In the previous seven seasons, as many teams (four) have won the treble as there had been in the previous 53 combined, it’s certainly getting easier for elite outfits to sweep up the silverware.
Prior to Barcelona’s 2008/09 triumph on three fronts, only Celtic, Ajax, PSV and Manchester United had won their domestic league, cup and the most prestigious European trophy the game has to offer.
Since Pep Guardiola’s men joined the club, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and a Barcelona outfit managed by Luis Enrique have all achieved the once seldom-recorded feat.
With two to their name, Barca are the most successful treble winners of all time and they’re in the hunt to add a third (which would be their second in as many seasons) this time around.
Here’s how they’re faring on our treble tracker:
Arguably the most telling stat in our run down of what history’s past treble winners have in common is the frequent overcoming of English adversaries in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
The previous trio of three-trophy claimants did so having bested Premier League opposition in the round of 16, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City the victims.
Funnily enough, those three teams face treble-chasing stables in the first knockout stage of this season’s competition, with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev their respective foes.
Given their splendid form and ridiculous attacking riches, it’s hard to look beyond Los Blaugrana when determining who’s the most likely of the trio to claim all the top prizes this term, but PSG have complied with more trends a would-be treble-winner must adhere to along the path to glory.
With 13 group stage points recorded, Les Parisiens, 8/1 to win the Champions League, have matched the totals posted by the previous four treble winners.
The average age of the seven coaches to claim the accolade is 49, the age of Laurent Blanc at the start of this season, while the Frenchman also meets the average number of trophies a coach must’ve won prior to claiming the treble, which currently stands at four.
Furthermore, 75% of the previous three-title snaring supremos have been done so with a team based in their country of birth.