La Liga, Spain’s top soccer league, plays host to some of the biggest names in the global sport. Though other leagues may feature better top-to-bottom talent, few can boast fielding as many stars as La Liga giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid. Because of the vast talent disparities between teams, however, La Liga (much like the English Premier League) is one of the most popular footballing leagues upon which people bet.
Prior to La Liga’s existence in Spain, the footballing landscape of the country was fragmented to say the least. As such, in 1927, Jose Maria Acha, a director at one of Spain’s more prominent clubs, brought forth the idea of a Spanish national league.
Shortly thereafter, and after many heated debates, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol agreed upon the inaugural ten teams to be featured in the new league. Those clubs that were allowed entrance into the new La Liga were winners and runners-up in the famous Copa Del Rey and one team (Racing de Santandar).
The first La Liga season was held in 1929 and was won by Barcelona. La Liga continued for a few more seasons, but after 1936 play was suspended due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Barely more than two years later, La Liga was back for the 1939-1940 season. In the following years, La Liga was won by a number of different teams, but by the 1950s and 1960s Barcelona and Real Madrid established themselves as two of the premier teams in the league.
While other teams have threatened in recent years, these two rivals have more or less dominated the league. Nowadays, the La Liga regular season begins towards the end of August and runs until the early springtime. While regular season games are betted upon most commonly, there are also other competitions taking place during the regular season that also draw a good bit of bettor attention.
Top Events to Bet On
Copa Del Rey
The Copa Del Rey competition was founded in 1903 and is actually older than La Liga itself. Nowadays, the Copa Del Rey competition involves more than 80 teams—spanning across more than 3 Spanish soccer leagues.
While teams from lower leagues are in the tournament, they are most often eliminated by La Liga sides. Barcelona is the most successful team in Copa Del Rey history, having won 26 titles. The tournament kicks off during the early fall and continues through to the end of the La Liga season.
Supercopa de España
The Supercopa de España, simply referred to as Supercopa, is a two-match competition played between the winners of La Liga and the winner of the Copa Del Rey competition. The two matches are held just prior to the kicking off of the La Liga season.
This is an especially important Spanish competition because it typically features two of the country’s best sides.
Top La Liga Players Historically
La Liga, through its storied history, has played host to some of the biggest stars in world soccer. In recent years, the number of stars who have graced the pitches of La Liga clubs is only seeming to grow. For many people, the sheer quantity of individual talent present in La Liga is what separates it from other leagues around the world. Some of the most popular and well-known players from La Liga include:
Cristiano Ronaldo – Cristiano was long a star player in the English Premier League, but really rose to superstar status when he arrived at Real Madrid. At this point, Ronaldo has played nearly 170 games in La Liga and has scored just two goals shy of 180.
Lionel Messi – Messi is often regarded as being one of, if not, the best player in the world. He is an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses and can carve through them with ease. For his club team Barcelona, he has scored 245 goals in just less than 280 matches.
Ronaldo – Not to be confused with the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, the Brazilian Ronaldo was also a star for the famed Real Madrid. In just 127 appearances for the Spanish capital’s top team, Ronaldo was able to record more than 80 goals. He was also a superstar for his country.
While there are many other superstar players in La Liga, these are known more than any others. The league and the teams involved in it are top class and considered to be among the best in the world. Spanish teams are consistently finding themselves in the last stages of the biggest competitions in Europe, and that is no coincidence. Bettors love the league, and for good reason too. The competition is fierce and always attractive to watch and bet on.