Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the headlines this weekend, as he and Manchester United got off to a winning start in their much-hyped reunion. Elsewhere in England, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea all won, while Crystal Palace beat Spurs to end the league’s only remaining 100% record. Oh, and Arsenal won. No, seriously. In Spain, Karim Benzema celebrated the re-inauguration of the Santiago Bernabeu with a sublime hattrick, while Atletico Madrid needed a late, late goal to beat Espanyol. Ronaldo 4507 The two Madrids are joined at the top by… Valencia, who swatted aside Osasuna. Germany saw Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both register comfortable wins (yes, those two scored. Of course). It is, though, Wolfsburg who remains atop the standings with the only 100% record in the league. Meanwhile, three teams are tied atop Serie A with 3 wins out of 3 – AS Roma, AC Milan, and Napoli. Juventus are 16th with one point.Ronaldo 4507. Ronaldo 4507. Ronaldo 4507
By The Numbers brings you the best stats from the weekend that flew by –
The match against Crystal Palace was the first time that Harry Kane had neither a shot nor a touch in the opposition’s box (when he has played the full 90) in his PL career.
Odsonne Edouard’s goal 28 seconds after coming on as a substitute for Crystal Palace was the fastest goal scored by a player on their PL debut.
The PL’s first own goal of this season was scored by Watford’s Francisco Sierralta against Wolves. What makes it particularly quirky is that Wolves had attempted 69 shots of their own before this went in — their first league goal of 2021-22.
Paul Pogba’s seven assists in Manchester United’s opening four games is the most any player has registered in the first four matches of a PL season.
It is also more than he managed in the previous two PL seasons. Combined.
Mohamed Salah is the 5th fastest to reach the 100 PL goal milestone (162 apps). The only four who were faster? Alan Shearer (124), Harry Kane (141), Sergio Aguero (147) and Thierry Henry (160).
Meanwhile, teammate Sadio Mane has now scored 97 career PL goals; tying Emmanuel Adebayor for 3rd most PL goals by an African player. The two who have more? Didier Drogba (104) and, of course, Salah.
This weekend saw Chelsea’s 600th all-time win in the PL. They are only the 2nd team to reach this milestone, after Manchester United (690 wins).
Karim Benzema has been involved in 9 goals in the opening four games of this season (5 goals, 4 assists). Only one player has been involved in as much for Real Madrid in the opening four games of a LaLiga season in the 21st century — Cristiano Ronaldo (also 9, all goals).
At 98:56, Thomas Lemar’s goal was the latest game-winning goal in LaLiga in the last 12 seasons (since 2010-11, as per ESPN’s available data set).
With his hattrick against Celta Vigo, Benzema has now scored 197 LaLiga goals — the tenth highest in the league’s all-time top scorers list.
This is only the second time in their last 52 campaigns that Juventus have failed to win any of their first three games of the season in Serie A. The last time was in 2015/16 — they would still go on to win the league by nine points that year.
AC Milan have won their first three league games for two seasons in a row for the first time in Serie A history.
Roma’s late win against Sassuolo marked Jose Mourinho’s 1000th game in his managerial career (all competitions). He has won 638 of these.
Robert Lewandowski is now on a 17-game scoring streak in all club competitions with Bayern Munich. That breaks Gerd Müller’s record for longest scoring streak by a player for a German club (16 games in 1969-70),
Just a reminder, Lewandowski has now scored 45 goals in 35 games across all competitions for club and country in 2021. Incredible. He should have his own ‘watch’, shouldn’t he?
Ronaldo (at 36 years, 218 days old) is the oldest player to score 2+ goals in a PL game for Manchester United. In fact, only two players have ever scored for the club in the PL at an older age than Ronaldo – Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
This was the 200th multi-goal game in Cristiano Ronaldo’s career (club and country). Since you’re wondering, Lionel Messi reached his 200th multi-goal match on Thursday vs. Bolivia.
Here’s a break-up of how that’s gone down:
2 goals — Ronaldo 143, Messi 145
3 goals — Ronaldo 47, Messi 48
4 goals — Ronaldo 8, Messi 6
5 goals — Ronaldo 2, Messi 1
There were 4, 507 days between PL goals for Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2nd-longest span between goals in the league’s history (since 1992-93). Matt Jackson went 4,934 days between goals (1993 to 2006). It also marks the 2nd-longest span between goals with a club in PL history (since 1992-93). Wayne Rooney went 4,868 days between goals with Everton (2004 to 2017)