Leicester City proved in 2016 that fairytales really do happen.
It was a Premier League campaign that defied all logic and belief, with Claudio Ranieri's men storming to the title in one of the most remarkable sporting stories in history. Here are the best facts, figures and stats to impress your friends via the data experts at OPTA.
🦁 Best facts from the Premier League 2015/16 season
- Leicester City became the first first-time winners of the English top-flight since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78.
- Leicester City was top of the Premier League for 149 days in 2015-16. Prior to that campaign, they had been top for just 13 days in total.
- Claudio Ranieri became the oldest manager to win his first Premier League title, at 64 years and 195 days.
- Harry Kane (25 goals) became the first English player to be the top scorer in a Premier League season since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000 (30 goals).
- In 2015-16, Mesut Özil provided 19 Premier League assists for Arsenal – only Thierry Henry (20 in 2002-03) has registered more in a campaign in the competition’s history.
- Arsenal was the only team to beat champions Leicester home and away in the 2015-16 campaign.
- Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive appearances in Premier League history, doing so between August and November 2015.
- Sergio Agüero became just the fifth player in Premier League history to score five goals in a game (vs Newcastle) and the first since Dimitar Berbatov for Man Utd vs Blackburn in 2010-11. Agüero also became the first South American to score 100+ PL goals.
- Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez was the only player in 2015-16 to hit double figures for both goals & assists (17 goals, 11 assists).
- Romelu Lukaku became the fifth player to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23, following Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
- On March 20th 2016, Marcus Rashford became the youngest player to score in a Premier League Manchester derby (18y 141d), scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory for Man Utd.
- Wayne Rooney set a new PL record for most goals at a single club, with his winner away at Liverpool in January 2016 his 176th goal for Man Utd, surpassing Thierry Henry at Arsenal (175). Rooney would later increase this figure to 183.
- On December 28th 2015, Petr Cech set a new record for most Premier League clean sheets amongst goalkeepers with 170, surpassing David James’ tally of 169. Indeed, Cech’s total now stands at 202.
- Chelsea’s final tally of 50 points in 2015-16 was the lowest of any reigning Premier League champion, although that unwanted record would be broken by Leicester City in 2016-17 (44).
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