The Men’s National Team says goodbye to Tokyo 2020 after falling (81-95) to the United States. A defeat that leaves Spain off the podium for the first time since Athens 2004, but in which the team competed and faced the top candidate for gold. A meeting in which he stood out Ricky Rubio with an outstanding performance.
The point guard, 157 times international, claimed his status as MVP of the 2019 World Cup with 38 points that supported Sergio Scariolo’s team. An annotation that assumes the Olympic record of a Spanish player by surpassing the 37 of Pau Gasol against China in Athens 2004. The female record stands at 32 points of Alba Torrens against China in Rio 2016.
Those 38 goals also represent Ricky Rubio’s best scoring mark as an international (in training categories he scored 51 points in the 2016 U16 European final), leaving behind the 26 he scored against Japan in the first phase. 38 points that also represent the best score of his career, beating the 34 he achieved with the Utah Jazz in San Antonio on February 3, 2018.
But the records do not end here for the point guard. According to the specialized portal ‘Hoopshype’, Ricky’s 38 points are the highest score by a rival player against the United States in the Olympics.
Top Spanish scores at the Olympic Games
- 38 points: Ricky Rubio (vs United States in Tokyo 2020)
- 37 points: Pau Gasol (vs China in Athens 2004)
- 33 points: Epi (vs Uruguay in Los Angeles 1984)
- 33 points: Chicho Sibilio (vs Brazil in Moscow 1980)
- 32 points: Chicho Sibilio (vs Senegal in Moscow 1980)
- 32 points: Clifford Luyk (vs Mexico in Mexico 1968)
- 31 points: Pau Gasol (vs Angola in Beijing 2008)
- 31 points: Pau Gasol (vs Australia in Rio 2016)
- 31 points: Andrés Jiménez (vs Puerto Rico in Seoul 1988)
- 31 points: Clifford Luyk (vs RFA in Munich 1972)
Top Spanish scores against the United States in the Games
- 38 points: Ricky Rubio (Tokyo 2020)
- 29 points: Pau Gasol (Athens 2004)
- 24 points: Pau Gasol (London 2012)
- 23 points: Pau Gasol (Rio 2016)
- 23 points: Andrés Jiménez (Barcelona 1992)