Barcelona break Spanish record with 180 goals in 2015
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 31/12/15 1:03am
One hundred and eighty! Barcelona broke Real Madrid's Spanish record for most goals in a calendar year on Wednesday night, taking their tally for 2015 to 180.
Fresh from winning their fifth trophy of the year at the Club World Cup in Japan, Barca returned to La Liga action and strolled past Betis thanks to two goals from Luis Suarez, another from Lionel Messi and a Heiko Westermann own goal.
Messi has 48 of those 180 goals, Suarez also has 48 goals and Neymar has 41, meaning the trio make up for 75 per cent of the Catalan side's goals this year.
How were the 180 goals scored?
|Outside of box||17|
Barcelona ended the year two clear of Real Madrid's 178-goal haul of 2014, which came in the year they won the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and Club World Cup under Carlo Ancelotti.
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo scored 108 of those 178 goals, or 60.6 per cent.
Breakdown of Barcelona's 180 goals
|Pedro, Gerard Pique||5 each|
|Sandro, Jeremy Mathieu||3 each|
|Rafinha, Munir, Sergi Roberto, Andres Iniesta, Adriano, Marc Bartra||2 each|
|Thomas Vermaelen, Xavi, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba||1 each|
Suarez in particular has been on fine form of late as part of the 'MSN' trio, and his double at the Nou Camp means he now has 19 goals in his last 12 games for the club.
The next top scorer in 2015 was midfielder Ivan Rakitic with seven, while 17 of the 180 goals were from outside the box, and 19 were headers.