Jadon Sancho has followed in the footsteps of David Beckham after helping Borussia Dortmund grab a crucial victory.
Jadon Sancho has become the first Englishman since David Beckham to register 10 or more assists in a top 5 European league for three consecutive seasons.
The 21-year-old took his tally for the season up to 11 assists by setting up two of Borussia Dortmund’s three goals in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Mainz.
Sancho set Raphael Guerreiro for Dortmund’s opening goal before wonderfully assisting Marco Reus to double BVB’s advantage.
His exploits at the Opel Arena, therefore, allowed him to join Beckham in an exclusive club.
10 – Jadon #Sancho has registered 10+ assists for the third consecutive Bundesliga campaign, becoming the first Englishman to reach 10 assists in three straight seasons in Europe's top five leagues since David #Beckham between 1997-98 and 2000-01 (four seasons). All-seeing. pic.twitter.com/MLn09QRNyv
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 16, 2021
To equal the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star outright, however, Sancho needs at least another 10 assists for next term.
According to Opta, Beckham hit 10 or more assists for United across four consecutive campaigns between 1997/98 and 2000/01.
Julian Brandt, meanwhile, scored Dortmund’s third goal to wrap up all three points against Mainz, who got a late consolation goal through an injury-time Robin Quaison penalty.
The victory ensured Edin Terzic’s side of a top-four Bundesliga finish, and Champions League qualification for next season, with a game to spare.
Dortmund will welcome Bayer Leverkusen to Signal Iduna Park next Saturday for their season finale.