This is our second post in our series on the origins of players — previously we looked at the Premier League. La Liga is little different from the Premier League, both in terms of infrastructure (“B” squads can compete in lower divisions) and culturally (Athletic Bilbao has a policy to only sign players from the Basque region). The methodology for obtaining this data is discussed in our previous post. And now, the highlights:
Archive for Real Madrid
This week Deloitte released its report on the top revenue earning teams, called the money league. The data on the top 20 teams is available from the Guardian’s Datablog and is broken down into three categories: matchday, commercial and broadcasting. Given that the Seattle Sounders are competitive in terms of attendance with many of the teams that made the top 20, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Sounders match up with the big guns in terms of total revenue.
I haven’t posted on the Pichichi Race in a while, preferring to rely upon the updates on our Pichichi Race page to tell the story. With Lionel Messi scoring a hat trick and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace to keep the race even, I thought this was a good week to take a deeper look at the race and compare it to the 2009-2010 season.
The build up to the Superclasico has been at a fever pitch lately. The front pages of Spain’s sport dailies Marca and SPORT have been running stories about it for weeks now. Adding to the hysteria is the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo. The last few weeks in La Liga has been something of an “anything you can do, I can do better” contest between the two. I can’t recall ever seeing two players scoring at will like this. Whatever one does, the other has to match or exceed. Messi, so far this season, has 3 braces and a hattrick — not a bad haul for week 11. Ronaldo? 3 braces, a hattrick, and a 4 goal game.
Last year, the anticipation for the match was at a ridiculous level since it was the first time Ronaldo would be facing Barcelona as a Madrid player. However, the form that he and Messi were in was nothing compared to the form they are in currently.
In 2009, Messi and Ronald both got off to better starts to the season than in 2010. However, Ronaldo picked up an injury and Messi cooled off, so they both came into the Superclasico looking somewhat human.
This season, they both got off to modest starts, but then really kicked it into high gear for the last 5-6 weeks. What’s particularly amazing is that a lot of players are blaming their slow starts to the season on World Cup hangovers. Doesn’t seem to be a problem for these two.