With Cristiano Ronaldo equalizing Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella's 11 games goal-streak last weekend, a question arise, can he break some of the greatest scoring streaks in football history? It won't be easy in real life, but it may be a walk in the park for FMM addicts. Before we get into the challenge, here's some of the best goal-streaks record in Europe's top leagues.
5. Jamie Vardy - 11 (England)
Jamie Vardy's story had been a football "fairy tale", playing for non-league side Fleetwood Town in 2012, and being Premier League winners as well as second highest scorer in the league in 2016. Jamie Vardy also had an impressive record under his name, scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, breaking Van Nistelrooy's 10 games record.
4. Gabriel Batistuta/Fabio Quagliarella/Cristiano Ronaldo - 11 (Italy)
A record shared by 3 players, with Cristiano Ronaldo joining "Batigol" and 36 years old Quagliarella. "Batigol"'s record was set in the 1994/95 campaign with Fiorentina, where he scored in all Fiorentina's opening 11 games, which is also a record never been beaten since. Meanwhile, Fabio Quaglirella's record was set just last season with Sampdoria, with the 36 years old winning the Serie A Golden Boot the same season with 26 goals.
3. Serge Masnaghetti - 13 (France)
In contrast with the "fresh" record in Italy, the goal-streak record in France was set almost 60 years ago, by Serge Masnaghetti in Valenciennes, which had been a relatively unknown name compared to the other record holders. The ex-Valenciennes forward scored in 13 consecutive league games during the 1962/63 season. What made this even more impressive was that his club only finished ninth in the standings. The French striker ended the campaign with 35 goals in his name.
2. Gerd Muller - 16 (Germany)
Gerd Muller aka "Der Bomber" was Germany's greatest striker in history. The German striker that spent most of his career with Bayern Munich, set the Bundesliga goal-streak record in 1969/70, when he scored in 16 consecutive league games.
1. Lionel Messi - 21 (Spain)
How could there be a goal-scoring record without Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar began his historic goal run with a brace against RCD Mallorca in mid-November during the 2012/13 season. He even came off the bench with a thigh injury to score against Real Betis in matchday 34. His 21 goal-streak record was so far ahead of the previous record in Spain, set by Ronaldo in 1997/98 when he scored in 10 consecutive games.
Enough of history, let's hop into the challenge part.
Since FMM only allow up to 4 leagues loaded, the challenge will only involve 4 of the 5 records stated above,where you will have to break the record one by one moving from one league to another.
Stage 1 : England
What made Vardy's record so special is that he's still playing in a non-league side 4 years before he set the 11 goal-streak record. Your challenge will be to emulate his fairy tale by using a non-league striker.
1. Join any Premier League side.
2. Sign a striker from a non-league side (Vanarama National League) which will be your main man.
3. Have your main man scoring in at least 12 consecutive games to surpass Vardy's record.
Stage 2 : Italy
Jamie Vardy's record is all about how he went from non-league football to Premier League winners, while the record in Italy is about age. Fabio Quaglirella's record was set when he's 36 years old, while Cristiano Ronaldo equalized it at the age of 35 years old, though Batistuta was much younger when he set the record with Fiorentina. Your challenge will be to surpass the record in Italy with an oldie.
1. Leave England and join any Serie A side.
2. Sign or use a striker 33 years old or above already in your team as your main man.
3. Have your main man scoring in at least 12 consecutive games to surpass the record in Italy.
Stage 3 : France/Germany
In Stage 3, you will be able to choose between France or Germany to continue your journey. In France, you will have to choose a team which is out of the Top 5 and surpass Masnaghetti's 13 games record, while in Germany, you can use any team but will have to surpass Gerd Muller's 16 games record.
1. Leave Italy and join a Ligue 1/Bundesliga side. (The Ligue 1 side must be out of the Top 5 in the previous season, while the Bundesliga side can be any team)
2. Sign or use a French/German striker (French if you choose Ligue 1/German if you choose Bundesliga) already in your team as your main man.
3. Have your main man scoring in at least 14 (France)/17 (Germany) consecutive games to surpass the record in France/Germany.
Stage 4 : Spain
After beating the record in 3 nations, you have now unlock the final stage which will be Spain where you need to beat the 21 games record set by Lionel Messi.
1. Leave France/Germany and join any La Liga side.
2. Sign or use any player already in your team as your main man.
3. Have your main man scoring in at least 22 consecutive games to surpass Messi's record.
Challenge completed as soon as you surpassed Messi's record in Spain. Easy yeah?
Brief Summary :
1. Load England, Italy, France/Germany and Spain.
2. Start your journey in England with any Premier League side.
3. You are only allowed to move clubs when you have completed the challenge in that particular nation. You can leave as soon as you surpass the record or wait till a suitable time/club.
4. Usual challenge rules (No unlockables, badges and reputations are allowed)
5. Have fun!
The main leaderboard will be sorted by number of seasons used to complete the entire challenge, while 5 separate leaderboard will be sorted by the goal-streaks in each nation.
Let me know what you think about the challenge and thanks for reading!