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GW20 FPL stats: Captain Ronaldo delivers after Salah's blank

30 Dec 2021
Manchester United v Burnley

Second most-popular armband pick produces a goal and an assist, heavily outscoring the No1 choice

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Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) rewarded the Fantasy Premier League managers who kept faith in him in Gameweek 20, with the second most-popular captain heavily outscoring the top pick Mohamed Salah (£13.0m).

Ronaldo disappointed a host of FPL bosses in Gameweek 19, blanking at Newcastle United and picking up a booking for a meagre one-point return.

But over a million managers backed the Manchester United forward with the armband at home against Burnley, and he delivered in style with a goal and an assist, earning a 24-point captaincy haul.

GW20 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Salah 3,919 0
Ronaldo 1,083 12
Son 432 6

That will have shaken up FPL mini-leagues, given that the most-popular pick Salah got zero points at Leicester City on Tuesday, missing a penalty.

Son Heung-min (£10.5m) was entrusted with the captaincy by more than 432,000 managers and he got an assist in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw at Southampton, but his tally was only half of Ronaldo's total.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Pts
Salah 58 0
Son 16 6
Jota 7 2

None of the top 100 FPL managers picked Ronaldo as their captain.

Liverpool's Diogo Jota (£8.1m) replaced his Portuguese countryman among the top three choices in the leading group. But, like Salah, he failed to produce attacking returns at Leicester.

GW20 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Antonio 411 5
De Gea 302 2
Lucas Moura 291 1

The most-bought player for the second time this season, Michail Antonio (£7.7m) rewarded his 411,000+ new owners with an assist in West Ham United's 4-1 win at Watford.

More than 302,000 managers snapped up David De Gea (£5.2m). The majority of those sold Aaron Ramsdale (£5.1m), who was without a fixture in Gameweek 20 following the postponement of Arsenal's home match with Wolverhampton Wanderers

And Spurs' Lucas Moura (£6.5m), the highest-scoring player in the previous round with 17 points, completed the top three transfers-in. 

Unfortunately, his 291,000+ buyers were left disappointed as the Brazilian was only a second-half substitute at Southampton following his exploits against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

GW20 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
Watkins 471 0
Smith Rowe 453 0
Ramsdale 299 0

Ahead of Ramsdale among the most-sold players were Ollie Watkins (£7.8m) and Emile Smith Rowe (£6.0m).

With Aston Villa's trip to Leeds also postponed, none of the top three transfers out featured in Gameweek 20.

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