The Week in Numbers
One man versus 140 clubs
Lightning starts from the ‘Moody Diva’
A header from the depths
UEFA Champions League victories is what Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to reach. Remarkably, the Portuguese has won more matches than 136 of the 140 clubs to have appeared in the competition, with Manchester United (117), Bayern Munich (132), Barcelona (141) and Real Madrid (155) the exceptions.
seasons is what it took the Bundesliga to have three goals scored within the first 60 seconds of a single round. Jonathan de Guzman got one of them for Eintracht Frankfurt, who then incredibly netted within the first minute of their next game against Marseille on Thursday. Its marksman, 20-year-old Luka Jovic, now has 13 goals in his last 11 games for the ‘Moody Diva’.
places on the BSWW Rankings was what Vietnam overcame to conquer the AFF Beach Soccer Championship. Vietnam were thrashed 9-4 in the group stage by Tahiti, who are sixth on the planet and were runners-up at the last two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, but the Golden Dragons exacted revenge with a stunning 6-4 win over the same side in the final.
places is what Kosovo have stormed up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in merely eight months. Last November, they were on a run of nine successive defeats, but a ten-match unbeaten run thereafter, including eight wins, has catapulted them to a personal high of 131st.
goals without reply is what New Zealand scored to waltz their way into a playoff for a place at France 2019. The Football Ferns face Fiji, who qualified for the OFC Women's Nations Cup final for the first time, 35 years after their first attempt, after a Trina Davis-inspired 5-1 upset denied Papua New Guinea a fourth straight appearance in the decider.
goals is what Neymar reached to outrank Kaka and become Brazil’s leading all-time marksman in the Champions League. The 26-year-old now has 11 goals in his last 11 games for Paris Saint-Germain.
goals in Ligue 1 this year is what Florian Thauvin made it with an Amiens-sinking hat-trick – the third-highest return in Europe’s top five leagues behind Lionel Messi (28) and Cristiano Ronaldo (31). The 25-year-old moved on to 62 league goals for Marseille, leapfrogging Andre-Pierre Gignac (59) and assuming outright second on the club’s list of leading marksmen this century behind Mamadou Niang (71).
matches unbeaten – the sixth-longest sequence in Campeonato Brasileiro history – is what Palmeiras reached to become Brazilian champions for a record tenth time. It made 70-year-old Luiz Felipe Scolari the oldest coach to win the competition.
metres was the distance from which Sam Vokes headed home against Newcastle United. It was marginally longer than Robin van Persie’s earth-shaking effort for the Netherlands at Brazil 2014, but the forward narrowly missed out on joining an elite bunch of players to have scored a header from outside the penalty area including Pele (24 yards), Diego Maradona (27 yards), Martin Palermo (43 yards) and Guinness World Record holder Jone Samuelsen (64 yards).
games for club and country was the goal drought Horacio Calcaterra ended by scoring four in Sporting Cristal’s 8-0 win at Sport Rosario.
editions is what it took the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup final to be devoid of an Asian team for the first time. Only three non-Asian nations had made the decider – USA in 2008, France in 2012 and Spain in 2014 – but all four of the Uruguay 2018 semi-finalists came from outside Asia.