- We spotlight some intriguing stats from FIFA Club World Cup history
- One broke a Pele record for a senior men’s FIFA tournament
- Bale, Maldini, Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez and Zanetti feature
seconds is all Al Ain’s Mohamed Ahmed required to head home the fastest goal from kick-off in FIFA Club World Cup™ history against Esperance at UAE 2018. It broke Diego Tardelli’s record, set for Atletico Mineiro against Guangzhou Evergrande in 2013, by 32 seconds.
years and three months was the age at which Alexandre Pato broke Pele’s record – set for Brazil against Wales at Sweden 1958 – to become the youngest scorer in a senior FIFA men’s tournament. Pato had never even made a professional appearance when he was named in Internacional’s Japan 2006 squad, though he netted one minute into his debut three days later. Javier Zanetti, who was 37, is the competition’s oldest marksman.
goals is what makes Gamba Osaka 3-5 Manchester United at Japan 2008 the highest-scoring match in Club World Cup history. Two finals have produced an unparalleled six goals: AC Milan 4-2 Boca Juniors in 2007 and Real Madrid 4-2 Kashima Antlers in 2016. The competition has never produced a victory by more than a four-goal margin.
Brazilians clubs will have participated in the FIFA Club World Cup when Flamengo follow Corinthians, Vasco da Gama, Sao Paulo, Internacional, Santos Atletico Mineiro and Gremio – a new record. Brazil currently shares the seven-side record with Mexico.
goals is what makes Cristiano Ronaldo the leading marksman in the competition’s history, having netted once for Manchester United in 2008, four times for Real Madrid in 2016 and twice for the same side the following year. Gareth Bale is next on six goals, while Cesar Delgado, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have five apiece. All Suarez’s goals came at Japan 2015, making him the leading marksman at one edition.
finals have not been Europe versus South America. Corinthians faced fellow Brazilians Vasco da Gama in the first, while Congolese TP Mazembe, Moroccans Raja Casablanca, Japanese Kashima Antlers and Emirati Al Ain played Old Continent opposition in the 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019 deciders respectively.