- Chelsea duo lined up for Atletico Madrid movePosted 58 mins ago
- Manchester United reject is Europe’s best young playerPosted 1 hour ago
- Bizarre: Cristiano Ronaldo to open a Cristiano Ronaldo museumPosted 1 hour ago
- Mourinho: The pressure is on Manchester CityPosted 1 day ago
Ageing Chelsea defender has a better pass percentage than Messi & Co.
Following the conclusion of a round of Champions League matches, we here at ChampionsLeague.ca often thumb through the updated statistics, trawling through data in the hopes that something interesting might pop up.
Well, for once, it has. John Terry, Chelsea’s aged 32 year-old centre-back and captain, has a better pass completion rate than the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. As if for good measure, he also has a better percentage than Xavi, Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thiago Motta, Toni Kroos and a whole host of other world class players.
The natural explanation is, of course, that John Terry has only played two full games in the Champions League so far this season. Further, as a defender, “JT” also attempts fewer passes – and therefore has less opportunity for mistakes to arise.
Regardless, his percentage is impressive. Terry has attempted 113 passes in his two matches, and has only failed in 9 instances.
In contrast, Lionel Messi has only completed one more pass than Terry at 105, but has attempted 130.
Another former Chelsea defender Alex sits at the top of the pile of those that have completed significant minutes, only missing an astonishing five pass attempts out of 119.
Defenders are likely to have more favourable passing statistics purely due to their position on the pitch, but the fact remains that numbers like this for Terry, Alex and Lahm (see above!) are genuinely impressive.
Stats taken from uefa.com at: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2014/statistics/round=2000479/players/kind=distribution/index.html