24 games. 24 wins. 1 league title.
No, that is not the stats from my FIFA Career Mode save. That’s just Barca Femeni’s record in Primera Division this season.
While the men’s team struggle to bring back their glory days, their female counterpart keep obliterating everyone they meet on their path. Just this Sunday they thrashed eternal rivals Real Madrid 5–0 to secure their 3rd league title in as many years, with 6 games to spare.
Alexia Putellas, captain and Ballon d’Or winner, had already said last year that the team will look to repeat their incredible feat of winning a treble again this season, and so far they look to be on the right track. They are in the Quarter-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League and Copa de La Reina, and have already won the Supercopa Femenina (Spanish Supercup) in January.
And they are winning more convincingly than ever before, as winning by 5,6 or 7 goal margins have become a regular occurrence.
But maybe words aren’t enough to describe the level of this team, so let us take a look at their numbers in the league so far.
As mentioned before, Barcelona has played 24 out of 30 games so far this season, and they have won each and every one of them.
They have scored 136 goals (yes, ONE-HUNDRED THIRTY SIX, that is not a typo) in the league so far, averaging 5.67 goals per game. The next best team is Atletico Madrid with 55 goals with an average of 2.3 goals per game.
On the other side of the pitch, Barca has conceded 6 goals, an average of 0.25 goals conceded per game. The next best team is, again, Atletico Madrid, who have conceded 24 goals in 24 games, a very nice round average of 1 goal conceded per game.
The difference between Barca and the rest is enormous.
20 different players have scored for Barca in the league. 5 players have scored 10 goals or more. Another 5 players have scored 5 or more. 4 of the 5 top scorers in the league don the blaugrana jersey.
Asisat Oshoala currently leads the top-scorers chart in the league (19 goals), even though she has been out injured for a long part of the season. She is followed by Dutch international Lieke Materns (3rd — 17 goals), and Spanish duo Alexia Putellas (4th — 16 goals) and Jenni Hermoso (5th — 13 goals). In addition, 20 year old prodigy Claudia Pina has also managed to sneak into the top 10 (10th — 10 goals).
Barca’s imperial form can also be noticed if you take a look at the chart for ‘Most Assists’. 5 Barca players make it into the top 10 list.
Lieke Martens leads the league with 13 assists. Alexia Putellas is a close second with 11 assists to her name. The 3 other Barca players — Caroline Graham Hansen, Patricia Guijarro and Fridolina Rolfo manage to make the cut with 9,8 and 7 assists respectively.
What’s more, of all the hat-tricks that have been scored in the league so far, Barcelona players have scored 50% of them!
Alexia Putellas has managed to hit a hat-trick twice this season (against Valencia and Madrid CFF). Lieke Martens (against Sporting Huevla) and Jenni Hermoso (against Sevilla) scored two hat-tricks themselves, taking total count of hat-tricks scored by Barca players in the league (so far) this season to 4.
On top of all this individual and team brilliance, Barcelona has the chance to become the first team in Primera Division history to win every game they play. Talk about perfection!
The sheer amount of astonishing records they have set so far has put them right in the center stage of World Football. But if Alexia Putellas’s word is to be believed, this is just "The Beginning" for Football Club Barcelona Femeni.