Ronald Araujo has become a regular in the FC Barcelona starting XI, and has proven to be up to the challenge. His speed, defensive solidity and aerial strength have been valuable to the team, as has his goal against Valencia, winner of December's Goal of the Month..
It has also led to a curious statistic: In his first 15 LaLiga games for the senior side, Barça are yet to lose. He has been absent from the team through injury or tactical reasons whenever the Blaugrana have suffered a defeat in league competition.
Not many Barça players can boast such a feat. Of the current squad, Leo Messi avoided a single loss in his first 21 games in LaLiga.
The record in the 21st Century belongs to Paulinho, who played 34 games in the Spanish top flight without a loss. That season, the team only came up short on the penultimate matchday of the season away to Levante, in which the Brazilian did not feature. He thus left the club never having tasted defeat in the league.
Araujo's playing style stands out for its solidity, but also for how clean his disciplinary record i. With only 4 fouls committed so far in the 2020/21 LaLiga season, he is the player with the 10th fewest fouls per minute, with 1 per 186.5 minute. The closest teammate to him in those standings is Jordi Alba, with an average of 1 per 184.5 minute.