds such as El Molinon, players to have featured in the most seasons, such as Cesar Sanchez and Miquel Soler, and the top goalscorers in the competition, such as Leo Messi. The event was an opportunity to look back on 90 years of professional football history.

LaLiga club representatives, sporting institutions and Spanish football legends certainly did not want to miss it and joined LaLiga and the award winners for what was an emotional occasion. Maria Jose Rienda, the president of the High Council for Sport (CSD) was in attendance and stated, "We are so proud to have an organisation like LaLiga with so much history behind it, which is what makes it so essential within sport. Today we congratulate LaLiga on its 90th anniversary and it's vital for us to have an organisation with such a wealth of experience in Spanish sport, because it means things have been done properly and lasted over time."

LaLiga president Javier Tebas was thankful for "the hard work and efforts made by clubs to ensure that first match at the Campo de Sarria took place in 1929, with the league going on to become the best in the world." He also said, "This is a big homage to the stars who have played key roles in the best footballing stories over these 90 years."

The emotional ceremony was hosted by the voices of football on Spanish television over the last two decades, Carlos Martinez and Michael Robinson, who shared anecdotes and evoked passionate feelings from the protagonists.





Real Union

Unai Emery


RCD Espanyol

Raul Tamudo



Longest without conceding


Abel Resino

Fewest goals conceded


Antoni Ramallets



Most games in charge


Luis Aragones

Most LaLiga titles


Miguel Muñoz 



Oldest stadium

El Molinon

Eloy Olaya

Most used stadium


Fernando Gomez and Ricardo Arias





Peña Betica Puerta de la Carne



Peña Recreativista Navidad



Most LaLiga seasons


Miquel Soler



Cesar Sanchez



Ignacio Eizaguirre

Most appearances


Andoni Zubizarreta



Raul Gonzalez Blanco



Top Spanish goalscorer


Telmo Zarra

Top goalscorer


Leo Messi



Most appearances


Paco Gento

Most wins


Leo Messi




Sevilla FC

Jose Castro and Marcelino V. “Campanal”


Real Betis

Rafael Gordillo


RC Deportivo 

Tino Fernandez, Fran Gonzalez and Donato


Real Sociedad

Jokin Aperribay and Luis Arconada


Athletic Club

Aitor Elizegui and Dani


Valencia CF

Juan Cruz and David Albelda


Atletico Madrid

Clemente Villaverde and Adelardo


FC Barcelona

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Guillermo Amor


Real Madrid CF

Emilio Butragueño and Raul G. Blanco

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