La Liga table without Messi, Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo

March 27th, 2013

Image from @BarcaStat

It’s safe to say that if you have Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao, or Cristiano Ronaldo on your team, you are going to have a great chance of winning a match. What would the La Liga landscape look like if these three players didn’t exist? Given that Messi has scored more goals than 15 different clubs by himself, things are going to look a bit different.

This graphic from @BarcaStat shows the La Liga standings if every goal was taken away from these three superstars (and this doesn’t even include the 14 assists between them.) Nullifying the 90 goals between the group would cause a dramatic shift and would bring their respective teams back to the pack. Currently, no team is within single digits of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid, but with this shift in power there would be 9 teams separated by 10 points or less.

Makes you wonder what it would be like if Messi played for the Real Zaragoza’s or Granada’s of the world.

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    Great way of looking at it. Would be interesting if someone would do this for hockey as well. Take away the three...
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