SHOCKER: Celtic beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to Euro crown

Europe By: Linus Onyeze | 27/09/2017

Cristiano Ronaldo may have scored 110 Champions League goals, but him and his Real Madrid teammates and Barcelona have been beaten to a title by Celtic of Scotland.Cristiano Ronaldo may have scored 110 Champions League goals, but him and his Real Madrid teammates and Barcelona have been beaten to a title by Celtic of Scotland.

In what would come as a surprise to millions of fans across the world, Celtic, the perennial Scottish champions have emerged the most dominating side in Europe.

New statistics have shown that Brendan Rodgers' men are leading the way this season when it comes to retaining the football, and are showing the likes of Barca and Madrid exactly how it should be done.

Across European football's 35 leagues the green and white men of Parkhead are setting a stellar example in on-field domination, and hold an impressive 71 per cent average rate of ball possession.

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Celtic's closest rivals come in the form of German outfit Borussia Dortmund, who sit in second with a 70.2 per cent.

Paris Saint Germain, Shaktar Donetsk and Manchester City make up the remainder of the top five, with only Tottenham joining City in the top 20 as representatives from the Premier League.

Manchester United only manage to place in 73rd position, while Arsenal wallow in 83rd.

For Rodgers' Celtic the season has got off to a blistering start as usual, and peaked recently with a win over bitter rivals Rangers.

The Hoops ran the game from start to finish, taking a comfortable 2-0 scoreline and a vital three points.

Under Rodgers Celtic completed the incredible feat of going the entirety of the domestic season undefeated last year, scooping a treble of silverware along the way.



Team     Ball possession since start of season        Successful passes per match        Seconds per possession

Celtic                                     70.8                                                        659                                                         24

Borussia Dortmund         70.2                                                        654                                                         22

PSG                                        67.7                                                        645                                                         21

Shakhtar Donetsk            67.5                                                        589                                                         20

Manchester City               67.1                                                        637                                                         22

Hapoel Be'er Sheva         65.3                                                        523                                                         19

Barcelona                            64.1                                                        612                                                         17

Salzburg                               64                                                           445                                                         21

PAOK                                    64                                                           499                                                         16

Bayern Munich                  64                                                           616                                                         19

Olympiacos                         63.8                                                        505                                                         21

Panathinaikos                    63.3                                                        523                                                         17

Ajax                                       63.1                                                        528                                                         16

RB Leipzig                            63                                                           524                                                         19

Tottenham                           63                                                           548                                                         17

VPS                                        62.8                                                        610                                                         19

Zilina                                      62.7                                                        532                                                         22

AZ Alkmaar                         62.2                                                        527                                                         19

Vozdovac                            61.6                                                        469                                                         17

CSKA Sofia                           61.4                                                        431                                                         17