Markwhite, a writer for FourFourTwo, initiated a thread on Twitter in which he shared some unusual football statistics, some of which were interesting and intriguing. Here, we’ve listed five of them below.
Bayern Munich and Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer, a German icon and Bayern Munich legend, once threatened the Bundesliga authorities that he would relocate the club and force them to join Serie A. This happened in 2003, as the league threatened to forfeit the club’s points for a contentious marketing arrangement.
Because of his magnificent technique, dominance, and leadership on the field, and partly because his first name “Franz” is reminiscent of Austrian rulers, he was nicknamed The Emperor during his playing career.
Javier Mascherano, who has played for Liverpool and Barcelona, earned his international debut before making his club debut. In July 2003, the midfielder made his Argentina debut against Uruguay, and a few days later, he made his River Plate debut. He used to play as a defensive midfielder or center-back.
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and has won a title every season since then, till 2020/21. This happened while he was on loan at Spurs, which means it was his first trophyless season since leaving the English club.
He is a professional footballer from Wales who plays as a winger for Real Madrid in La Liga and the Wales national team.
Alessandro Nesta, widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in football history, sustained one of the strangest injuries ever in 2005. After breaking his thumb while playing PlayStation, the Italian was out for almost a month.
In a 20-year career split between Lazio and AC Milan, he made over 400 Serie A matches, winning domestic and European titles with both clubs.
David Beckham and David Moyes
David Beckham and David Moyes played together at Preston North End after the England legend was loaned to the club in 1994. This meant he had to play alongside Moyes, who was 12 years his senior. Both of them are two of the most well-known footballers in the world.