Spain's top division is known to many as the league of stars, showcasing some of the world best footballers and most historic clubs.  Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta work their magic on legendary clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as they compete in one of the world's best leagues.  In La Liga BBVA, every match day is guaranteed to bring a display of skill and action unlike any other in the world.

HISTORY

In 1929, ten teams were select to form the Primera Division by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol. The teams selected were the previous winners of the Copa del Rey: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Arenas Club de Getxo, and Real Union. Club Esportiu Europa, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol qualified as the runners up of the Copa del Rey, while Racing de Santander qualified through a knockout competition. 

The very first winner of the competition was Barcelona, but it was Athletic Bilbao that set the early pace winning the Primera Division winning 4 titles in 7 years. As it stands today, Real Madrid are winningest team of the competition with a record 32 titles. F.C. Barcelona is the current champions and hold 22 titles. Out of the La Liga founding teams, Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only teams to have never been relegated from the first Division.

La Liga BBVA was suspended during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930's. Atletico Madrid, known then as Atletico Aviacion, were the dominant champions of the 1940's until Barcelona's emergence began in the later half of the decade. 

The 1950's saw the Barcelona and Real Madrid dominance, that we still see today, emerge. Real Madrid would go on to win an unprecedented 5 European Cups consecutively during the late 1950's and go on to win 14 more league titles in the coming decades. 

La Liga BBVA's history is brimming with success. From the early days of dominance by Real Madrid, to the masterful class seen at Barcelona today. La Liga BBVA is ranked as the best league by UEFA's coefficients. 

FORMAT

The competition follows the usual round-robin format where, during the course of the season, each team will play each other twice, once at home and once away. Teams are ranked through a point system based on their Win-draw-loss record. Each win is given a 3 point value, while a draw earns both teams 1 point and no points for a loss. The highest ranked club at the end of the season is crowned the champion. 

The top teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League tournament with the first, second and third place teams qualifying directly. The fourth placed team enters the a playoff stage to determine the group stage. Teams placed in the 5th and 6th positions qualify for the UEFA Europa League along with the domestic cup winners. If both teams in the cup final have already qualified to either tournament, an additional berth is given to the team that finishes in 7th.