Comparing legends

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

12 - Villarreal are unbeaten in 12 European games (W9 D3), keeping seven clean sheets in that time. Force. 39 minutes ago

7 - Liverpool have won their last seven home second leg ties in European semi-finals, conceding just one goal in that time. Omens. 50 minutes ago

29 - Arsenal have shipped a league-high 29.4% of their goals from outside the box in the PL this season, Spurs a league-low 3.6%. Range. 5 hours ago

3 – Real v Atletico will be the 3rd time the CL final has been played twice, after Liverpool v Milan and Barcelona v Man Utd. Rivals. 22 hours ago

10 - Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet for the 10th time this CL season, equalling the CL record set by Arsenal in 2005-06. Wall. 22 hours ago

3 – Real Madrid’s progression means three of the last four Champions League finals have been between teams from the same nation. Familiar. 22 hours ago

16 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored twice as many goals (16) as Man City's starting XI (8) in the Champions League this season. Lethal. 4 May

17 - @Cristiano Ronaldo is playing his 17th Semi Final in the @ChampionsLeague today, the joint-most with @XabiAlonso. Experienced. 4 May

6 - Man City are currently unbeaten in six Champions League matches (W3 D3), their longest ever such run in the competition. Form. 4 May

64 - Claudio Ranieri is the oldest man to win his first @premierleague title, at 64 years and 195 days. Veteran. 4 May

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.