La Liga Winners List: Spanish League Winners and Runners-Up

Real Madrid and Barcelona top the list

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Real Madrid are the most successful club in Spanish league history. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images

Spain’s Primera Division—called La Ligais made up of 20 teams. The usual round-robin format applies, where teams play each other twice, home and away. At the end of the season, each team will have played 38 games. The team with the most points at the end of the season is the champion. A table below shows the complete breakdown with winners and runners-up every year dating back to the league's inception in 1929.

The contests were only interrupted for three years in the late 1930s due to the Spanish Civil War.

La Liga differs from some other leagues in that teams’ head-to-head records are used to separate them if they are equal on points. Whichever team has the best goal difference in the two matches will be placed highest if the points are equal. If head-to-head goal difference is the same, goal difference over the entire season is used, and then goals scored.

La Liga Champs Since 1929

The dominant clubs in Spain have been Real Madrid (33 title wins), Barcelona (25), Atletico Madrid (10) and Athletic Bilbao (8), as the table below shows. In the deciding match of the 2017/18 contest, Barcelona star Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Philippe Coutinho added a goal to give their team a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna and an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid, the "Los Angeles Times" reported.

La Liga Winners and Runners-Up

Year

Winners

Runners-Up

2017/18

Barcelona

Atletico Madrid

2016/17

Real Madrid

Barcelona

2015/16

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2014/15

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2013/14

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

2012/13

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2011/12

Real Madrid

Barcelona

2010/11

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2009/10

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2008/09

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2007/08

Real Madrid

Villarreal

2006/07

Real Madrid

Barcelona

2005/06

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2004/05

Barcelona

Real Madrid

2003/04

Valencia

Barcelona

2002/03

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

2001/02

Valencia

Deportivo La Coruna

2000/01

Real Madrid

Deportivo La Coruna

1999/00

Deportivo La Coruna

Barcelona

1998/99

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1997/98

Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao

1996/97

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1995/96

Atletico Madrid

Valencia

1994/95

Real Madrid

Deportivo La Coruna

1993/94

Barcelona

Deportivo La Coruna

1992/93

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1991/92

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1990/91

Barcelona

Atletico Madrid

1989/90

Real Madrid

Valencia

1988/89

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1987/88

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

1986/87

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1985/86

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1984/85

Barcelona

Atletico Madrid

1983/84

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

1982/83

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

1981/82

Real Sociedad

Barcelona

1980/81

Real Sociedad

Real Madrid

1979/80

Real Madrid

Real Sociedad

1978/79

Real Madrid

Sporting Gijon

1977/78

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1976/77

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

1975/76

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1974/75

Real Madrid

Zaragoza

1973/74

Barcelona

Atletico Madrid

1972/73

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona

1971/72

Real Madrid

Valencia

1970/71

Valencia

Barcelona

1969/70

Atletico Madrid

Athletic Bilbao

1968/69

Real Madrid

Las Palmas

1967/68

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1966/67

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1965/66

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid

1964/65

Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1963/64

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1962/63

Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1961/62

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1960/61

Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1959/60

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1958/59

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1957/58

Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1956/57

Real Madrid

Sevilla

1955/56

Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona

1954/55

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1953/54

Real Madrid

Barcelona

1952/53

Barcelona

Valencia

1951/52

Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao

1950/51

Atletico Madrid

Sevilla

1949/50

Atletico Madrid

Deportivo La Coruna

1948/49

Barcelona

Valencia

1947/48

Barcelona

Valencia

1946/47

Valencia

Athletic Bilbao

1945/46

Sevilla

Barcelona

1944/45

Barcelona

Real Madrid

1943/44

Valencia

Atletico Aviacion

1942/43

Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla

1941/42

Valencia

Real Madrid

1940/41

Atletico Aviacion

Athletic Bilbao

1939/40

Atletico Aviacion

Sevilla

1938/39

Spanish Civil War

 

1937/38

Spanish Civil War

 

1936/37

Spanish Civil War

 

1935/36

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

1934/35

Real Betis

Real Madrid

1933/34

Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid

1932/33

Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao

1931/32

Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao

1930/31

Athletic Bilbao

Racing Santander

1929/30

Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona

1929

Barcelona

Real Madrid