An incredible stat about ex- Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has emerged that emphasises how key he is for Switzerland at major tournaments after his side’s 1-0 win against Cameroon.

Even in his nation’s World Cup opener, the former Bayern Munich forward exhibited his inevitability in a Swiss shirt.

As the Cameroonians looked set to take the lead, Shaqiri set up a pinpoint cutback in the box for Breel Embolo to finish.

Eventually, Switzerland grinded their way to a victory, as the former Reds wideman came up clutch for his country once again.

While it is commonly acknowledged how brilliant the 31-year-old is for his country, a staggering stat just proves how influential he is.

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The incredible stat that puts Shaqiri’s class for Switzerland into context

As per Opta Franz via Twitter, Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in 50% of Switzerland’s 24 goals in their last four appearances in major tournament (pertaining to the World Cup and the Euros).

Out of these 12 goal involvements, the former Liverpool man has scored an impressive 8 goals and assisted 4 assists.

Once again against Cameroon, it was Shaqiri that found the answer when the rest of his teammates struggled to.

Shaqiri continues to shine at international level

While things have gone up and down for the now-ageing forward at club level, he remains one of the best in the world on the international stage.

Also, considering the fact that Xherdan Shaqiri does not play for one of the biggest footballing nations out there, his feats dwarf several other top players in major tournaments.

Against Cameroon, it was Shaqiri who emerged as a usual suspect again and over the years, the stat proves how splendid he is in a Swiss shirt.

There needs to be a conversation about the Chicago Fire man being one of the best players at the stage international in years.

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