UEFA: Barca and Madrid awarded most penalties in the UCL history
- Both La Liga giants have had 42 penalties in their favour each
- In total, 640 penalties have been awarded in the history of the campaign
According to a new report made by UEFA, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been awarded the most penalties in the history of the Champions League. In total, there have been 640 penalties given since the start of a new format of this competition in 1992. 84 out of them (13%) have gone in favour of both Barcelona and Real Madrid: 42 each.
Perhaps, the reason behind these record-breaking statistical figures is the both clubs' international success. The Catalans have currently played 253 games in the Champions League, one fewer than Los Blancos. That means that they average a penalty decision in their favour every six games, as per UEFA.
In fact, the last the Catalans were awarded a penalty in their Champions League happened back to the times when Neymar was still a Blaugrana. It was exactly at that incredible Remontada night when Barca beat PSG 6-1 at the Camp Nou. It was the Brazilian who netted a crucial goal from the spot in the dying minutes of the game. As for Real Madrid, they were given a scandalous last-minute penalty following Gianluigi Buffon's sensational expulsion in the last season's quarter-finals.
Curiously, during the first matchdays of the current campaign, there were NINE penalties awarded. In a single showdown between Valencia and Juventus there were three penalties given, however, only two of them were scored - by Juve midfielder and Blaugrana this summer's transfer target Miralem Pjanic. Neither Barca nor Madrid were given a penalty, however.