Al-Hilal breaks football world record with 28 consecutive wins

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Saudi football club Al-Hilal holds the new world record for most consecutive wins after 28 consecutive wins. [Image:]

Al-Hilal, a football club in the Saudi Pro League, has broken the world record for “most consecutive wins by a top team” with 28 consecutive wins.

Tuesday’s 2-0 win against Al-Ittihad

The 2-0 win over Al-Ittihad in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday took former Benfica and Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus’ team over the record line.

Al-Hilal’s winning streak stretches back to September 21, picking up maximum points in every game since the 1-1 draw against Damac. Thanks to the purple badge, the franchise also sits 12 points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr at the top of the Saudi Pro League.

Al-Hilal’s storied run is fueled in no small part by the elite soccer players it plundered from Europe’s top leagues as part of Saudi Arabia’s bid to become a global soccer market.

One of Al-Hilal’s – and perhaps the league’s – best purchases is former Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serb, who raised many eyebrows when he insisted on leaving Fulham, scored 26 of his side’s 81 goals during their winning run.

He will be joined by other stars in the team including former Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and Brazilian striker Neymar, who has been out since October due to a serious injury despite a cost of £77.6 million ($99.2 million) plus add-ons Knee injury is out.

Even without the mercurial Brazilian, Al-Hilal have surpassed Welsh club The New Saints’ 27 consecutive wins in 2016.


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