Nicolas Otamendi Breaks Cesc Fabregas' Impressive Premier League Record
Nicolas Otamendi was deservedly named in the Premier League Team of the Season after a superb season for Pep Guardiola's title-winners - and he's also bagged his own personal milestone.
The Argentine defender, much improved this term, holds the record for the most successful passes made in a single Premier League season with 2092.
Cesc Fabregas was previously the passing king ever since Opta began collecting such data in the 2006/07 campaign. The silky Spaniard managed 2829 in 2015/16.
Nicolas Otamendi has made 2902 successful passes in the Premier League this season.- Team FA (@TeamFA) April 18, 2018
That's nearly 300 more than any other player in the PL :dart: pic.twitter.com/g6aaMCmOZc
Otamendi has been a passing machine all season, with his ball-playing and possession-retaining abilities crucial to City's success.
Manchester City's official website wrote the following about their centre-back breaking the record:
"The City centre-back (Otamendi), selected in the 2017-18 PFA Team of the Year, has registered 2,902 passes, which is more than any other player has managed since data began being collected in the 2006-07 season.'
"It eclipses the previous best of 2,829 set by Cesc Fabregas in 2015-16.'
"Given Otamendi has achieved his number with five matches still to play is remarkable and means he is on course to become the first player to break the 3,000 mark!"
The former Valencia and Porto man will almost certainly surpass 3,000 passes in the remaining games of the season in an achievement that will no doubt please his manager.
"We have a superman in the team.- Manchester City (@ManCity) December 29, 2017
"If I would like to point to a player who deserves respect for what we have done so far this season, it is Otamendi." pic.twitter.com/VyRVxL0FjZ