UEFA Champions League final facts and figures
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Álvaro Morata achieved a first, Luis Enrique matched Josep Guardiola and FC Barcelona maintained a winning run. UEFA.com's Mike Hammond runs the rule over the final facts.
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• FC Barcelona's victory over Juventus in Berlin took the Catalan club level alongside domestic rivals Real Madrid CF with a record-equalling fourth UEFA Champions League triumph. All four of those wins have come in the past decade.
• Whereas Barcelona have been victorious on four of their five UEFA Champions League final appearances; conversely, Juventus have lost four of their five finals. Furthermore, while Barça have won on each of their past four final appearances – in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015 (after defeat in 1994) - Juve have been on the losing side in each of their last four – finishing runners-up in 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2015 after their solitary triumph in 1996.
• With Neymar scoring in Berlin and Lionel Messi failing to add to his total in this season's competition, three players ended the campaign as joint top scorers, the two Barcelona players being matched by Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on ten goals apiece. Neymar and Ronaldo both registered their tallies in 12 games while Messi played 13 times.
• It is only the second time in the 23 seasons of the UEFA Champions League that the competition's top scorer crown has been shared by three players. On the only other occasion, in 1999/2000, the three at the top of the list – FC Porto's Mário Jardel, Barcelona's Rivaldo and Madrid's Raúl González – also finished with ten goals.
• Neymar, who also scored three times in the semi-final against FC Bayern München, is the first player other than Messi and Ronaldo to head the top scorer standings – either jointly or alone – since another Brazilian, Kaká, did so in 2006/07.
• Barcelona captain Xavi Hernández celebrated his final game for the club by setting a new UEFA Champions League appearance record, his all-time tally rising to 151 matches – one more than Real Madrid's Iker Casillas – when he took the field as a second-half substitute in Berlin.
• Barcelona's appearance in the final equalled Real Madrid's competition record of 74 matches played in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League.
• Barcelona's triumph in the Olympiastadion enabled them to make history as the first club to win the treble of UEFA Champions League, domestic league and domestic cup twice. They previously achieved the feat in 2008/09.
• Like Josep Guardiola before him, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed the treble in his debut season as the club's head coach.
• Ivan Rakitić's opening goal for Barcelona was the third fastest in a UEFA Champions League final – after Paolo Maldini's first-minute effort for AC Milan in 2005 against Liverpool FC and Gaizka Mendieta's third-minute penalty for Valencia CF against Bayern in 2001.
• Álvaro Morata became the first player to score in the fixture for a foreign team against a club from his own country.
• The 3-1 scoreline means that both teams have found the net in each of the past five UEFA Champions League finals – a record sequence for the fixture.
• The four goals in the final hoisted the aggregate in the 2014/15 competition to 361 – one fewer than in 2013/14. The figure of 2.89 goals per game is the third highest in the 23 years of the UEFA Champions League, the previous best being 2.94 in 2012/13 and 2.90 in 2013/14.