Comparing legends

Use Opta data to compare World Cup greats from any era against each other.

2 - Sergio Aguero is only the second player to score a CL hat-trick against Bayern Munich (after Roy Makaay for Deportivo in '02). Surge. 13 hours ago

11 - Sergio Aguero has now scored 11 goals in 11 Champions League appearances since the start of last season. Hero. 13 hours ago

3 - All three of Lionel Messi's goals tonight for Barcelona have been scored with his right foot. Banter. 13 hours ago

10 - Sergio Aguero has now scored 10 goals in 11 Champions League appearances since the start of last season. Deadly. 13 hours ago

5 - Chelsea have scored five goals away from home in the Champions League for only the second time (5-0 vs Galatasaray in 1999). Romp. 13 hours ago

145 - Xavi has now made 145 appearances in the Champions League, more than any other player (Casillas - 144). Icon. 13 hours ago

34 - Lionel Messi has now scored 34 goals in his last 31 Champions League appearances. Mayhem. 13 hours ago

72 - Lionel Messi has now scored more goals in the Champions League/European Cup than any other player. Unstoppable. 14 hours ago

2 - Man City have now conceded 2+ goals in nine of their last 12 Champions League games. Brittle. 14 hours ago

72 - Lionel Messi is now the outright all-time top scorer in the history of the Champions League/European Cup. Legend. 14 hours ago

Historical World Cup Data

Who is the best - Maradona or Messi? Rossi or Ronaldo? Cruyff or Zidane? Opta has the answers.

How? Opta have analysed all of the data from every World Cup finals game dating back to the tournament in England in 1966. This gives us access to a unique set of statistics that can be used for compelling, engaging and newsworthy content.

It can be used to compare players and teams across tournaments, find out trends and milestones as well as providing a new insight into the history of the world's greatest football tournament.

The world's greatest, in glorious Opta detail

The historical World Cup data has been analysed in the same way as our market-leading content from across the world of football. This means that performances can be compared like-for-like across tournaments, players and teams.

The data we have collected from these tournaments includes:

  • Venue details
  • Line ups and player details
  • Possession
  • Shots on/off target (by player and team)
  • Passes successful/unsuccessful (by player and team)
  • Duels won/lost (by player and team)
  • Fouls won/lost (by player and team)
  • Crosses
  • Assists
  • And many, many more

And every bit of data has a time stamp and an x/y co-ordinate, allowing for detailed analysis using touchmaps, heatmaps and average position information.

For more information on how you could use this unique data set for your PR or marketing campaign or World Cup coverage, contact us.