The official Barça website recently published an article reporting on the number of goals scored by the First Team. It explained that Messi and Villa had scored 54.7% of the 126 goals scored this season.
That got me curious about how that statistic compared to other teams, so I set about analysing the Barça result with Real Madrid, as well as the 1st and 2nd placed teams in the German, English and Italian Leagues – Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Napoli.
Below are the results for each of the teams:
% OF TOTAL GOALS BY TOP 3 SCORERS AND THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
Once I had that data, I entered the information into a Summary Table and ascertained the percentages of goals scored for each team by its Top Scorer, Top 2 Scorers, Top 3 Scorers and those goals scored by the Rest of the team:
Top Scorer Comparison
When comparing Messi (43.7%), as Barcelona’s top scorer, to those in other teams, only Napoli’s Cavani (44.6%) has scored more as a percentage of total goals. Madrid’s Cristiano (39.8%) is 3rd, and there is then a significant drop down to Dortmund’s Lewandowski (30.6%).
Man. City (Tevez 20.3%), Bayern Munich (Mandzukic 19.8%) and Juventus (Giovinco 15.3%) were the teams who relied less upon one player being the dominant goal scorer in terms of total goals scored.
Top 2 Scorers Comparison
When comparing the Top 2 scorers of Barcelona to that of Real Madrid, there was a +1.1% difference between the percentage of goals scored by Messi and Villa (54.8%) to the percentage number scored by Cristiano and Benzema (53.7%).
Man. City (37.8%), Bayern Munich (37.5%) and Juventus (29.4%) again showed that they were not dependent on just 2 players to score the majority of the goals.
Top 3 Scorers Comparison
Juventus (42.4%) and Bayern Munich (46.9%) were the only 2 teams whose Top 3 scorers scored less than 50% of the teams’ total goals. Napoli’s Top 3 players (66.2%) scored the most goals (as a percentage) than the other teams’ Top 3.
The Rest of the Scorers
57.6% of Juventus’ goals were scored by players other than their top 3 scorers. Napoli had the lowest percentage (33.8%) scored by the rest of their players, followed by Real Madrid (35.2%) and Dortmund (35.3%). Barcelona was the 4th lowest with 38.1%.
% OF TOTAL GOALS SCORED BY EACH OF THE TOP 3 SCORERS IN EACH TEAM
It was interesting to take the breakdown further by calculating the percentage of goals scored by each of the Top 3 Scorers in each team.
Barcelona’s figures showed that, of the 2nd and 3rd Top Scorers, Villa and Cesc scored the lowest amount of goals as a percentage. Napoli, Madrid and Bayern Munich also reflected similar results.
Man U, Man City and Dortmund’s 2nd and 3rd Scorers were roughly even in the amount of goals that each player scored.
Juventus was the team with the most even spread between their Top 3 scorers – 15.3%, 14.1% and 12.9%.
As a total % of goals scored by the 2nd and 3rd players, Barça (18.3%) had least goals scored with Man City’s Top 3 scoring the most, closely followed by Man U and Dortmund.
PERCENTAGE OF GOALS SCORED ACCORDING TO PLAYERS’ PITCH POSITIONS
The next step was to calculate what percentage of goals was scored by the Forwards, Midfield and Defensive lines in each team.
Apart from Madrid, Barça’s Midfield scored less than any other team, whereas the Defence scored the second highest. Man U reflected a similar spread to Barcelona’s, with their Defence figuring highly when it came to scoring.
Madrid’s Forward Attack scores the majority of their team’s goals, with both the Midfield and Defence figures quite low in comparison to other teams.
Bayern Munich and Napoli’s main sources of goals are their Forwards and Midfielders, with the Defences chipping in from set pieces.
Yes – Dortmund and Juventus have the same figures! Their Midfield sections contributed the most goals when compared to other teams, with their Forwards contributing the least goals.
Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Man U, Man City, Juventus and Napoli have Midfields that actively and purposely shoot for the goal.
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Upon sharing these above results in emails with the rest of the team, a great discussion broke out with our resident tactician, Euler, contributing some golden information.
Coming up next: Euler’s explanation about how some of these numbers reflect the tactical make-up of the teams, as well as some amazing statistics when comparing individual players.