Comparing legends

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

20 - Nicolas Anelka is the only player in PL history to net 20+ goals with four different clubs (Arsenal, Bolton, C… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 40 minutes ago

21 - Ryan Giggs scored in a record 21 consecutive @premierleague seasons between 1992-93 and 2012-13. Iconic. https://t.co/ZAsIOFfQ4K 21 Jul

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15 - Philippe Coutinho has scored 15 goals from outside the area since his Premier League debut; more than any othe… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 21 Jul

130 - Javier Hernandez has the 5th best minutes per goal ratio in @premierleague history (min. 20 goals). Sharpshoo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 Jul

22 - W. Rooney has been involved in more PL goals v Newcastle than any other player vs another in the division (14… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 Jul

6 - England Women's 6-0 victory over Scotland last night was their biggest ever win in a major tournament. Convinci… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 20 Jul

13 - Alvaro Morata’s goals won Real Madrid 13 points in the La Liga last season; only Cristiano Ronaldo won more fo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 Jul

27% – Alvaro Morata had the highest conversion rate of any striker to score 10+ goals in La Liga 16-17; scoring 15… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 Jul

14 - Wojciech Szczesny kept the most clean sheets (14) among the goalkeepers in the Serie A 2016/17. Safe. https://t.co/lO8C9ZUWq8 19 Jul

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.