Stats: Messi and Ronaldo's scoring struggles and Salah goes past Drogba

Goals, cards, even more goals, a complete disavowal of the concept of defending -- but that's enough of Manchester United vs. Liverpool. Just how good was the football over the past couple of days, eh? In the weekend of great inter-city derbies, PSG went a man down but managed to hold Marseille at bay, Real Madrid beat Barcelona to widen the gap at the top, and Juventus came back late on to share the spoils with Inter. Elsewhere, Chelsea and Manchester City won handsomely. As did Arsenal. AC Milan won, Napoli drew and the two are now tied on points atop Serie A. In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich won (of course they did), but so did Borussia Dortmund and the two are separated by just a point.

By The Numbers brings you the best stats from the weekend's action in Europe's big leagues --

Premier League


A quirky stat to start off -- Josh King is just the third player to score a Premier League hat-trick against a side he's previously played for in the competition, after Andy Cole (for Manchester United vs. Newcastle) and Marcus Bent (for Wigan vs. Blackburn).

On a related note, Watford are the first team in PL to trail after 75 minutes and yet win the game by 3+ goals.


Liverpool have won consecutive league games by 5+ goals for only the second time in the top-flight. (The first time? April 1935).

They are also just the second team in English top-flight history to win consecutive away games by a margin of 5+ goals without conceding themselves, after... Manchester United in February/March 1960.


This was Manchester United's heaviest ever defeat at home to Liverpool. It was also the first time they lost at home by 5+ goals without scoring since February 1955 (5-0 vs. Man City).


Liverpool has scored 3+ goals in each of their last 6 away PL matches (22 goals in total), The only other team to have had such a run in PL history? Manchester United, last season (also 6)


Mohamed Salah has now scored in 10 straight appearances in all competitions - since 2017-18, he's only the 4th player for a club within Europe's top five leagues to manage this, after Cristiano Ronaldo (Apr 2018), Duvan Zapata (Jan 2019) and Robert Lewandowski (3 times).


Salah is the first away player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford for over 18 years, since Ronaldo did so for Real Madrid back in April 2003 in the Champions League.


Mason Mount is the 20th different player to score a PL hat-trick for Chelsea, with only Arsenal (21) having more different hat-trick scorers in the competition.


What a stat. All 52 of Michail Antonio's PL goals have been scored from inside the penalty area. Only Tim Cahill (56) and Javier Hernandez (53) have scored more goals in the competition with 100% of them coming from inside the box.


Salah has now scored 106 goals in the PL, making him now the outright top African goalscorer in the competition's history, surpassing Didier Drogba (104).


Jurgen Klopp now has 200 career wins with Liverpool in all competitions -- fastest to the milestone in club history (331 matches).



Valencia are the only LaLiga team in the last 20 years to avoid defeat after entering stoppage time trailing by multiple goals (they were down 0-2 to Mallorca). Since 2010-11, LaLiga teams were 0 W 1591L 0D in those situations prior to Valencia's draw.


Atletico Madrid have won more points from losing positions than any other side in the top five European leagues in 2021 (25).


Karim Benzema has been involved in 16 goals in 8 LaLiga games this season (9 goals, 7 assists), the best start in goal involvement at this stage in the competition in the 21st century after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014/15 (16 goals, 1 assist).


Alexander Isak is the first player to both score and assist in a LaLiga game against Atletico at the Metropolitano. The last to do so at the Vicente Calderón was Cristiano Ronaldo, in April 2012 (3 G, 1 A).


Ronald Koeman is only the second manager in LaLiga history to lose his first three Clasicos, after Patrick O'Connell between 1935 and 1940, (also with FC Barcelona).


Real Madrid have won their last four games in all competitions against Barcelona, their best run in Clasicos since 1965 (7). It is also the first time since 1962-65 that they have won consecutive away Clasicos.


Aged 33 years and 144 days, Sergio Aguero is the oldest player to score in his first Clasico appearance in LaLiga in the 21st century.



Robert Lewandowski has 10 goals in Bundesliga this season. He's the first player to reach double digit goals in Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, LaLiga, Premier League, Primeira Liga or Eredivisie this season. LewanGOALski for a reason.


Manuel Neuer won his 300th Bundesliga game (in his 447th game) this weekend. Only Oliver Kahn has more wins in Bundesliga history (310).

Serie A


Paulo Dybala is the first Juventus player to score in three consecutive matches against Inter in Serie A in the three points per win era (since 1994/95).


AC Milan have won eight of their opening nine games of a Serie A season for just the second time in their history (previously in 1954/55).

Messi Ronaldo watch

Messi didn't score, his team drew. Ronaldo didn't score, his team lost (to put it lightly). It was not a happy weekend for the duo.


Messi is now scoreless through 4 Ligue 1 games. This is the longest he has gone without scoring to open up a league season since 2005-06, when he did not score his first goal until his 6th game. In terms of minutes, it's 280 league minutes without scoring. That 2005-06 season was also the longest in terms of minutes he had to wait for his first goal (289 minutes).


Ronaldo, meanwhile, may have scored in the PL already, but he is now on a 4-game PL scoreless streak, his longest league scoreless streak since Nov 2017.


This Sunday was only the second time in 617 top-flight league appearances that Ronaldo has ended on the losing side by 5+ goals in a match, with the other a 5-0 defeat as a Real Madrid player against Barcelona in November 2010.

(Stats courtesy ESPN's Stats & Information Group)