The 2019/20 season is finally set to come to an end with the conclusion of the Champions League and Europa League, although Europe’s top five leagues have long since wrapped up.
Liverpool, of course, won their first league title of the Premier League era but it was the usual names across the continent as Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain came out on top in Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were European football’s highest-scoring team with 102 goals scored in the Premier League, while Barcelona were the most possession-heavy team, averaging 63.2% in La Liga.
But what about individual players stats? Here’s who came out on top in every area from the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and La Liga.
All stats are via WhoScored with data from Opta Sports.
Not only did Lazio striker Ciro Immobile pip Cristiano Ronaldo to the ‘Capocannoniere’ (top scorer award) in Serie A, but he also won the European Golden Boot, ending the campaign with 36 goals.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski finished as runner-up on 34 goals - not bad going considering he played six fewer games and 400 fewer minutes than Immobile.
Of players to play 1000 minutes or more, Atalanta super-sub Luis Muriel actually had the best goalscoring record per minute. The Colombian averaged a goal every 69 minutes, with 11 of his 18 Serie A goals coming as a substitute.
It’s all the usual suspects in the shooting stakes. Ronaldo was the most prolific shooter, averaging 6.3 shots per game for Juventus in Serie A.
Lionel Messi was second (4.8 shots per game), Lewandowski third (4.5), Kylian Mbappe third (4.4) and Mohamed Salah fifth (3.9).
Messi and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller were tied at the top of the assists charts this season, 21 apiece, both just ahead of Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne on 20.
Not only did Messi register 21 assists, but he scored 25 goals, becoming the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to register more than 20 goals and assists in the same campaign since Thierry Henry did it back in 2002/03.
Dimitri Payet hasn’t lost his creative spark since leaving West Ham United and returning to Marseille.
The 33-year-old averaged exactly four key passes - the final pass before a team-mate shoots at goal - per match in Ligue 1 last season. That’s just ahead of De Bruyne at City (3.9 per match).
European football’s tidiest passer in 2019/20 was PSG’s veteran defender Thiago Silva. The 35-year-old centre-half completed 95.5% of the passes he attempted in Ligue 1.
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David Alaba was the most prolific passer, averaging 86.7 passes per match in Bayern’s Bundesliga-winning season.
The Austrian was just ahead of runner-up, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (85.8), in that regard.
Messi remains Europe’s dribble king. The Argentinian successfully managed 5.5 dribbles per match last season, ahead of Premier League trio Adama Traore (5.0), Allan Saint-Maximin (4.7) and Wilfried Zaha (4.3), second, third and fourth respectively.
Zaha might record good dribbling numbers, but the Crystal Palace winger also loses the ball more than anyone. He was dispossessed 3.9 times per match in 2019/20.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish remarkably broke the Premier League record for fouls won with nine games left to play last season. He was also way out in front in Europe’s top five leagues.
The 24-year-old midfielder was fouled, on average, 4.6 times per match. That’s considerably more than runner-up Nabil Fekir at Real Betis, who was fouled 3.5 times per match on average.
Newcastle flop Joselu has done well to rehabilitate his reputation back in Spain, with his major strength his dominance in the air.
The striker won 8.7 aerial duels per match for Alaves in La Liga. That’s one more on average than closest challenger Julio Tavares (7.7) at Dijon.
Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira (4.3 tackles per match) and Wilfred Ndidi (4.0) were first and third for getting stuck in with tackles last season.
The 17-year-old Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga was second in the list, averaging 4.2.
Bournemouth left-back Diego Rico averaged 3.1 interceptions during the Cherries’ unsuccessful battle against relegation. That’s 0.4 more per match more than any other player.
Newcastle United centre-half Federico Fernandez was the most prolific at getting the ball clear. The Argentine averaged 5.8 clearances per match for Steve Bruce’s Magpies.