Comparing legends

Use Opta data to compare World Cup greats from any era against each other.

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11 - Alan Shearer is the player who has missed most penalties in the @premierleague Fluffed. #AskOpta twitter.com/IdyllicCynic/s… 5 hours ago

5 - Paul Robinson is the goalkeeper with the most assists in @premierleague history. Bonus. #AskOpta twitter.com/tallica88/stat… 5 hours ago

15 - David Beckham has scored the most goals from direct free kicks in @premierleague history. Specialist. #AskOpta twitter.com/tshuru77/statu… 5 hours ago

41 - Frank Lampard has scored the most goals from outside the penalty area in @premierleague history. Lamped.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 hours ago

95 -Chelsea 2004-05 hold the record for the most points earned in a single season in the top flight of English foot… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 hours ago

10 - Richard Dunne has scored the most own goals in @premierleague history. Oops #AskOpta twitter.com/DJBhaiJaan/sta… 5 hours ago

48 - @petercrouch has scored the most headed goals in @premierleague history. Robot #AskOpta twitter.com/gustipraditya/… 5 hours ago

15 - Branko Strupar is the top scoring player in @premierleague history with no assists. Selfish. #AskOpta twitter.com/BLamb93/status… 6 hours ago

3 - @Robbie9Fowler has scored the most "perfect" hat-tricks in the @premierleague. Treble. #AskOpta twitter.com/cov_tom/status… 6 hours ago

Historical World Cup Data

Who is the best - Maradona or Messi? Rossi or Ronaldo? Cruyff or Zidane? Opta has the answers.

How? Opta have analysed all of the data from every World Cup finals game dating back to the tournament in England in 1966. This gives us access to a unique set of statistics that can be used for compelling, engaging and newsworthy content.

It can be used to compare players and teams across tournaments, find out trends and milestones as well as providing a new insight into the history of the world's greatest football tournament.

The world's greatest, in glorious Opta detail

The historical World Cup data has been analysed in the same way as our market-leading content from across the world of football. This means that performances can be compared like-for-like across tournaments, players and teams.

The data we have collected from these tournaments includes:

  • Venue details
  • Line ups and player details
  • Possession
  • Shots on/off target (by player and team)
  • Passes successful/unsuccessful (by player and team)
  • Duels won/lost (by player and team)
  • Fouls won/lost (by player and team)
  • Crosses
  • Assists
  • And many, many more

And every bit of data has a time stamp and an x/y co-ordinate, allowing for detailed analysis using touchmaps, heatmaps and average position information.

For more information on how you could use this unique data set for your PR or marketing campaign or World Cup coverage, contact us.