Europe’s big five leagues in numbers
We deliver standout numbers from Europe’s big five leagues
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Who were the youngest players to appear?
goals made Paris Saint-Germain the most prolific team in Europe’s big five leagues in 2018/19 ahead of Manchester City (95), Barcelona (90), Liverpool (89) and Bayern Munich (88). Manchester City boasted the best goal difference: +72.
points is what runners-up Liverpool finished the 2018/19 Premier League with. It would have been enough for them to win 25 of the 27 Premier League seasons, and the top-flight titles in France, Germany, Italy and Spain this term ahead of Paris Saint-Germain (91), Bayern Munich (78), Juventus (90) and Barcelona (87).
goals in 34 appearances is what Lionel Messi scored in the 2018/19 La Liga to win his third consecutive European Golden Shoe and sixth overall. Four-time recipient Cristiano Ronaldo is the only other player to have won more than two. Messi gave Argentina their seventh European Golden Shoe – Hector Yazalde triumphed in 1973/74 – to leave them one shy of record winners Portugal.
goals in 29 games is what Kylian Mbappe netted to finish as the second-leading marksman in Europe’s top five leagues ahead of Fabio Quagliarella (26) and Duvan Zapata (23). No player had finished a season with more goals before turning 21 since Ronaldo hit 34 for Barcelona in 1996/97.
matches without losing is what Juventus went within 2018/19 – the longest undefeated streak of the 98 clubs in Europe’s top five leagues ahead of Barcelona (23). Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain put an unparalleled 14 successive victories together.
goals is what Liverpool, inspired by Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, conceded in the 2018/19 Premier League – the fewest in Europe’s top five championships. Curiously, in four of them, the team who conceded the fewest goals – Atletico Madrid (29), RB Leipzig (29), Liverpool (22) and Lille (33) – didn’t become champions.
years and 30 days made Fulham’s Harvey Elliott not only the youngest player in Premier League history, but also the youngest player to appear in one of Europe’s big five leagues in 2018/19. Another three players made appearances as 16-year-olds: Nice's Pedro Brazao, Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes and Real Sociedad's Ander Barrenetxea, who became the ninth-youngest player in history to score in La Liga.
assists is what made Eden Hazard – the adidas Silver Ball winner at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – the top creator of goals among Europe's big five leagues. He was followed by Ryan Fraser (14), Jadon Sancho (14), Joshua Kimmich (13), Lionel Messi (13), Pablo Sarabia (13) and Teji Savanier (13).
goals is what Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic struck against Fortuna Dusseldorf in October – the most a player scored in a game in one of Europe’s big five leagues this season. Kylian Mbappe and Duvan Zapata struck four times against Lyon and Frosinone respectively. Sergio Aguero, Mbappe, Messi (all 3), Wissam Ben Yedder, Edinson Cavani, Josip Ilicic, Wout Weghorst and Zapata (all 2) netted more than one hat-trick.
gave the Bundesliga comfortably the most goals per games of the top five European leagues. It was followed by the Premier League (2.82), Serie A (2.68), La Liga (2.59) and Ligue 1 (2.56). Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat of Huesca was the highest-scoring game.
team from Europe’s big five leagues were in the bottom half at the halfway stage and qualified for the UEFA Champions League: Valencia. After merely one win from their opening 11 matches, Dani Parejo, Denis Cheryshev, Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo and Co claimed 50 points – 1.9 per game on average – thereafter to pip Getafe and Sevilla to fourth on the final day.