6)Benevento set longest losing streak for a promoted side with 14 defeats
After securing a much awaited promotion to the Italian top flight, Benevento must have certainly hoped for a much longer stay in the Serie A. However, their fairy tale story got off the worst possible start as they went on a 14 game losing streak, a record surpassing Manchester United’s run of 13 games going without a win or a draw back in 1932. Easily the worst team in the entirety of European top flight, Benevento managed their first point on Matchday 15, when they drew against AC Milan 2-2-2. In December, Benevento claimed their first win defeating Chievo on matchday 19; nonetheless, by that time, the damage was already done with their chances of survival all but over.
5) Messi picks up record 5th Golden Boot
Another season and another record goes to Lionel Messi. Indeed it is what messi does. Barcelona could have been celebrating an invincible league season before Levante shocked them 5-4 in the penultimate game of the season. Nevertheless, Barca still had plenty to celebrate one of the reasons among which was Messi winning his 5th Golden boot award. The little Argentine was also the creator in chief in La Liga this season with his 12 assists adding up to his 34 goals in 36 league games. Behind him was Cristiano Ronaldo, who by his standards, had a fairly poor season in front of goal scoring 26 times.
4) Juventus equal Lyon’s record of winning 7 consecutive league titles
Coming back to Italy, Juventus became only the second side in Europe to win a 7th consecutive league title, a run which dates back to the 2011/12 season, when Antonio Conte was the manager. Unlike the other six title victories, this was a fairly close one as Napoli nearly had Juve run for their money. When Napoli defeated Juve in Turin on matchday 34, it looked like Naples side were close to winning their first title since Maradona won it with them in the 90s. However, Napoli dropped points against Fiorentina while Juve had an incredible comeback against Inter to seal the league title. It was the closest anyone had to come to challenging Juve for a long time in the Italian top flight as the Bianconeri further stamped their dominance in Italy.
3) Salah rewrites Premier League record books with 32 goals
The Egyptian amassed several individual honours this season, as he took the Premier league by storm. Arriving as Liverpool’s most expensive signing, there were more doubts than expectations of Salah’s abilities. However, the Egyptian after a tame start went on a rampaging run, surpassing Luis Suarez, Shearer, Henry and Ronaldo’s record of 31 goals in a league season. Salah’s decisiveness in big games further warranted a player of the year award. Unfortunately for him, the season did not end on a high note as he went off injured in the Champions league final, which Liverpool lost 3-1.
2) Manchester City romp to EPL title with record wins (32), goals (106) and points (100)
Arguably the finest team in Europe throughout was Manchester City. Pep Guardiola answered his critics with City’s football on the pitch as the Citizens were virtually unstoppable for the most part of the season. Barring a defeat against Liverpool and United in the Champions league and Premier league last season, City were unremitting and a force of nature. They broke Chelsea’s record of most wins in a season, winning 32 games and also reached the 100 point mark, when Jesus scored a final minute goal against Southampton on the final matchday.
1) Real Madrid win the Champions League for a third successive time
And like always, Real Madrid steal the show. Unarguably the best team on the planet, Real Madrid registered yet another Champions league title in their name as they defeated a sorry Liverpool side in Kiev. Be it down to sheer luck that Karius committed two howlers or Zidane’s man-management skills, Real were once again the team to be defeated. Even more impressive was their run to the final as they saw off the Champions from France, Italy and Germany while defeating one of the most entertaining sides in Liverpool on their way to glory.