stats24 May 2022

19 SCUDETTO FACTS

AC Milan's triumphant campaign summed up in numbers

AC Milan’s 2021/22 campaign was an unforgettable season with incredible numbers. Records were broken and fantastic individual feats achieved, and now - not by chance - we’ve selected 19 stats for you to enjoy following the Club’s 19th Scudetto triumph.

MAKING HISTORY

1- AC Milan won the 19th Scudetto in their history in 2021/22, thus drawing level with Inter in second place in the all-time ranking.

2- In Reggio Emilia, the Rossoneri secured their first trophy since 22 December 2016 (1976 days ago), when they got the better of Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana in Doha.

3- With an average age of 26 years and 97 days, AC Milan’s 2021/22 squad is the youngest to have won the Scudetto in the three-points-per-win era. The current Rossoneri side have beaten Juventus’ 1997/98 team in this regard.

4- AC Milan won the title with 86 points. Since the start of the three-points-per-win era, it’s the highest tally the Rossoneri have achieved in a Scudetto-winning season and their second-best total in general after their 88-point haul in 2005/06 (excluding deductions).

THE TEAM’S NUMBERS
5- AC Milan collected 46 points on the road following 14 wins (including the last six), four draws and a single defeat, which was the best record in the division. The second half of the campaign saw the Rossoneri achieve a 44-point tally, with the Diavolo having now picked up at least 40 points in four of the last five halves of seasons in Serie A.  

6- Along with Fiorentina and Salernitana, AC Milan scored the most goals from direct free kicks (four).  

7- For the fourth time in their history, AC Milan won a Scudetto with their top scorer having finished the season with fewer than twelve goals (Leão and Giroud bagged eleven). They previously did this in 1987/88 (Virdis), 1993/94 (Massaro) and 1995/96 (Weah).

8- Coach Pioli’s men kept the most clean sheets in the league (18), ahead of Napoli (16). AC Milan shipped just nine goals during the second half of the campaign, eight fewer than their closest challengers (Inter and Napoli conceded 17). Along with Napoli, the Rossoneri had the best defensive record in the division (31).

COACH FOCUS

9- At the age of 56 years and 214 days on the day of Sassuolo v AC Milan, Stefano Pioli became the third-oldest coach to win a Scudetto with AC Milan since Serie A adopted a round-robin format (from 1929/30 onwards): only Lajos Czeizler (57 years and 255 days in 1950/51) and Nils Liedholm (56 years and 217 days in 1978/79) were older. With 26 wins across the campaign, Pioli’s AC Milan equalled the Rossoneri record in terms of number of victories in a Scudetto-winning season since 1929/30 (26 wins in 1950/51 too).

PLAYER FOCUS

10- Mike Maignan, who was named as the best goalkeeper of the 2021/22 Serie A season, was the shot-stopper with the highest save percentage (79.4%) across the Top 5 European leagues in the campaign just gone. 17 out AC Milan’s 18 clean sheets in the Italian top flight were recorded with the Frenchman between the sticks.

11- During AC Milan’s 3-2 victory away to Atalanta, Davide Calabria scored the fastest goal of the 2021/22 Serie A season, netting after just 27 seconds. It’s the second consecutive campaign that an AC Milan player has bagged the fastest goal, with Leão having achieved this feat with his finish against Sassuolo in 2020/21.

12- Theo Hernández is the defender who was involved in the most goals during the 2021/22 Serie A campaign (five goals, six assists). The Frenchman is also the defender who covered the most distance while dribbling (6880 metres when counting dribbles of five metres or more).  

13- Among the central defenders with at least 30 appearances, Fikayo Tomori is the player whose team shipped the fewest goals per 90 minutes when he was on the pitch (0.66 per match). The Englishman played 13 full matches where AC Milan didn’t concede: no player in the same role can boast at having a better record for their own team in this regard.

14- Sandro Tonali was the youngest midfielder to score at least five goals during the Serie A season just gone. When all players are considered, only Bologna’s Aaron Hickey is younger than the Italian. Four of Tonali’s five goals during the campaign came away from home, with AC Milan winning every game that the 22-year-old found the net in (twelve points gained).

15- Since his arrival at AC Milan in the summer of 2017, Franck Kessie is the Rossoneri player who has made the most appearances (223) and found the net the most times (37 goals) in all competitions. For the second consecutive season, the Ivorian netted AC Milan’s final goal of the campaign.

16- Rafael Leão, AC Milan’s joint-top goalscorer alongside Olivier Giroud, completed the most dribbles during the Serie A season just gone (98). The Portuguese, who picked up the 2021/22 Serie A MVP award, was also the player who had the most attempts at goal (44) and scored the most goals (six) after dribbles.

17- At the age of 35 years and 234 days, Olivier Giroud is the oldest player to have broken into double goalscoring figures in a debut Serie A season. After netting his first five league goals in home matches, the Frenchman bagged his next six on the road. AC Milan won all the games that Giroud scored in, collecting 24 points (eight matches).

18- When he found the net away to Venezia on 9 January, Zlatan Ibrahimović - at the age of 40 years and 98 days - became the third-oldest goalscorer in Serie A history, after Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days) and Silvio Piola (40 years and 131 days).

19- During the season just gone, the Swedish striker achieved three other feats: against Roma on 31 October, he scored his 400th career league goal; against Fiorentina on 20 November, he simultaneously became the oldest player of all time to score more than once in a single Serie A game and the first 40-year-old to net at least two goals in a match in the Top 5 European leagues (40 years and 48 days) in the 2000s. On 1 December, the Swede equalled Silvio Piola as the best scorer in Serie A history when only counting goals scored after turning 38 (31 goals), before he then went on to increase this tally to 33.


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