The Week in Numbers
CR7 and King Mo set rapid records
From south of Haiti to north of Russia
Germans in England; ex-Red Devils Stateside
goals in Europe’s top leagues is what Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to reach (497 appearances): 84 in the English Premier League, 311 in La Liga in Spain and five in the Italian Serie A. Lionel Messi is next on 390 goals (427 appearances).
UEFA Champions League goals is what Karim Benzema reached to outrank Ruud van Nistelrooy and go fourth on its list of leading marksmen behind Raul (71), Lionel Messi (105) and Cristiano Ronaldo (120). The 30-year-old Frenchman duly became the fourth player to score in more than 13 Champions League campaigns after Messi (14), Raul (15) and Ryan Giggs (16).
places is what Venezuela have rocketed up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in just two years and nine months to equal their personal best of 29th. In January 2016, the only South American nation to have never appeared at the FIFA World Cup™ were beneath the likes of Haiti (now 103rd), Libya (105th) and Equatorial Guinea (146th).
goals for Liverpool is what Mo Salah reached in merely 65 appearances, smashing the club record that Albert Stubbins had held since 1948 (77). The Egyptian, a right-sided attacker, made the half-century considerably quicker than legendary Liverpool strikers Fernando Torres (84 games) John Aldridge (87), Ian Rush (87), Luis Suarez (91), Michael Owen (93), Robbie Fowler (94), Kenny Dalglish (102) and Kevin Keegan (165).
matches unbeaten was the club-record run River Plate lost at Colon on Saturday. Three days later, Gremio recorded their fifth successive victory over River – three of them coming at the Estadio Monumental – in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semi-final. ‘The Millionaires’ must now attempt to beat Gremio for the first time since their current coach Marcelo Gallardo rose from the bench, helped set up one and scored another in a 3-1 win over 20 years ago.
goals is what Mesut Ozil reached to outrank Jurgen Klinsmann and Uwe Rosler and become the outright highest-scoring German in English Premier League history.
passes is what Roma put together in the lead-up to Edin Dzeko’s opener against CSKA Moscow. The 32-year-old became the first player to score in five consecutive UEFA Champions League home matches for an Italian club, and his second left him with ten goals in his last eight appearances in the competition.
goals in the first 50 minutes is what Montpellier – who entered Round 7 having netted just three goals in the 2018/19 D1 Féminine campaign in France – hit in an 11-0 walloping of Metz. Stina Blackstenius, who had not scored for club or country in ten games since bagging a brace to help Sweden thrash Croatia in FIFA Women's World Cup™ qualifying in June, helped herself to five goals.
goals in his last six games is what Wayne Rooney has bagged to help D.C. United win make it five straight victories and reach the MLS Cup play-offs. His old Manchester United strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit six goals in his last five outings to give LA Galaxy a fighting chance of making the postseason.
successive Inter Milan goals against AC Milan is what Mauro Icardi achieved to become the first man in the 109-year history of the Derby della Madonnina to score. Diego Milito is the only other man to have netted more than three consecutive Nerazzurri goals in the fixture.