After an eventful week that saw some records broken and/or matched, some were particularly eventful and worth a highlight
Real Madrid became the first club in history to win all 6 group stage matches in 2 different seasons. Plus they equaled the record for biggest points difference between first and second place in the group stage in the UCL when they left an 11-point gap between them and second-placed Basel.
More importantly perhaps is the fact that Real Madrid on Tuesday became the Spanish club with the longest winning streak in all competitions in history after beating Ludogorets and registering their 19th consecutive win. Ancelotti’s men won 9 matches at home and 10 away while scoring 71 goals and conceding just 9 in the historic run. The run included 11 wins in La Liga, 6 in the Champions League, and finally 2 in the Copa del Rey. Real Madrid will be looking to win the next 5 matches in hopes of equaling the world record of most consecutive wins set by Coritiba in 2011 (24 wins).
In contrast, Barcelona’s winning run lasted 18 matches in which they won 13 consecutive La Liga matches, 3 Champions League matches, and 2 Copa del Rey matches. A big difference between Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s winning runs is the fact that the capital club won more away matches than home ones while Barca registered 11 home wins vs. 7 away wins in their streak.
The latest La Liga round also saw an extension in the Cristiano/Messi rivalry as both players notched a hatrick. Cristiano’s hatrick saw him move to the top of the list of most hatricks in La Liga’s history while Messi is now just 2 behind him. Sandwiched in between are Di Stefano and Zarra who both registered 22 hatricks in their career.
In related news, Cristiano’s hatrick vs. Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu last Saturday saw him become the quickest player in Spain’s history to reach 200 Liga goals, breaking the previous record held by Athletic’s Telmo Zarra. Indeed, reaching 200 Liga goals after just over 5 years from playing his first match in the league is especially noteworthy. He is still 56 goals behind his ‘arch-nemeses’ Lionel Messi with the later now in his new spot atop the all-time scoring list.
Finally, with Cristiano and Messi both scoring hatricks and Carlos Bacca notching up his 10th goal of the season, the landscape of the top scorers and assisters is worth taking a look at; especially in combing them for a goals + assists chart.