Soccer being such a vastly followed sport by millions all around the world has allowed it to grow by leaps and bounds over the years, and because of the innumerable stats, rules, and regulations surrounding the games, there are many records to be had in soccer.
There have been many iconic records which have been formed over the years, and while many of them bring a sense of pride to whoever is holding them, there are a few others which are remembered for all the wrong reasons. Not only are records created for winning trophies or scoring goals, but numerous aspects of soccer have ushered in the creation of many unique records.
Let’s look at records which would only be broken in inconceivable or ridiculous circumstances
Most Goals Scored in a Calendar Year
In 2012, Messi scored an incredible 91 goals in 69 games and he picked up the fourth—for his extraordinary feats in 2012, when he bypassed records set by Pele (75 goals in 1958) and Gerd Muller (85 goals in 1972) in January 2013 at a ceremony in Zurich.
You can never tell which generation is going to spout out another omnipotent superstar.
However, no matter how good that player is, they’ll do well to even come close to his record of scoring 91 goals in a calendar year.
In just 69 matches for Argentina and Barcelona, that little freak somehow scored at a rate of 1.3 goals per game for a whole year.
Successive European Cups/Champions League Titles Won
Staying with the 1950s for just a little longer, we have to recognise the great Real Madrid sides who won the first five European Cups.
Spearheaded by Alfredo di Stefano, the original all-conquering Blancos swept the continent with considerable ease.
The closest teams have come to replicating this kind of stronghold over Europe is with ‘threepeats’, with Ajax, Bayern and the modern Madrid the only sides to even achieve that.
Goals Scored By a Player at a Single World Cup
There was one man who stole the show at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, a player so gracious, so prolific, so incredible that he couldn’t be ignored any longer, and was almost instantly propelled to international stardom.
That man was Pele, who didn’t actually break this record – Just Fontaine of France did, scoring 13 goals in six games.
The 1958 World Cup is a pretty decent metaphor for Fontaine’s career, a tale of one of history’s greatest goalscorers becoming under-appreciated while others somehow grabbed the headlines.
With 257 goals in 269 games for clubs and country, he somehow won only three league titles and a French Cup in his career, though this record will probably belong to him for generations.
Biggest Margin of Winning One Match
You know when you were a kid and you got so angry playing FIFA or PES that to win a match you just switched teams and started scoring own goals? Well, that really happened once upon a time.
In a Madagascan playoff game in 2002, SO I’Emyrne were incensed with refereeing decisions in their previous match, and decided to make one of the biggest statements football had seen.
They deliberately started scoring own goals against AS Adema, booting the ball back to their net at every kick-off and losing 149-0.
For those who want to know what the biggest margin of winning a single match is without one side just acting like children, Arbroath beat Bon Accord 36-0 in a Scottish Cup game way back in 1885.
Most Goals Scored By One Player in an International Match
The reason this is limited to internationals is that the records get a bit hazy when looking at club goals.
There have been a few occasions where 14 goals scored by one player have been reported, but the paper trail is virtually non-existent. Pele also probably put 47 past some kids at the Brazilian version of Powerleague once and is trying to count that as an official match.
Archie Thompson of Australia holds the official record here, netting 13 of Australia’s 31 goals against an American Samoa side who had to rely on youth players who weren’t taking exams in a World Cup 2002 qualifier.
Longest Unbeaten Run
Arsenal fans skimming over this humming ’49, 49 undefeated’ to themselves need to hold their horses – you still lost in every cup competition you played in during your Invincibles season, Wayne Bridge still haunts your visions of winning the Champions League when you had a free run at it.
The real, uninterrupted record across all competitions belongs to Eusebio’s Benfica, who went 48 games without defeat between 1963 and 1965.
Even when you take into account records only including league form, Steaua Bucharest blow the Gunners away with 104 matches from 1986 to 1989.
Most Professional Appearances
Back before he started fighting the left-wing public on Twitter at any given opportunity, Peter Shilton was a bloody good goalkeeper.
Between 1966 and 1997, Shilton played 1,390 competitive games, and no one has come to within even 100 of equalling that tally, let alone somehow breaking it.
Longevity comes easier to goalies, but even then, you can’t just be any old bloke with a pair of gloves to have a professional career spanning three decades.
Most Goals Scored By a Goalkeeper in Their Career
There is a seven minute compilation dedicated to Rogerio Ceni’s best goals. Seven minutes. Of a goalkeeper scoring.
In 1,257 competitive appearances (second only to Shilton) for Sao Paulo, Ceni found the back of the net 131 times because of his unusual proficiency from free-kicks. Sure, it caused a scramble when he missed one and would have to sprint back to his own goal, but either way you were guaranteed some sort of spectacle.