The top-5 leagues in Europe are touted as the most difficult leagues in the world. The five are – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie-A and Ligue-1. Almost all of these have 20 teams each except for Bundesliga, with 18 teams.
There have been only 4 instances of any team scoring 100 or more than 100 points in a single season in the top-5 leagues in Europe. Let us have a look at the centurions.
Real Madrid (2011/12) – 100 Points
In the 2011/12 season, Real Madrid, under Jose Mourinho, achieved the impossible. The Los Blancos ended the season with 100 points on the table winning their 32nd La Liga title. With Mourinho leading, Real Madrid turned into an ultra-attacking side as they scored a record total of 121 goals . Like all other Mourinho teams, the Galacticos were defensively water-tight and finished the season with a goal difference of +89.
The Los Blancos won 32 games, drew 4 and lost just 2 games in the entire La Liga season. Cristiano Ronaldo was in the thick of things for Real Madrid. He ended up playing all the La Liga games and scoring 46 goals. The goalscorer was crucial in Los Blancos’s record-breaking season along with Higuain and Benzema who scored 22 and 20 goals respectively.
Barcelona (2012/13) – 100 Points
It was as if Barcelona were waiting for their fiercest opponents to reach 100 points, as they themselves did the feat the very next season. The Catalonians were managed by Pep Guardiola’s former assistant Tito Vilanova. Barcelona played the same brand of attacking football consisting of constant passing and movement. The club increased the club’s attacking threat by adding Jordi Alba to the line up. Barcelona replicated Real Madrid’s record last season with 32 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses.
Lionel Messi starred throughout the season as the Argentine scored a total of 46 goals in the league. Messi scored against every opponent at least once, in the league, for the first time. This record also meant that Barcelona were the first side ever to score in every La Liga game of the season. Messi was at the heart of everything Barcelona did going forward. This can be seen by the fact that the side’s second-highest goalscorer was Fabregas with 10 goals.
Juventus (2013/14) – 102 Points
Juventus, in the 2013/14 season scored more than 100 points in the league. This is still the record for the highest points tally in any of Europe’s top-5 leagues. The Old Lady registered a mammoth 102 points in the Serie-A table that season. They are also the only team in the best leagues with 20 teams to register 33 wins in a season. Antonio Conte’s men thrashed every team that came their way and their record will take some beating.
Juventus, at the start of that season, bought Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to get more goals from the team. And it is exactly what both the veteran strikers did, as they scored the most goals for the club with 19 and 16 respectively. Conte’s men were defensively solid with 22 clean-sheets and conceded only 23 goals in the league that season.
Manchester City (2017/2018) – 100 Points
The most recent centurions and the only ones to ever achieve the feat in the Premier League are Manchester City, in the 2017/18 season. Under Pep Guardiola the Mancunians turned into one of the most attacking sides to ever grace the Premier League. That City team broke several records during the course of the season including most points ever in a Premier League season, most away points, most wins, most goals scored and highest goal difference. The ultra-attacking side scored a whopping 106 goals and had a goal difference of +79.
The blue half of Manchester was a fortress as the side lost only one game at the Etihad Stadium in the entire season. Manchester City won a total of 32 games in the Premier League and had bought centre-back Aymeric Laporte to tighten the defence, as City conceded only 27 goals that season. This City side only lost a couple of games and as of now, stands as arguably the greatest Premier League side.
The clubs mentioned above are the only sides to have secured 100 points in the top-5 leagues, but there are other sides as well who have achieved this milestone. These sides include –
- Barry Town (1996/97) – 105 points (in a 40-game season)
- Barry Town (1997/98) – 104 points
- Celtic (2001/02) – 103 points
- Reading(2005/06) – 106 points (Not in Premier League)