- New chapter of 'Messi v Ronaldo' planned
- Ronald Koeman, Giovanni Reyna and James Rodriguez feature
- FIFA.com rounds up the best stats from this past week
250 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid is what Karim Benzema became the fifth player to reach. The Frenchman trails Santillana (290), Alfredo Di Stefano (308), Raul (323) and Cristiano Ronaldo (450).
Aston Villa's extraordinary 7-2 win over Liverpool meant The Reds became the first reigning English champions to concede seven times in a league match for 67 years. Tottenham claimed an equally remarkable 6-1 victory at Manchester United as the Premier League's early-season goal avalanche continued.
Juventus and Barcelona were drawn in the same group for the upcoming UEFA Champions League season this week, setting the football world abuzz at the prospect of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off once again. The two icons have competed in 35 games in all competitions. Messi has won more games (16-10, D9) and scored more goals (22-19) in those encounters than Ronaldo.
Thirty-three years had passed since a team from one of Europe’s big five leagues scored four or more goals in their first three league games until Atalanta followed up 4-2 and 4-1 away wins over Torino and Lazio respectively with a 5-2 victory over Cagliari. Michel, Emilio Butragueno and Hugo Sanchez helped Real Madrid achieve the feat in La Liga in 1987/88.
17-year-old Giovanni Reyna became the youngest player to record a hat-trick of assists in Bundesliga history on Saturday, setting up two for Erling Haaland and one for Emre Can in Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win over Freibrug.
It had been 17 years since AC Milan had won a penalty shootout in a European continental competition - when they defeated Juventus in the 2003 UEFA Champions League final at Old Trafford - before they ended that run on Thursday with a 9-8 marathon spot-kick win over Rio Ave.
Eight MLS clubs is what Kei Kamara became the first player in history to score for by getting his first goal for Minnesota United. The former Sierra Leone forward had previously scored for Columbus Crew, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids.
Seven straight wins in all competitions have been racked up by Everton for the first time in 126 years. The Toffees’ perfect start to the 1894/95 campaign was matched yesterday when they brushed aside Brighton 4-1 at Goodison Park. The in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring with another header, his seventh such goal in the Premier League since the start of last season – more than any other player. James Rodriguez also impressed again for the Merseyside outfit, setting up one and scoring another two – his first brace in over 18 months. Having now scored two goals and assisted another three this season, the Colombian has already been directly involved in two more goals for Everton in five appearances than he managed in 14 outings for Real Madrid last season (1 goal, 2 assist).
Max Kruse scored for his sixth different Bundesliga club in Union Berlin's win over Mainz on Friday. Only Michael Spies has scored for more clubs in the German top flight (seven).
Ronald Koeman joined some esteemed company when he guided Barcelona to victory over Celta Vigo midweek. He became the third Dutch coach to win his first two La Liga matches with the Catalan giants after Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal.
A piece of history was made on Sunday with the maiden edition of the women's Clasico in Spain. And it proved a memorable one for champions Barcelona who ran out 4-0 victors over their new rivals, while Patri Guijarro had the honour of scoring the first goal in the fixture.
Ludogorets, LASK and Antwerp: none of Totteham Hotspur's current players or manager Jose Mourinho have ever faced any of the three group stage opponents they drew for the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League. Spurs qualified for the group stage with a convincing 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday where Harry Kane scored his 12th hat-trick for the club. Since the 2014/15 season only three players have scored more hat-tricks in all competitions across the English, French, Italian, Spanish and German leagues: Cristiano Ronaldo (23), Lionel Messi (22) and Sergio Aguero (14).
Atletico de Madrid have registered goalless draws in two of their opening three La Liga games for the first time in the competition’s history. In Saturday's stalemate with Villarreal, Diego Simeone's side failed to register even a single shot on target - the first time that has happened in a top flight match at the Wanda Metropolitano.