Manchester United, Real Madrid and European Football's Greatest-Ever Runners-Up

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Manchester United, Real Madrid and European Football's Greatest-Ever Runners-Up
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It is a cruel twist of fate that Roma could end their best-ever Serie A campaign without any silverware to show for it. The Giallorossi have collected 76 points so far, at an average of 2.375 per game. Maintain that pace and they will finish the season with 90.

Only two teams in Serie A history have ever taken more. One of those is the Juventus side of 2005/06, who made it to 91 before having their title stripped from them as punishment for their part in the Calciopoli scandal. The other is Inter's Scudetto-winning group from the following season, who took advantage of a weakened field as they raced to 97 points.

This season, though, the bar looks set to be raised even higher. After 32 games, league leaders Juventus are averaging 2.625 points per game—putting them on course to shatter Inter's record. They have not yet given up hope of reaching the century mark. 

Would that leave Roma as the greatest runners-up of all time? Perhaps not. Over the next five pages, we take a look at the competition from Europe’s top leagues.

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