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Barça players lead the way for goals scored after one round of World Cup matches
Three goals have been scored by Barça players in Qatar (Ferran 2, Gavi), equalling the totals for PSG, AC Milan and Fenerbahçe players
Barça players are front and centre in Qatar. So far after one round of World Cup group games, no less than 13 have made their debut at the tournament, namely Frenkie de Jong, Memphis, Christensen, Lewandowski, Dembélé, Kounde, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Ferran Torres, Balde and Raphinha. Only Ter Stegen, Eric García, Ansu Fati and Araujo are yet to take the field from the 17 called up to their national squads.
The three goals scored so far by those 13 players have come from just two - Ferran Torres (2) and Gavi - in Spain's big 7-0 win against Costa Rica. It's also worth noting that De Jong, Dembélé and Jordi Alba got an assist in their respective wins.
Only three other teams can match those three goals scored by Barça players so far - PSG, with goals from a very familiar face at Barça, Leo Messi, plus Mbappé and Carlos Soler, AC Milan, with goals from Giroud (2) and Leao, and Fenerbahçe, with goals from Enner Valencia (2) and Batshuayi. So, FC Barcelona players are leading the way for goals scored so far.
15 goals the record to beat
The most goals scored by Barça players at a World Cup was 15 at USA 1994. Stoichkov scored six for Bulgaria, Romario five for Brazil, with two from Goikoetxea, one from Pep Guardiola and one from Txiki Begiristain, all for Spain. The closest challenge came at the last World Cup with the 11 goals scored at Russia 2018 by Barça players Yerry Mina (3), Coutinho (2), Luis Suárez (2) and Rakitic, Messi, Paulinho and Umtiti.
The current players have already scored three goals and the World Cup is only just getting going. Could they end up scoring 15 goals like the 1994 players did?