Real Madrid’s 65-game scoring streak
Real Madrid has grown leaps and bounds under Zinedine Zidane, and they have broken Bayern Munich’s 61-matches goal scoring spree. Real Madrid drew goalless against Manchester City in UCL 2015/16 semifinal second leg, since then they have scored against every opposition in every club competition.
Starting with a win 1-0 win over Real Sociedad, Real has managed to put four past Buffon in 2016/17’s UCL final stretching it to 65. Zizou’s side has been ruthless, and the numbers speak for themselves.
Kylian Mbappe, the first player to score in four Champions League knockout match
The 19-year old French is already a sensation in World football and is a hot pursuit for many big clubs. The 2016/17 season catapulted him straight into the limelight where he helped AS Monaco lift the domestic league after 16 years.
The French poster boy was brilliant in AS Monaco’s run to the semifinals where he scored in four consecutive knockout games scoring against Manchester City over two legs and repeating the same feat against Borussia Dortmund. He had also scored against Juventus in the second leg of the semifinal, albeit the only goal Monaco could conjure up.
Chelsea winning the league with most number of victories (30)
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea was brilliant throughout the 2016/17 domestic campaign, which earned them their sixth domestic league. In the process, Conte’s Chelsea broke Jose Mourinho’s record back in 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons where they won 29 times in the league.
The game against Sunderland where Hazard, Willian, Pedro, and Batshuayi scored goals for fun helped them achieve this feat. Chelsea will look to emulate the same next season.
Barcelona overcoming a 4-goal deficit in Champions League history
Everyone wrote Barcelona off when they conceded four against PSG in the round of 16’s first leg. The match at Camp Nou seemed to be a mere formality, but the home crowd was right behind their team, and when Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the third minute, it looked like a miracle was on the cards.
A Kurzawa own goal and a Lionel Messi penalty made things intriguing, but a Cavani volley made it look an impossible dream. Then came Neymar with an 81st-minute swashbuckling free kick, and a calm penalty finish led to one of the nerviest injury minutes. Neymar floated a delightful chip into the box where Sergi Roberto got ahead of his marker and sent the crowd into delirium. However, the match was plagued by few controversial decisions, and PSG looked far from the side they were in the first leg.
Ronaldo becoming European League’s top scorer
It is hard to ignore Cristiano Ronaldo when you are reading a post related to broken records. In another feat, the talismanic Portuguese went on to score 100 goals in European club competition edging past all-time rival Lionel Messi. He achieved this feat against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the quarter-final after a 600+ minute European goal drought.
Ronaldo went on to score 100 Champions League goals, another milestone and was an integral part of Real’s success.
Celtic bagging the most points in a season
Celtic FC is truly the invincible of Scottish League, and their whopping 106 points is the best ever managed by a Scottish side. Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic won the league with eight games to spare and won 34 games, managing to remain unassailable throughout the campaign.
Such was the campaign that the second position Aberdeen could only manage 76 points. Celtic FC has displayed an astonishing brand of attacking football, and could well work wonders in the Champions League next season.
Real Madrid winning back to back Champions League
The Spanish side finally managed to become the first side ever to retain Europe’s most coveted club trophy in the Champions League era. Richly deserved as Zidane’s men were leaps and bounds ahead of other big European clubs this season.
Real Madrid defeated Juventus 4-1, while the latter was deemed as favourites to life the trophy. A strong all-round display showed why Real Madrid could be a team for the ages. A formidable squad with the right proportion of wisdom and exuberance and the never-say-never attitude were the major reasons behind Real’s success. Real Madrid was able to lift the elusive 33rd La Liga crown after an emphatic domestic season as well.