Stats: Who had bigger World Cup impact - Robben or Sanchez?

Arjen Robben

A Bayern Munich man who reportedly rejected Manchester United against Arsenal's latest acquisition from Barcelona - who wins on World Cup data alone?

Whilst occupying different sides of the pitch, Netherlands superstar Arjen Robben and Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez have both been credited for the versatility they displayed at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Playing like auxiliary forwards, after occupying wide positions for their respective clubs Bayern Munich and Barcelona throughout the season prior, both players were in devastating form - but who made the bigger impact in the competition?

 Touches & passes NationMins /TouchPass AccCross AccMin /Final Third EntryMin /Pen Area EntryMin /LayoffMin /Chances CreatedAppMin
Robben Netherlands 1.7 86.7% 33.3% 36.3 38.3 86.3 40.6 7 690
Sanchez Chile 1.4 73.6% 31.3% 19.5 19.5 78.0 55.7 4 390

Recently acquired Arsenal forward Sanchez saw more touches on the ball per minutes played, but Dutchman Robben returned a far superior passing accuracy and was also more accurate in the cross.

Sanchez's ability to threaten inside danger-zones - the final third and the penalty area in particular - is twice as good as the Bayern man's, though, as the Gunner penetrated the attacking zone once every 19 minutes on average.

Whilst Robben created more goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates - every 40 minutes compared to every 55 for Sanchez - that may come down to the enhanced positional awareness of the Oranje squad and also his own ability to complete a pass (86% to 73%).

 Shots, goals & assists NationShot AccMins /ShotGoalAssistGoal + Assist /MinsAppsMins
Sanchez Chile 57.1% 55.7 2 1 130 4 390
Robben Netherlands 47.4% 36.3 3 1 172.5 7 690

In and around goal, Sanchez tops Robben as he was more accurate with his shooting (57% compared to 47%) and either scored or assisted once every 130 minutes he was on a World Cup pitch, compared to every 172 minutes.

Considering Sanchez scored a high-profile transfer off the back of his international performances and was considered the star who carried a good Chile team, next to a strong Robben who was one of many stars for the Netherlands, it is the former who emerged as the player who made a stronger impact.

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