SK Stat Attack: Ronaldo makes La Liga history as Real Madrid extend their unbeaten run against Gijon
Ronaldo, Real Madrid and Zidane all rewrote the record books against Sporting Gijon
Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon saw plenty of records tumble as Los Blancos extended their unbeaten run in all competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo was also on the scoresheet against a spirited Gijon, breaking plenty of La Liga and personal milestones with a couple of goals on an evening that saw Madrid extend their lead over Barcelona to seven points atop the La Liga table.
Madrid made a storming start to the game, with Ronaldo scoring from the spot in the 5th minute after Lucas Vazquez was fouled. The Portuguese superstar swiftly followed that up with a header from Nacho’s left-wing cross to make it 2-0 to Madrid in the 18th minute. Carmona’s 35th minute strike set the cat among the pigeons, with Gijon missing a penalty in the second half and the chance to earn a draw.
Here are the stats from a record – breaking night in La Liga:
1 – Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in La Liga history to score 30+ goals in seven consecutive calendar years.
1 – Cristiano Ronaldo also became the first player ever to score 50+ goals for club and country in six consecutive calendar years.
100 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 100 braces for Real Madrid in his career, in all competitions.
101 – Real Madrid have scored 101 goals in 2016 – Only Barcelona (104) have more in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
1 – The penalty awarded to Real Madrid in the 3rd minute was the fastest in La Liga in the 21st century, and the first given at the Bernabeu this season.
28 – Since 2012/13, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 28 headers in the league, 5 more than any other player of Europe’s top 5 leagues.
150 – Ronaldo’s penalty was his 150th La Liga goal at the Bernabeu.
424 – Ronaldo’s penalty ended a run of 424 minutes without a home goal in La Liga, last scoring on 10th September in the Bernabeu.
10 - Ronaldo is the top scorer in La Liga with 10 goals, with Leo Messi and Luis Suarez behind him on 8 goals.
31 – Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid equalise the second-longest unbeaten run of a Real Madrid side, with Carlo Ancelotti going 31 games unbeaten in 2013/14, 3 short of the all-time record of 34 games unbeaten in 1988/89
86 – Zinedine Zidane has 86 points in his first 33 games – better than any other manager in La Liga history.
20 – Real Madrid’s undefeated start to the season in all competitions is their longest in 20 years – they last did it in 1996/97
81.8% – Zinedine Zidane has the best win rate of all of Real Madrid’s managers in La Liga history.
4 – Four of the last five penalties that Keylor Navas has faced have not gone in the net.
6 – Sporting Gijon have managed to find the net in each of their last 6 games at the Santiago Bernabeu.
60 – Real Madrid average 3 goals a game in all competitions, having scored 60 goals in 20 games this season.