As the saying goes on, records are meant to be broken but there are some records that are unlikely to be broken and would require some heroic efforts to break. So, let us look at the 10 such football records that will never be broken.
1. Most goals scored by a goalkeeper in a career
The goalkeeper’s primary job is to save goals not score, but with Brazilian goalkeeper, Rogerio Ceni did both. He recorded a total of 128 career goals in his career. Ceni netted a series of penalties and free-kicks into the back of the net. And in a few seasons, he became one of the leading strikers of his team. This record is very unlikely to be broken.
2. The fastest hat-trick ever
Very often you would see a player scoring a hattrick in a football game. In the case of Alex Torr of Rawson Spring, he scored a hattrick in just 70 seconds against Gardens. The first goal came in the 11 minutes of the game, the second just 30 seconds later and the third in the twelfth minute. Rawson won that match 7 goals against 1 for Gardens.
3. Longest penalty shootout
The Namibian Cup in 2005 was the stage for this stunning event in football history. A match between KK Palace and Civics had drawn 2-2 and proceeded to the penalty shootout. And which seems to be a never-ending penalty shootout ended in favor of Palace. They won by a margin of 17-16 after a total of 48 penalty kicks.
4. Most red cards in a football match
As Crazy as this sounds, but it really did happen. Back in 2011, Buenos Aires rivals Claypole and Victoriano Arenas were contesting a league match. Referee Damian Rubino handed out thirty-six red cards. Two players were already sent off before halftime. And then the second half descended into pure chaos. The players went to an all-out attack, and some nasty challenges led to 36 red cards in the match. The referee detailed he had sent off all 22 players, as well as an additional 14 made up of subs and coaches. That’s right, 36 red cards in one match.
5. Most goals scored in a calendar year
One of the most admired and famous footballers in the modern era of the game, Lionel Messi, holds this impeccable feat. The six-time FIFA Ballon d’Or award winner in the 2011-2012 football season scored a total of 91 goals for both club, Barcelona and National team, Argentina. Messi scored 79 goals for club side and 12 goals for his country, which helped him land a spot in the record books. It was one of the best years for Messi in his professional career.
6. Most Individual goals in a single football match
The 2002 World Cup qualifying match between Australia vs American Samoa saw Archie Thompson of Australia netting 13 times to set this astonishing record. Australia went on winning the game 31-0.
7. Most appearances by a Premier League player
The Premier League has been a really difficult environment for players to survive in the long-term, because of the matches being held continuously. It’s not an easy job to be injury-free always but there are certain players who adapted to the conditions perfectly and managed to play in it regularly throughout their career. While some players struggle to make 100 Premier League appearances, Reliable Gareth Barry showed incredible longevity by breaking the record of most Premier League appearances by a player. He’s currently holding that record, having made 653 appearances in the league for numerous teams.
8. Highest goals scored in a match in football history
The match between AS Adema and SO l’Emyrne played on 31 October 2002 was one of the most one-sided matches you’ll see in football history and it has also been added in the Guinness book of world records for producing the biggest scoreline in club football. AS Adema put a scoreline of 149–0 victory over SO I’Emyrne. It wasn’t a clean victory as SO I’Emyrne intentionally gave a cheap victory to arch-rival AS Adema in a protest over a refereeing decision.
9. Most number of World Cup medals held by a player
This record is held by none other than a legend, Pele. The one who burst onto the world football scene at age 16, excelling both for club team Santos and the Brazilian national side. Winning the FIFA World Cup is the absolute pinnacle in the career of any football player. And By the end of his career, Pelé had won three FIFA World Cups with Brazil, the most wins of the World Cup by any player.
10. Highest attendance for a single match
The fans play a huge part in any sports, players get more confidence with their chants. The Maracana Stadium holds the record for having the highest attendance for a single match during the 1950 World Cup final match between Brazil and Uruguay. Apparently, 199,854 fans were present in the stadium to watch the match. This incredible record will always remain unmatched because nowadays the stadium attendances are kept very limited.