Tottenham Hotspur’s Roberto Soldado third in this prestigious list, Manchester United star Radamel Falcao fifth

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado and Manchester United star Radamel Falcao both make it to a prestigious La Liga list.

Roberto Soldado may be struggling for goals for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment, but during his time in La Liga he was one of the better strikers.

According to Opta Stats, the Spain international has scored the third-most number of hat-tricks in La Liga since the 2003-04 season.

Soldado, who joined Spurs from Valencia in the summer of 2013, scored seven hat-tricks during his time in Spain, which also included spells at Real Madrid, Osasuna (on loan) and Getafe.

 

As shown in the list above, only Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi have scored more hat-tricks than Soldado in the past 10 or so years.

Interestingly, Radamel Falcao is fifth on that list with just 52 goals and four hat-tricks in the league. But that record should not be sneered at.

That’s because the Colombia international striker, who joined Manchester United from AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day, played in the Spanish top flight for just two seasons.

Falcao featured for Atletico Madrid for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns, during which time he helped them win the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

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