Monday, October 18, 2021

UCL Stats: Cristiano Ronaldo equals Lionel Messi’s 36; Barcelona 0; Erling Haaland 63

Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Manchester United lost at Young Boys, Lionel Messi didn’t as PSG drew with Club Brugge. Sheriff Tiraspol top a group that contains Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Bayern Munich swatted Barcelona aside. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool all ended up winners by a single goal margin, while Ajax and Manchester City ran up tennis scores.

Tuesday night was the first time Barcelona hadn’t hit a shot on target in a UCL match since OPTA started tracking shots data in -5. Quite naturally, this was also their lowest expected goal output in a game in the last seasons in league and European competitions as per ESPN’s dataset (385 games). Their xG? ..

This was the first time that Barcelona have lost a home opener in a UCL season ( wins, draw previously). It’s also the first time they have lost 3 straight home games in the UCL. Barca have been outscored in those 3 losses by a combined score of – (3- vs. Bayern, – vs. PSG, 3- vs. Juventus).

Manchester City are the second fastest team to 5 wins in UCL history (9 games), after Real Madrid (88 games).

C33%A9bastien-Haller”>Sebastian Haller is the nd player from a “non-Big 5 league” club to score goals in a UCL game after Luiz Adriano, who scored 5 for Shakhtar (Ukraine) in -5.

Manchester United attempted shots on Tuesday (both Ronaldo, the last of them coming in the 5th minute). That’s their fewest in a UCL game since -.

Christopher Nkunku (RBL) is the th player to score a hat trick in a UCL match for the losing team after Irfan Can Kahveci for Istanbul Basaksehir, Gareth Bale for Tottenham and Ronaldo Nazario for Real Madrid. He is, though, the only one to have lost that particular game by 3 or more goals.


Manchester United have lost seven of their UCL matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In fact, 3% of their total defeats in the competition have come under Solskjaer (7/5) – this despite the fact that he has been in charge for only .8% of their matches (/3).


Robert Lewandowski is inevitable. He has extended his scoring streak in all club competitions to 8 matches – he’s scored 8 goals during this streak.

In fact, since 9-, he has scored 3 goals in 93 (club) games. That’s easily the most for a player in a top five European league (Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo tied nd with 76).

8 years 78 days

Jude Bellingham is the youngest player to score in consecutive UCL matches, narrowly breaking Mbappe’s record (8years, 85 days in March 7).

9 years 99 days

In sharp contrast, Sevilla’s starting XI vs. Salzburg had an average age of 9y 99d, the oldest starting XI in UCL history.

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Real Madrid’s Rodrygo has scored 6 UCL goals, and he’s done that with just shots. His .9% shot conversion rate is the highest in the competition since – (min. 5 goals). Erling Haaland is second at .%.

Speaking of Haaland, the goal-machine averages a goal every minutes in the UCL, the best goals per minute ratio in the history of the competition among all players with at least UCL goals.

Young Boys is the th different team that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored against in the UEFA Champions League. That is tied with Lionel Messi for most opponents faced with a goal in UCL history.

In 68 Champions League appearances since turning 3, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored goals – 35 more than any other player has scored aged 3 or older in Champions League history. In fact, the only people in UCL history who have scored more overall are – Raul and Karim Benzema (7), Ronaldo himself before he turned 3 (7), Robert Lewandowski (73) and Lionel Messi ().


Lionel Messi is the th player to make 5+ UEFA Champions League appearances after Iker Casillas, Ronaldo, and Xavi.


In fact, with his 77th appearance, Ronaldo has tied Iker Casillas for the most appearances in UEFA Champions League history.

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