Statistics: 19th Inter Milan Scudetto, Lionel Messi 28
Another great football weekend, another great collection of numbers to sort through. Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Sevilla FC have all won in La Liga. Only two points separate the first three, and if Sevilla wins their game in hand, only count three points between the first four. In Ligue 1, Lyon’s thrilling victory at AS Monaco means the top two have opened a small gap – Lille leads PSG by a lonely point. In the Premier League, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all won comfortably. And then there was the game that didn’t start – Manchester United v. Liverpool postponed after a fan protest outside and inside Old Trafford.
The biggest news of the weekend, however, came from Italy, where Atalanta’s 1-1 draw at Sassuolo saw Inter Milan crowned Serie A champions.
It was Anonio Conte’s fourth Serie A title, which puts him tied with Carlo Carcano for fifth all-time. The four managers above him? Fabio Capello and Marcelo Lippi with five, Massimiliano Allegri with six and Giovanni Trapattoni with seven.
He is also only the second manager to win with Inter and Juventus, something only Trapattoni had done before.
Inter’s title means Juventus’ streak of nine consecutive titles is over. It was the longest in the history of the top five European leagues.
It was Inter’s first Scudetto in 11 seasons. They last won with Jose Mourinho as head coach in 2009-10.
Since this victory for Mourinho, each of the last 11 Scudetti were won by Italian managers (Conte x4, Allegri x6, Sarri x1).
It was the 19th title in Inter history. This makes them the second most successful club in Italy, breaking a tie with big rivals AC Milan. The only team with more? Juventus, with 36.
Romelu Lukaku was instrumental in the success of Inter. In fact, he is the first player to record over 20 goals and over 10 assists in a single Serie A season since 2004/05 (when this data collection began). The only other player with over 20 goals and over 10 assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season is Tottenham’s Harry Kane (21 G, 13 A).
In case you were wondering, Cristiano Ronaldo has done it five times since 2010-11. The only player to have done it more times during this period? Lionel Messi, with 9.
Atletico Madrid have now kept 17 clean sheets in the league this season. That’s the most in La Liga and is tied for second among clubs in the top five European leagues (tied with PSG and Chelsea. Only Lille and Manchester City have more – both 18)
A hug each for Ronaldo and Messi means there’s a lot for this section this time around.
Juventus clings to third place by a thread (leads AC Milan by goal difference and Napoli by two points). A Ronaldo side have never finished outside of the top three in a league season.
It was Ronaldo’s ninth Serie A multi-goal game this season, tied with Robert Lewandowski for second in Europe’s top five leagues. Only Erling Haaland has more, with 10.
28 against 27
Messi now has 28 league goals (leads La Liga by seven), while Ronaldo has 27 league goals (leads Serie A by six). Only one footballer among the five best goals in the European Championship has more, a little more. Lewandowski leads the race for the European Golden Shoe with 36.
Messi has now scored 31 goals in 36 games against Valencia. The other teams against which Messi has scored more than 30 goals are Sevilla (38) and Atletico Madrid (32).
56 against 57
Messi has now scored 56 direct free-kick goals (50 for club and 6 for country). Ronaldo has 57 such goals (47 for the club, 10 for the country).
(Statistics provided by ESPN Statistics and Information group)