UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Stats: 10 Unique Stats & Records
Champions League is Europe's biggest club competition in the world of football, and there's no hiding the fact that every team from every part of the world wants to contest in it.
The teams who participate in the UCL not only gain popularity but also get significant boosts financially. After a successful group stage conclusion amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Champions League Round of 16 stage of 2021 was also carried out successfully.
Some countries had travel restrictions, but thanks to Hungary's Puskas arena that served as home and away ground for several teams in the competition.
Now most people will be aware of the scorelines and the teams that were knocked out of the competition, and that's why we at Sportco present some unique stats from the Champions League Round of 16 in 2021.
UEFA Champions League Stats #25
Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan and ex-Barcelona star is second in the La Liga Golden boot race, but do you know? After his failure to score against Chelsea in both the legs, Suarez has now gone goalless in his last 25 Champions League away appearances. Will he be a part of the competition next season?
UEFA Champions League Stats #101
Sergio Ramos scored his 101st goal for Real Madrid in their second leg victory over Atalanta. No other active defender has a better goalscoring record than Ramos. Any guesses on how many more will we see in the future?
UEFA Champions League Stats #70
Karim Benzema scored his 70th Champions League goal in the second leg against Atalanta. He is now the competition's fifth all-time top scorer behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Raul Gonzalez. However, only Ronaldo and Messi managed to score 70 Champions League goals compared to Benzema's 126 matches.
UEFA Champions League Stats #34
Cristiano Ronaldo achieved yet another feat in the Champions League as he became the player with the most appearances in the Round of 16. He is just two ahead of his counterpart Lionel Messi. Is it the end of the Ronaldo-Messi era?
UEFA Champions League Stats #14
Barcelona may have lost the battle to proceed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League but they still have the most aggregate wins in the round of 16, just one ahead of the defending champions Bayern Munich.
UEFA Champions League Stats #29
Lionel Messi tops this one as he has the most goals in the Round of 16 in the UCL, four ahead of the 'Mr. Champions League,' Cristiano Ronaldo.
UEFA Champions League Stats #1
Out of the eight Round of 16 Champions League fixtures, only FC Porto managed to proceed to the quarter-finals despite playing the first leg at home.
In all the other cases, teams that played the first leg at home were knocked out of the competition. RB Leipzig (RB Leipzig 0-Liverpool-2), Barcelona- (Barcelona-1 PSG-4), Sevilla (Sevilla-2 Borussia Dortmund-3), Lazio (Lazio-1 Bayern Munich-4), Atletico Madrid (ATletico Madrid-0 Chelsea-1), Borussia Monchengladbach (B'Gladbach-0 Manchester City-2), Atalanta (Atalanta-0 Real Madrid-1)
FC Porto proceeding through (Porto-2 Juventus-1).
UEFA Champions League Stats #11
Teams from Bundesliga and La Liga have now played Premier League teams six times in Europe this season. The aggregate score is Premier League 11- Bundesliga & La Liga - 0
UEFA Champions League Stats #4
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland were the top scorers of this season's Round of 16 with four goals each. The next best is Federico Chiesa with three goals and Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Oliveira with two each.
UEFA Champions League Stats #13
Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2013/14 beating Atletico Madrid. Do you know who knocked them out in the 2013/14 season? Atletico Madrid.
These were some of the unique stats from this season's Champions League Round of 16. We will be back with another set of numbers post the quarter-finals round. Till that time, stay tuned!