They say records are meant to be broken. But those mentioned on this list may never come close to being matched. Such is the greatness of their feats that it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever replicate what they have done in the sport.
Today, we look at 10 of the greatest football records that will never be broken.
Most Career Goals Scored
The greatest player in the history of Czech football, Josef Bican was born in Austria and initially found fame at club and international level in Austria. He enjoyed huge success in both the Austrian and Czech leagues and played for both national teams in a top level career that lasted nearly twenty-five years, retiring only at 42. The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) judged that Bican has scored over 1468 goals in total but only 806 is official. It’s a surprise to many people that the holder of this record is in fact, not Pele. Even if Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both continued until their 40’s, it would seem almost impossible to beat this record.
Most Goals Scored in a Single Game
To start this list, we remember one of the most bizarre scorelines of any football match. In Madagascar, 2002, one of the teams in the domestic league, SO I’Emyrne, had been infuriated by the poor refereeing of their previous game. Out of retaliation, they decided to keep scoring own goals in their next match throughout the entire 90 minutes. If you’re wondering how many they managed to score, the answer is 149. That’s right. The score was 149-0. Talk about a sore loser.
Fastest Premier League Hat-trick
This was by far, one of the most memorable moments in the Premier League and the man who accomplished this is still out there scoring goals. Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s current star winger, is the holder of this record. Back in his Southampton playing days, he managed to score three goals in rapid succession against Aston Villa in the 2014/15 season. It took the then 23-year-old just 2 minutes and 56 seconds to set the new record which was previously held by Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler (4 minutes 33 seconds). Considering the high standards of the Premier League, we can safely say that Mane is going to be the proud holder of this record for a very long time.
Top Scoring Goalkeeper
Keepers are supposed to prevent goals, not score them. But Rogerio Ceni, a retired Brazilian goalkeeper for Sao Paulo, is redefined the role in a whole new way. The custodian was the most deadly set-piece taker for his team and scored 61 free-kicks and 70 penalties in his 25-year career at the club. He also managed to notch one more from open play, taking his overall tally to 132 goals. The veteran retired in 2015, and his record stands till this day as a result of his countless hours practising free-kicks on the training ground. Even in this day and age, some outfielders barely reach those numbers. Ceni was indeed one of a kind.
Only Goalkeeper to Score a Hat-trick
Sticking with the theme of goal scoring keepers, there is only ever one who scored a hat-trick. José Luis Chilavert is the name of the man who had done so. Much like Rogerio Ceni, Chilavert was a dead-ball specialist. It just so happened that in 1999, Argentinian side Vélez Sársfield had won three penalties in a game and Chilavert stepped up to score all three. That had marked the first time a goalkeeper had scored a hat-trick, and it will probably be the last unless anyone else has anything to say about it.
Most Goals Scored in a Single World Cup
Today, if a team were to make it to the finals of the World Cup, they would have to play seven games. Even so, a player wouldn’t feature in all the matches as fatigue could affect his game. So, five or six goals is already considered a pretty decent haul. But imagine scoring 13. That’s what France’s Just Fontaine did at the 1958 World Cup. He already had six in the group stages, and in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and third-place playoffs, he scored seven more, including four against defending champions. Yet, that feat was overshadowed by the rise of the young Pele in that same World Cup. What a tournament it must have been.
Most Red Cards Given in a Single Game
Did you know that referees are not restricted to how many red cards they can give or who they can give them to? Well, Damian Rubino certainly had a field day with that rule. He will forever live in infamy as the only referee to hand out 36 red cards in a single game. A fifth tier Argentinian football game spiralled into chaos, and things got violent. The referee proceeded to send off every single player on the pitch and even sent off some subs and coaches. Must have been a rough day (pun intended) at the office.
Most Appearances made by a player
The holder of this record would be the legendary English keeper – Peter Shilton – with 1,390 appearances in his career which is over three decades-long. Having played through four decades in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, he is the most experienced player of any generation. He is also the most capped player for England with 125 caps and retired at the age of 47 after a stellar career for club and country. It looks like this record will stand tall for many years to come unless Gianluigi Buffon continues playing for the next few seasons.
Fastest Red Card
This one is definitely unbeatable. Lee Todd, playing in a match for Cross Farm Park Celtic, was sent off two seconds after coming on. The story goes that the referee had blown the whistle which took the striker by surprise. Todd then muttered, “Fuck=k me, that was loud”, which was enough to warrant a red card from the referee. That was probably not the kind of immediate impact the manager wanted from his substitute.
Most Consecutive European Cup Wins
The European Cup is the most revered football competition in the world behind the World Cup. To win it means you’re the best team in the Europe, and essentially, the best team in the World. In 1955, Real Madrid won the inaugural European Cup, and they didn’t stop winning until 1960. They won five cups in a row and cemented themselves as the best team in Europe of that decade. It’s a feat that has only been nearly replicated by Madrid themselves in recent times with three consecutive wins in 2016, 2017 and 2018. It’ll be a while before any team comes close to matching that record.
Most Goals in a Calendar Year
Lionel Messi is often hailed as the best player of this generation, and this record justifies that notion. In 2012, Messi finished the year with 91 goals in 69 games – more than a goal per game! It’s a testament to his unbelievable talent, and it is relatively uncommon for players to be in such free-scoring form in this era. But Messi defied the odds. Currently, he still holds this record for the next best player in the world to break. Then again, can there ever be another that is as great as him?
The Longest Recorded Goal In History
Stoke City’s then-goalkeeper Asmir Begović shocked us all when he scored from a long goal kick. The goal that no one saw coming earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest goal scored in football at 91.9 meters. His kick, after 13 seconds, caught the wind and bounced over Artur Boruc into the Saints’ net.
BONUS: Most decorated manager in football history
Sir Alex Ferguson is the undisputed number one, coming out on top with 49 major honours and collecting 17 more than his nearest contender – Mircea Lucescu. The rest of the managers are likely retired or almost impossible to contest the numbers with the only exceptions being Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. On paper, these two rival managers are at 25 trophies a piece, and to achieve another 25 in order to surpass Ferguson’s record, seems almost impossible.Leave a comment