Barcelona star Claudio Bravo has made history by becoming the first goalkeeper to keep 22 La Liga clean sheets with the Catalans since the Spanish top-flight changed its format.
The Chilean international arrived at the Nou Camp in the summer for a fee of €12 million and was immediately named as the club’s number one stopper in the league.
Following now-Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes was a tough ask given the Spaniard’s immense success at the club, but Bravo has ultimately had a dream debut campaign.
Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over former club Real Sociedad took his clean sheet tally to 22 for the season, the best La Liga tally this side of the millennium.
22 - Claudio Bravo has kept 22 clean sheets in La Liga this season, more than any other 'keeper since 98/99. Hawk. pic.twitter.com/KO7IJCCvrm— OptaJose (@OptaJose) Mayo 9, 2015
Moreover, Bravo’s feat now takes him two clear of Valdes’s record of 20 – a feat he achieved twice during a trophy-laden period under former boss Pep Guardiola.
It is yet more recognition of the work Luis Enrique has done since taking over from the departed Argentine coach Gerardo Martino last summer.
Defensively, the Catalans have been absolutely superb and owing to their quality in the final third they have every chance of finishing the campaign as treble-winners.
Real Madrid’s draw at home to Valencia now leaves them trailing the leaders by four points, a gap Barcelona are expected to maintain with only two games remaining.