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A by-the-numbers look at international soccer, from Grahame L. Jones

Wayne Rooney comes up big for Manchester United, while Ronaldo and Robinho continue to come up short.

January 24, 2010


The number of goals scored by England striker Wayne Rooney on Saturday as Manchester United thrashed Hull City, 4-0, to move into first place in the English Premier League for the first time since November.


The number of days that have passed since the world's most expensive player, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, scored a goal for Real Madrid.


The number of international matches played for Germany by defensive midfielder Torsten Frings, who has been told by Coach Joachim Low that he will not be included on Germany's roster for the World Cup in South Africa.


The number of games it took Argentine star Lionel Messi to score 100 goals for FC Barcelona. Messi, 22, the 2009 FIFA world player of the year, is the youngest player ever to reach the century mark for the reigning Spanish, European and world champions.


Average attendance at Bundesliga matches in Germany in the first half of the 2009-10 season. The figure is a league record and represents a 5% rise over last season.


The weekly salary in dollars paid by Manchester City to Brazilian striker Robinho, who has proved to be a flop in England and is on the verge of being loaned to Santos of Brazil, which will pick up part of that paycheck.


The cost in dollars of Cape Town's 68,000-seat World Cup stadium, which opened Saturday with a scoreless tie between two local teams, Ajax and Santos, before Santos prevailed, 6-5, on penalty kicks. The stadium will stage eight World Cup matches, including a semifinal on July 6.

-- Grahame L. Jones

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