What a year.
2010 for Barcelona has been a year for the records to fall. Obviously, some haven’t, despite chances to – such as becoming the first team to retain the Champions League – but most have.
For example, in the calendar year of 2010, the Blaugrana have amassed 103 points. This was the most by any team in World Football.
Not only that, but Barcelona also gained the most points in a single La Liga season with 99.
Pretty impressive, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Then we come to Lionel Messi.
First off, he nearly scored a hat-trick of hat-tricks early in 2010, but didn’t. then again he did get six over the course of the year.
La Pulga got 47 goals in the 09/10 season, which equalled the club record set by Ronaldo.
More impressive though, is that Messi has 58 goals in 53 games for 2010, a record breaking amount.
I couldn’t be bothered to figure out how many assists he got this year but would guess between 20 and 25.
And still people argue Ronaldo is better!?!
Now I come to some stats from the start of this season.
On the five occasions that Guardiola has chosen the front three of Villa, Pedro and Messi in the league, four have ended in Barcelona scoring at least five.
Who needs Tevez now!!
In the game against Sociedad, Barca produced a display with the most passes ever recorded, according to Opta stats. In case you were wondering, the top 36 positions on that list are occupied by Barcelona.
Surely this shows that tiki-taka is also the most effective defensive tactic, as well as the best attacking one.
This is echoed as in the six games previous to Espanyol, we only gave away nine chances!
So far this season, Barcelona have played 16 games in the league, have scored 51, conceded 9 and amassed 43 points. These figures are the best ever seen at this stage of the season.
All in all, 2010 has been a year of triumph, even if it has only seen Barca win two trophies.
But here’s hoping 2011 can be better.
The team is firing on all cylinders, and a treble could well be on the cards (again). Perhaps, a sixth consecutive win in El Clasico in the second half of this season and a seventh in the first half of the next?
Maybe Leo can better his 47-goal haul, or get a record third successive top scorer gong in the Champions League?
Whatever happens though in 2011, make sure you follow it here on Barca Blaugranes!
Visca el Barca!