Nationalities in the UEFA Champions, Europa League and Big 6 leagues

With all leagues have come to an end  and only the Champions League final yet to play, I created some tables comparing goals and assists per nationality in the top-6 national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League. There is a prominent place for the countries from the CONMEBOL.

First an overview of all goals and assists per nationality in the top-6 European Leagues (according to the UEFA):

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Why Messi did deserve the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup

For pretty much everyone it was a big surprise to see Lionel Messi waiting to climb the FIFA terrace of the Maracaná in order to receive the prestigious Golden Ball. Although he did not score in any of the matches in the KO stages and he had just lost a final in which he also did not show a stunning performance, the FIFA officials had chosen ‘La Pulga’ as the best player of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

In this blog some often- and some not-so-often seen statistics will be used to see to what extent Lionel maybe was the most valuable player of the tournament or wether the critics that the election of football’s most loved son maybe was a marketing indulged decision!

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