Following the conclusion of the Champions League Final, Atalanta’s Alejandro Gómez has emerged as the winner of thePanna d’Or, having completed the most nutmegs in top-flight European football in the 2019/2020 season.
With a tally of 12 nutmegs, Gómez has seen off the likes of Lionel Messi and Marcus Rashford to be crowned this year’s winner. The award caps off a successful season for Gómez, whose team reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time and finished third in Serie A.
The Panna d’Or, or Golden Nutmeg, has been created by arcade sports video game Street Power Football in partnership with StatsBomb, one of Europe’s leading stats agencies. The award has been decided using data tracking nutmegs across Europe’s top leagues and competitions.
Messi staked perhaps the best claim to catching Gómez, sitting on 10 nutmegs ahead of the quarter-finals, though FC Bayern Munich had other designs for FC Barcelona’s progress in the competition.
His compatriot, PSG’s Ángel Di María also features in the top 10 and was one of the few players to increase their tally in the Champions League’s latter stages, registering a nutmeg in the final against FC Bayern Munich, to finish the season on 9 nutmegs.
Now the season has concluded, StatsBomb’s data can reveal the following stats about this season:
- Total nutmegs across Europe’s top leagues and competitions: 2844
- Total Champions League nutmegs: 114
- Total Europa League nutmegs:183
- Total Premier League nutmegs: 360
- Total Series A nutmegs: 309
- Total Bundesliga nutmegs: 287
- Total La Liga nutmegs: 264
- Total Ligue 1 nutmegs: 229
- Top Premier League nutmegger: Marcus Rashford (11)
- Top Serie A nutmegger: Alejandro Gómez, Juraj Kucka (9)
- Top La Liga nutmegger: Lionel Messi (7)
- Top Bundesliga nutmegger: Jadon Sancho, Bastian Oczipka & Kai Pröger (8)
- Top Ligue 1 nutmegger: Angelo Fulgini (8)
The Panna d’Or has been created to mark the release of Street Power Football, an arcade sports game that brings freestyle football culture to life. The game launches August 25 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, and features its own Panna mode, allowing players to experience the joy of pulling off devastating nutmegs against bewildered opponents.
In launching the Panna d’Or, Street Power Football’s co-publishers SFL Interactive and Maximum Games set their sights on finding the next superstar schooled in the art of putting one ball through two legs.
“Huge congratulations to Alejandro on winning the Panna d’Or,” said Séan Garnier, freestyle world champion and Street Power Football cover star. “Virtually or in real-life maybe he’d like to take on the master and really test his panna skills.”
Street Power Football combines creative style with high-energy action for an over-the-top soccer and arcade videogame experience. Street Power Football features six distinct game modes, tons of customisable options to style your team to your liking, pumped up music, stages and real-world freestyle legends as in-game characters.
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