5 Guinness World Records Held By Footballers

  1. Lionel Messi :

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The Argentine is arguably one of the best footballers ever to play the game. Since his introduction to the world of football, the Barcelona superstar has gone on to break a number of records both at the club and international level. But there is one specific record that is going to be very difficult to break is the ‘Most goals scored in a calendar year’ record. Messi scored 91 goals in 2012, 79 for Barcelona, 12 for Argentina, beating the previous best (85) held by Gerd Mueller. It is an amazing feat to achieve.

  1. Pele :

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From one South American to another, Pele has been nothing short of a legend. Famously known as the King of Football, Pele dominated on the field with his brilliant skills in front of the goal. The Brazilian holds the most number of goals scored in football ever with 1279 goals scored in a span of almost 22 years. Pele won the World Cup three times with Brazil, winning the most number of World Cup won by a player.

  1. Jone Samuelsen :

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We have seen footballers score long range goals and sometimes even from their own half. While those goals look spectacular, Jone Samuelsen came up with one such special goal, only this time using his head. In the Tippiligaen league in Norway, when ODD Grenland faced Tromso, Tromso were trailing 2-1 and were awarded a corner in the dying minutes. They brought everyone including their goalkeeper to score through the corner and it was then when the corner clearance was met by Samuelsen’s head and he scored in an empty net, scoring the longest headed goal scored in a competitive match.

  1. Rogerio Ceni :

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Ceni is a Brazilian goalkeeper, who played for Sao Paolo FC for 23 years, making the record of playing most number of games for a single club (1237 games) and also the record for playing the most number of games as a captain. If that wasn’t enough, the goalkeeper made an amazing record scoring 131 goals in spite being between the sticks. That is correct, he was a goal scorer and apparently, made good use of the set pieces won by his team.

  1. Just Fontaine :

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The Frenchman set a fabulous record in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden while playing for France. Fontaine went on to score 13 goals in that tournament, scoring the most goals scored by a player in a single World Cup. The goals involved a hat-trick in the first match and went on to score multiple goals in four out of six games. Till date, i.e. over the course of 58 years, his record has stood by and it is likely to stay for much longer.

 

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