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La Liga
Champions Barcelona
25th title
Relegated Deportivo La Coruña
Las Palmas
Málaga
Champions League Barcelona
Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid
Valencia
Europa League Villarreal
Real Betis
Sevilla
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1024 (2.69 per match)
Top goalscorer Lionel Messi
(34 goals)
Best goalkeeper Jan Oblak
(0.59 goals/match)
Biggest home win Girona 6–0 Las Palmas
(13 January 2018)
Real Madrid 7–1 Deportivo La Coruña
(21 January 2018)
Real Madrid 6–0 Celta Vigo
(12 May 2018)
Biggest away win Levante 0–5 Atlético Madrid
(25 November 2017)
Real Betis 0–5 Barcelona
(21 January 2018)
Highest scoring Real Betis 3–6 Valencia
(15 October 2017)
Real Madrid 6–3 Girona
(18 March 2018)
Levante 5–4 Barcelona
(13 May 2018)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Valencia
Longest unbeaten run 36 matches
Barcelona
Longest winless run 16 matches
Las Palmas
Longest losing run 8 matches
Las Palmas
Highest attendance 97,939
Barcelona 2–2 Real Madrid
(6 May 2018)
Lowest attendance 0
Barcelona 3–0 Las Palmas
(1 October 2017)
Total attendance 10,221,182
Average attendance 26,968
← 2016–17
2018–19 →

The 2017–18 La Liga season, also known as LaLiga Santander for sponsorship reasons, was the 87th La Liga season. The season began on 18 August 2017 and ended on 20 May 2018. The fixtures were released on 21 July 2017.

Real Madrid were the defending champions. Barcelona, won the league title on 29 April 2018 with four matches left.

Teams

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

A total of 20 teams competed in the league: the 17 teams from the 2016–17 season and the 3 promoted teams from the 2016–17 Segunda División. The three promoted teams included the two top teams from the Segunda División and the winners of the play-offs.

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Alavés Vitoria-Gasteiz Mendizorrotza &&&&&&&&&&019840.&&&&&019,840
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés &&&&&&&&&&053289.&&&&&053,289
Atlético Madrid Madrid Wanda Metropolitano &&&&&&&&&&067703.&&&&&067,703
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou &&&&&&&&&&099354.&&&&&099,354
Celta Vigo Vigo Balaídos &&&&&&&&&&029000.&&&&&029,000
Deportivo La Coruña A Coruña Abanca-Riazor &&&&&&&&&&032912.&&&&&032,912
Eibar Eibar Ipurua &&&&&&&&&&&07083.&&&&&07,083
Espanyol Cornellà de Llobregat RCDE Stadium &&&&&&&&&&040500.&&&&&040,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez &&&&&&&&&&017000.&&&&&017,000
Girona Girona Montilivi &&&&&&&&&&013450.&&&&&013,450
Las Palmas Las Palmas Gran Canaria &&&&&&&&&&032400.&&&&&032,400
Leganés Leganés Butarque &&&&&&&&&&011454.&&&&&011,454
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València &&&&&&&&&&026354.&&&&&026,354
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda &&&&&&&&&&030044.&&&&&030,044
Real Betis Seville Benito Villamarín &&&&&&&&&&060720.&&&&&060,720
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu &&&&&&&&&&081044.&&&&&081,044
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta &&&&&&&&&&032000.&&&&&032,000
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán &&&&&&&&&&042714.&&&&&042,714
Valencia Valencia Mestalla &&&&&&&&&&049500.&&&&&049,500
Villarreal Villarreal Estadio de la Cerámica &&&&&&&&&&024890.&&&&&024,890

Personnel and sponsorship

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Alavés Spain Abelardo Fernández Spain Manu García Kelme LEA, Araba-Álava, Qubo, Euskaltel, Integra Energía
Athletic Bilbao Spain José Ángel Ziganda Spain Markel Susaeta New Balance Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Gabi Nike Plus500
Barcelona Spain Ernesto Valverde Spain Andrés Iniesta Nike Rakuten, UNICEF, Beko
Celta Vigo Spain Juan Carlos Unzué Spain Hugo Mallo Adidas Estrella Galicia 0,0, Luckia, Abanca
Deportivo La Coruña Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Spain Pedro Mosquera Macron Estrella Galicia 0,0, Abanca, Luckia
Eibar Spain José Luis Mendilibar Spain Dani García Puma AVIA, Wiko
Espanyol Spain David Gallego (caretaker) Spain Javi López Joma Riviera Maya, InnJoo, SportyCo
Getafe Spain José Bordalás Spain Jorge Molina Joma Tecnocasa Group, Granitos Buenavista
Girona Spain Pablo Machín Spain Eloi Amagat Umbro Orgull Gironí, Costa Brava
Las Palmas Spain Paco Jémez Spain David García Acerbis Gran Canaria, Grupo DISA, IOC, Kalise Menorquina, beCordial Sports, Binter Canarias, Volkswagen Domingo Alonso
Leganés Spain Asier Garitano Argentina Martín Mantovani Joma GoldenPark, Sambil Outlet Madrid, BeSoccer, Elephone
Levante Spain Paco López Spain Pedro López Macron Jawwy, València, Baleària
Málaga Spain José González Spain Recio Nike Marathonbet, Benahavís, BeSoccer
Real Betis Spain Quique Setién Spain Joaquín Adidas Greenearth, Estadio Benito Villamarín, Wiko, Reale Seguros, BeSoccer
Real Madrid France Zinedine Zidane Spain Sergio Ramos Adidas Emirates
Real Sociedad Spain Imanol Alguacil Spain Xabi Prieto Adidas Euskaltel, Kutxabank, Reale Seguros
Sevilla Spain Joaquín Caparrós (caretaker) Argentina Nicolás Pareja New Balance Playtika, #Cordiality
Valencia Spain Marcelino Spain Dani Parejo Adidas BLU, beIN Sports, Sesderma, Alfa Romeo
Villarreal Spain Javier Calleja Spain Bruno Joma Pamesa Cerámica, Jawwy
1. On the back of shirt.
2. On the sleeves.
3. On the shorts.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Athletic Bilbao Spain Ernesto Valverde Resigned 23 May 2017 Pre-season Spain José Ángel Ziganda 24 May 2017
Barcelona Spain Luis Enrique End of contract 29 May 2017 Spain Ernesto Valverde 29 May 2017
Las Palmas Spain Quique Setién 30 June 2017 Spain Manolo Márquez 3 July 2017
Valencia Spain Voro End of interim spell 11 May 2017 Spain Marcelino 11 May 2017
Real Betis Spain Alexis Trujillo 26 May 2017 Spain Quique Setién 26 May 2017
Celta Vigo Argentina Eduardo Berizzo End of contract 30 June 2017 Spain Juan Carlos Unzué 28 May 2017
Sevilla Argentina Jorge Sampaoli Signed by Argentina 20 May 2017 Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 1 June 2017
Alavés Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino Resigned 29 May 2017 Argentina Luis Zubeldía 17 June 2017
Alavés Argentina Luis Zubeldía Sacked 17 September 2017 20th Italy Gianni De Biasi 22 September 2017
Villarreal Spain Fran Escribá 25 September 2017 14th Spain Javier Calleja 25 September 2017
Las Palmas Spain Manolo Márquez Resigned 26 September 2017 15th Spain Pako Ayestarán 27 September 2017
Deportivo La Coruña Spain Pepe Mel Sacked 24 October 2017 17th Spain Cristóbal Parralo 24 October 2017
Alavés Italy Gianni De Biasi 27 November 2017 20th Spain Abelardo Fernández 1 December 2017
Las Palmas Spain Pako Ayestarán 30 November 2017 19th Spain Paco Jémez 21 December 2017
Sevilla Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 22 December 2017 5th Italy Vincenzo Montella 28 December 2017
Málaga Spain Míchel 13 January 2018 19th Spain José González 13 January 2018
Deportivo La Coruña Spain Cristóbal Parralo 4 February 2018 18th Netherlands Clarence Seedorf 5 February 2018
Levante Spain Juan Muñiz 4 March 2018 17th Spain Paco López 4 March 2018
Real Sociedad Spain Eusebio Sacristán 18 March 2018 15th Spain Imanol Alguacil 18 March 2018
Espanyol Spain Quique Sánchez Flores 20 April 2018 16th Spain David Gallego (caretaker) 20 April 2018
Sevilla Italy Vincenzo Montella 28 April 2018 7th Spain Joaquín Caparrós (caretaker) 28 April 2018

League table

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 28 9 1 99 29 +70 93 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Atlético Madrid 38 23 10 5 58 22 +36 79
3 Real Madrid 38 22 10 6 94 44 +50 76
4 Valencia 38 22 7 9 65 38 +27 73
5 Villarreal 38 18 7 13 57 50 +7 61 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
6 Real Betis 38 18 6 14 60 61 −1 60
7 Sevilla 38 17 7 14 49 58 −9 58 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
8 Getafe 38 15 10 13 42 33 +9 55
9 Eibar 38 14 9 15 44 50 −6 51
10 Girona 38 14 9 15 50 59 −9 51
11 Espanyol 38 12 13 13 36 42 −6 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 14 7 17 66 59 +7 49
13 Celta Vigo 38 13 10 15 59 60 −1 49
14 Alavés 38 15 2 21 40 50 −10 47
15 Levante 38 11 13 14 44 58 −14 46
16 Athletic Bilbao 38 10 13 15 41 49 −8 43
17 Leganés 38 12 7 19 34 51 −17 43
18 Deportivo La Coruña (R) 38 6 11 21 38 76 −38 29 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Las Palmas (R) 38 5 7 26 24 74 −50 22
20 Málaga (R) 38 5 5 28 24 61 −37 20
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played)
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Barcelona 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Atlético Madrid 8 4 6 5 3 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Real Madrid 1 5 7 4 8 6 5 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Valencia 7 8 9 9 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Villarreal 18 19 13 7 9 14 9 8 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5
Real Betis 19 12 15 12 7 5 6 9 7 8 8 9 8 11 12 8 14 10 7 11 13 10 8 10 7 9 10 8 8 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6
Sevilla 11 9 3 2 2 3 2 5 8 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7
Getafe 13 14 10 14 14 10 12 14 14 11 12 10 12 8 7 10 8 11 9 9 9 11 11 9 11 10 11 11 9 11 11 10 9 9 7 8 8 8
Eibar 4 11 16 13 13 16 18 16 17 17 17 17 15 13 13 9 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 7 9 7 8 9 11 10 10 12 12 12 12 10 9 9
Girona 9 6 11 15 15 17 16 17 15 13 10 11 10 12 9 7 10 13 10 10 10 9 10 8 10 8 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 11 10
Espanyol 10 13 18 16 16 12 14 13 13 10 13 14 13 15 16 16 15 15 14 14 14 15 15 16 15 13 15 13 14 13 15 16 16 16 15 15 14 11
Real Sociedad 3 1 2 3 6 8 8 7 9 9 7 7 7 9 10 11 9 12 15 15 15 14 14 12 14 15 12 14 15 15 13 11 11 11 10 11 10 12
Celta Vigo 14 16 12 17 17 13 11 10 10 14 11 13 9 10 11 13 11 14 11 7 7 8 9 11 8 11 9 10 10 9 9 9 10 10 11 12 13 13
Alavés 15 18 20 20 19 20 19 19 19 20 18 19 20 19 18 18 17 18 17 16 17 16 16 15 16 14 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 13 13 13 12 14
Levante 6 7 8 8 5 9 10 12 12 12 14 12 14 14 15 15 16 16 16 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 15 15
Athletic Bilbao 12 10 4 6 10 11 13 11 11 15 15 15 16 16 14 14 12 8 12 12 12 13 13 14 12 12 14 12 13 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 16 16
Leganés 5 3 5 10 11 7 7 6 5 7 9 8 11 7 8 12 13 9 13 13 11 12 12 13 13 16 13 15 12 14 14 14 14 15 16 17 17 17
Deportivo La Coruña 20 15 17 18 18 18 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Las Palmas 16 20 14 11 12 15 17 18 18 18 19 20 19 18 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19
Málaga 17 17 19 19 20 19 20 20 20 19 20 18 18 20 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

Source: BDFutbol

Leader and 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage
2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage
2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage
2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
Relegation to 2018–19 Segunda División

Results

Home \ Away ALA ATH ATM BAR CEL DEP EIB ESP GET GIR LPA LEG LEV MGA BET RMA RSO SEV VAL VIL
Alavés 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–3
Athletic Bilbao 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Atlético Madrid 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Barcelona 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 6–1 5–0 0–0 6–1 3–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 5–1
Celta Vigo 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 4–2 0–0 3–2 2–2 2–3 4–0 1–1 0–1
Deportivo La Coruña 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–4 1–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–1 0–3 2–4 0–0 1–2 2–4
Eibar 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–4 0–0 3–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 5–0 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 1–0
Espanyol 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 0–2 1–1
Getafe 4–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–0
Girona 2–3 2–0 2–2 0–3 1–0 2–0 1–4 0–2 1–0 6–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–2
Las Palmas 0–4 1–0 1–5 1–1 2–5 1–3 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–2
Leganés 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–0 3–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–1
Levante 0–2 1–2 0–5 5–4 0–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Málaga 0–3 3–3 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–0
Real Betis 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–5 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 3–2 4–0 2–1 3–5 0–0 2–2 3–6 2–1
Real Madrid 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 6–0 7–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 6–3 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 5–2 5–0 2–2 0–1
Real Sociedad 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–4 1–2 5–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 5–0 2–2 3–2 3–0 0–2 4–4 1–3 3–1 2–3 3–0
Sevilla 1–0 2–0 2–5 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 3–5 3–2 1–0 0–2 2–2
Valencia 3–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–4 2–1 4–0 0–1
Villarreal 1–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–2 2–3 1–0
Source: BDFutbol

Season statistics

Scoring

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 34
2 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 26
3 Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona 25
4 Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo 22
5 Uruguay Cristhian Stuani Girona 21
6 France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 19
7 Uruguay Maxi Gómez Celta Vigo 17
8 Wales Gareth Bale Real Madrid 16
Spain Gerard Espanyol
Spain Rodrigo Valencia

Top assists

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 12
Spain Pablo Fornals Villarreal
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona
4 France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 10
5 France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 9
Portugal Gonçalo Guedes Valencia
Denmark Pione Sisto Celta Vigo
Denmark Daniel Wass Celta Vigo
9 Spain Jordi Alba Barcelona 8
Spain José Ángel Eibar
Mexico Andrés Guardado Real Betis
Spain José Luis Morales Levante

Zamora Trophy

The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper has to have played at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.

Rank Name Club Goals
against
Matches Average
1 Slovenia Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid 22 37 0.59
2 Germany Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona 28 37 0.76
3 Spain Vicente Guaita Getafe 26 33 0.79
4 Brazil Neto Valencia 33 33 1.00
5 Spain Pau López Espanyol 31 28 1.11

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date Round
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Espanyol 5–0 (H) 9 September 2017 3
Italy Simone Zaza Valencia Málaga 5–0 (H) 19 September 2017 5
Argentina Lionel Messi4 Barcelona Eibar 6–1 (H) 19 September 2017 5
Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Bakambu Villarreal Eibar 3–0 (H) 1 October 2017 7
Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo Las Palmas 5–2 (A) 16 October 2017 8
Spain Ibai Gómez Alavés Girona 3–2 (A) 4 December 2017 14
Kenya Michael Olunga Girona Las Palmas 6–0 (H) 13 January 2018 19
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Sociedad 5–2 (H) 10 February 2018 23
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Girona 6–1 (H) 24 February 2018 25
France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Sevilla 5–2 (A) 25 February 2018 25
France Antoine Griezmann4 Atlético Madrid Leganés 4–0 (H) 28 February 2018 26
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo4 Real Madrid Girona 6–3 (H) 18 March 2018 29
Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo Sevilla 4–0 (H) 7 April 2018 31
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Leganés 3–1 (H) 7 April 2018 31
Colombia Carlos Bacca Villarreal Celta Vigo 4–1 (H) 28 April 2018 35
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Deportivo La Coruña 4–2 (A) 29 April 2018 35
Ghana Emmanuel Boateng Levante Barcelona 5–4 (H) 13 May 2018 37
Brazil Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Levante 4–5 (A) 13 May 2018 37
Note

4 Player scored 4 goals; (H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Discipline

  • Most yellow cards (club): 134
    • Getafe
  • Fewest yellow cards (club): 62
    • Real Sociedad
  • Most yellow cards (player): 16
    • Colombia Jefferson Lerma (Levante)
  • Most red cards (club): 8
    • Málaga
  • Fewest red cards (club): 0
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • Girona
  • Most red cards (player): 2

Overall

LFP Awards

Monthly

Month Player of the Month Reference
Player Club
September Italy Simone Zaza Valencia
October Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Bakambu Villarreal
November Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo
December Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona
January Spain Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao
February France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid
March Spain Rodrigo Valencia
April Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona
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