Away from the media spotlights that point to the big leagues, Welcome Marañón and Pablo Gállego accumulate goals this season in the Philippines Football League and in the Nicaraguan First League, tournaments in which they have been uncovered like the Spaniards who have celebrated the most in the world.
If in Spain Mikel Oyarzabal, with six hits, and Paco Alcácer, with five, are the ones who have achieved the most goals, above them other less well known players keep increasing their scoring income almost every league match. In fact, the only ones who have surpassed the Real Sociedad and Villarreal players are Marañón and Gallego, who this season accumulate seven goals in their leagues.
Pablo Gállego, icon in Nicaragua
Polyglot and teacher, the midfielder, born in Huesca, is the classic example of the footballer who looks for chickpeas outside his country. Until arriving at Managua, his current club, he passed through Greece (AEL Larissa), Albania (Kastrioti), lived a first stage at Real Esteli de Nicaragua and played in Spanish teams such as Lealtad, Cacereño, Sariñena, Almudévar or the Teruel.
From the Aragonese table made the leap to Managua last season, in which he signed an impressive first year to become one of the best players in the country. That year, he monopolized all the spotlights of Nicaraguan football and he won the Cup, the first for his entity.
Now, the 2020/21 campaign is off to a good start. Has not lowered the level and He already has 7 goals in the League over 16 games. From August 2 to November 9, he scored against Junior, Real Madriz, Real Estelí and doubled against Juventus Managua and ART Jalapa.
In just a season and a half it has become a Nicaraguan soccer icon. He is one of the best and even in the Central American country there is talk of a possible future presence in the national team. Meanwhile, Gállego fights his team to qualify in the top six of the tournament to access the playoffs for the opening title.
Welcome Marañón, the ‘killer’ of the Philippines
In the ranks of United City of the Philippines, formerly called Ceres-Negros, Bienvenido Marañón is an idol in the Asian country. Formed in the lower categories of Betis, after passing through Rayo Sanluqueño, Cádiz, Villarrubia or Móstoles, in 2015 he decided to change of scene and it already accumulates five years in the Philippines.
There, in the month of March before the stoppage generated by the coronavirus, he managed to become the All-time AFC Cup scorer (equivalent to the Europa League but Asian) after scoring his 35th goal in the competition.
And this Bienve course has started strong in the Philippine League. Between October 28 and November 9, he made a triplet to Mendiola FC 1991, another to Stallion and added another to Maharlika. His seven goals in just five games make him the most effective Spanish player of all those who play in a First Division League across the planet, including the Spanish one.
By ranking, plays for one of the most powerful clubs in Southeast Asia. They have achieved this thanks to their results in the AFC Cup. Since Bienve arrived in the Philippines, Ceres-Negros reached the semifinals of Southeast Asia in 2017 and 2019 and the final in 2018. In the last two seasons, they have been the top scorer of the competition.
At 34 years old and with the surname of a great scorer (Rafael Marañón, top scorer in the history of Espanyol), Bienve still has rope for a while, could play for the Philippine national team in the future and he hopes to maintain a scoring streak that right now allows him to be the best Spanish scorer of the course together with Pablo Gállego.
Both Gállego and Bienvenido Marañón are the examples of football work unknown in Europe. Other footballers like Jesús Jiménez in the ranks of Gornik Zabrze in Poland or Sergio Suárez in Port MTI in Thailand are close to their numbers. They have scored six goals, the same as Oyarzabal. But they do not reach the seven accredited by Gállego and Bienve, the best Spanish scorers in all the leagues in the world.
List of Spanish scorers in world leagues
– With 7 goals: Welcome Marañón (United City / Philippines), Pablo Gallego (Managua / Nicaragua).
– With 6 goals: Jesús Jiménez (Gornik Zabrze / Poland), Sergio Suárez (Port MTI / Thailand).
– With 4 goals: Higinio Marín (Ludogorets / Bulgaria), Martín (Honka / Finland), Carlitos López (Panathinaikos / Greece), Rufo Herráiz (Sandefjord / Norway), Jesús Imaz (Jagiellonia / Poland), Ivi López (Rakow / Poland), Santi Cazorla ( Al-Sadd / Qatar), Andrés Iniesta (Vissel Kobe / Japan).
– With 3 goals: Angeliño Tasende (Leipzig / Germany), Sito Riera (AEL Limassol / Cyprus), Connor Ruane (Inter Turku / Finland), Adrián Sardinero (OFI Crete / Greece), Pedro Rodríguez (Rome / Italy), Víctor Moya “Chuca” (Wisla / Poland), Borja Valle (Dinamo Bucharest / Romania), Unai Bilbao and Ian González (Nexaca / Mexico)
– With 2 goals: Abraham González (AEK Larnaca), Manuel Torres (AEL Limassol), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Pablo Fornals (West Ham / England), Álvaro Morata (Juventus / Italy), Exposito (Slask / Poland), Daniel Ramírez (Lech / Poland), Jefté Betancor (Voluntari / Romania), David Mayoral (Hermannstadt / Romania),, Rufino Segovia (Selangor / Malaysia), Daniel García “Toti” (Pathum United / Thailand)
– With 1 goal: Christian Manrique (Nicosia / Cyprus), José Naranjo and Joan Trujols (AEK Larnaca / Cyprus), José Antonio Delgado “Nono” (Slovan Bratislava / Slovakia), Ian Soler (Michalovce / Slovakia), Javi Hervás (Honka / Finland), Ander Herrera (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Cristian López and Javier Matilla (Aris / Greece), Luis Fernández and Adrián Riera (Asteras Tripoli / Greece), Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United / England), Oriol Romeu (Southampton / England), Brahim Díaz (Milan / Italy), Alberto López and Carles Pérez (Lazio / Italy), Gabriel Izquier (Hibernians / Malta), Marcos Celorrio (Sandefjord / Norway), Álex Grimaldo (Benfica / Portugal), Javi García (Boavista / Portugal) , Mario González (Tondela / Portugal), Pedro Porro (Sporting / Portugal), Pablo González (Sigma Olomouc / Czech Republic), Juan Cámara (Dinamo Bucharest / Romania), Ion Gaztañaga (Viitorul Constanta / Romania), David Batanero (Mjallby / Sweden), Jordi Quintilla and Víctor Ruiz (St. Gallen / Switzerland), David Humanes / Ararat / Armenia), Dani Nieto (Independent of V alle / Ecuador),, Diego Diz (Samtredia / Georgia), Fernando Rodríguez (Johor / Malaysia), David Rochela (Port MTI / Thailand), Martin Bengoa (Moghreb Tetouan / Morocco), Jorge Vidal (Juventus Managua / Nicaragua), José Manuel Jaquez (Cibao / Dominican Republic)
The United States MLS scorers are excluded, which has not yet finished the 2020 season cut off due to the coronavirus and in which Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto) has scored 9 goals, Bojan Krkic (Montreal Impact) has scored 4, Álvaro Medrán (Chicago Fire) has reached 2 and Andreu Fontàs (Sporting Kansas City) has added 1.