- The greatest sporting stars in the world have some amazing stats behind them
- Just how good are Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and the rest?
- Here, Sportsmail runs down the most weird and wonderful stats in sport
- Can you do better? If so, e-mail email@example.com
Head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have won six Super Bowls since 2000
Steve Smith has the second best Test batting average of all time behind Don Bradman
Lionel Messi has scored 671 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, and provided 286 assists
Wayne Gretzky has more assists in the NHL than any other player has total points
Tiger Woods was undoubtedly the top golf player in the world from 1997 until 2008
Roger Federer is the most decorated men’s tennis player of all time, holding many records
Serena Williams once went without losing two games in a row for almost a decade
Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have sent a player to the World Cup final every time since 1982
Bernard Tomic lost a match in 28 minutes in 2014, while one point once lasted 29 minutes
Every sports fan loves a good stat, finding the odd nugget that you can impress your mates with down at the pub.
For the last few miserable weeks, Steve Smith’s stunning Ashes form has been the talk of cricket. The former skipper been in imperious form, averaging a shade over 134 as he has proved an immovable object in Australia’s middle order.
He now averages 64.8 in Tests since he started out in 2010… an amazing stat considering the widely-used figure for an excellent Test career is around 40.
His achievements this summer got the staff at MailOnline Sport discussing the best stats across a number of sports… here are some of the best we came up with. If you have any other beauties, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are our best so far…
Belichick and Brady brilliance
The NFL’s New England Patriots could lose every single game for the next nine years, and they would still have a winning record under head coach Bill Belichick.
The Patriots are undoubtedly the most dominant force in modern American football, and Belichick has been at the helm since 2000.
Partnered with star quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick has won six Super Bowls, with an overall win/loss record of 225–79.
Smith’s great, on average
Without Steve Smith, this year’s Ashes would likely be very different. He almost single-handedly carried Australia’s batting lineup in the series, despite suffering a concussion in the second Test.
He’s done it throughout his career, too. Smith could get ducks for his next 31 innings, and his career batting average would still be over 50, a good figure for any batsman.
His current Test average is 64.81, second on the all-time list behind fellow countryman Don Bradman, whose average of 99.94 may never be beaten.
Messi has cleaned up
Everyone knows Lionel Messi has scored a lot of goals, but sometimes it’s good to put things in perspective.
A new player starting their career right now could spend the next 15 years scoring a massive 40 goals a season, and they would still be 71 goals behind Messi’s current tally.
He has scored 671 goals for club and country, and has a combined 286 assists as well.
Gretzky the GOAT
Ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky holds dozens of NHL records, and is by far and away the leading points scorer in the history of the league.
In the NHL, a point is awarded to a player for each goal and assist. Even if Gretzky never scored a goal (he has a record 894), he would still be the NHL’s leading points scorer thanks to his 1,963 assists.
Overall he has 2,857 points. His closest rival, 47-year-old Jaromir Jagr, has 1,921.
Tiger earned his stripes
Tiger Woods was untouchable in golf for almost a decade starting in the late 90s.
From 1997-2008, Woods shot a combined 126 under par in Major championships.
His closest rival during the same time period who played in at least 40 Majors was Joe Ogilvie, who shot a combined 63 OVER par.
With his surprise win at the 2019 Masters after coming back from multiple back surgeries, Tiger Woods moved to 15 career Major wins, now just three behind Jack Nicklaus’ 18.
Federer’s first and second
Roger Federer is so good at tennis he is first and second on the same record list.
He once reached 10 Grand Slam finals in a row, more than anyone else in history.
Then, after a brief hiatus, he reached the next eight Grand Slam finals in a row, also more than anyone else in history.
Of course, he also holds the record for most men’s Grand Slam victories, with 20.
Serena’s decade of dominance
Serena Williams has even more Grand Slam wins than Federer with 23, so it makes sense she has some crazy stats too.
She went almost a decade between 2009 and 2018 without losing two matches in a row.
Williams dropped four in a row in 2009, and then went on her amazing run until losing in the first round of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka in 2018.
Bayern and Inter world-beaters
Bayern Munich have won 72 trophies, making them the most decorated German football team by a huge margin. Inter Milan are third on the list in Italy, winning 39 in their history.
With all their success, they’ve produced some of the world’s best footballers, as evidenced by their incredible run of sending players to the World Cup final.
Every single World Cup final since 1982 has featured at least one Bayern Munich and Inter Milan player.
1982, Italy 3-1 West Germany: Gabriele Oriali, Giuseppe Bergomi (Inter Milan), Wolfgang Dremmler, Karl-Heinze Rummenigge, Paul Breitner (Bayern Munich)
1986, Argentina 3-2 West Germany: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Inter Milan), Norbert Eder, Dieter Hoeness, Lothar Matthaus (Bayern Munich)
1990, West Germany 1-0 Argentina: Andreas Brehme, Jurgen Klinsmann, Lothar Matthaus (Inter Milan), Stefan Reuter, Jurgen Kohler, Klaus Augenthaler (Bayern Munich)
1994, Brazil 0-0 Italy (Brazil won 3-2 on pens): Nicola Berti (Inter Milan), Jorginho (Bayern Munich)
1998, Brazil 0-3 France: Youri Djorkaeff, Ronaldo (Inter Milan), Bixente Lizarazu (Bayern Munich)
2002, Germany 0-2 Brazil: Ronaldo (Inter Milan), Jens Jeremies, Thomas Linke, Oliver Khan (Bayern Munich)
2006, Italy 1-1 France (Italy won 5-3 on pens): Marco Materazzi, Fabio Grosso (Inter Milan), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich)
2010, Netherlands 0-1 Spain: Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Mark van Bommel, Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
2014, Germany 1-0 Argentina: Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
2018, France 4-2 Croatia: Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
The 29 minute rally
A 1984 tennis match between Vicky Nelson and Jean Hepner had one point last 29 minutes.
They played a 643 shot rally, in a tiebreaker that lasted an hour and 47 minutes, as part of a match which went for six hours and 31 minutes.
To put that in perspective, Bernard Tomic lost an entire match in 28 minutes against Jarkko Nieminen in 2014.