As they say, records are meant to be broken, but that overused cliche might not apply to some sections of the round leather game.
Since the first ball was officially kicked, many a record have been set and broken, but some are too good to be true, and ever matching them looks nearly impossible.
Here are 10 of such “ridiculous” records :
Record : Most goals scored by a goalkeeper (131)
Holder : Rogerio Ceni
The Brazilian legend wasn’t only good with his hands, his legs were also some sort of goal machine.
The 43-year-old Sao Paulo icon retired last season, and his 25-year shot-stopping career saw him net 131 goals in 1,257 career appearances, all for the Brazilian club, and all the goals came from freekicks and penalties.
Record : Most goals scored in history (1468)
Holder : Josef Bican
The Messis and Ronaldos of this world got nothing on Bican. The Czech-Austrian striker scored about 800 goals between 1928 and 1955. However, including friendlies, he tallied 1,468 strikes.
He passed on in 2001 aged 88. His goals rest in peace, but his record lives on.
Record : Most consecutive European Cup wins (5)
Holder : Real Madrid
Before the UEFA Champions League assumed a new format in 1992, the Galacticos used to hold sway in the European cup days, and were champions consecutively from 1955 to 1960.
In total, they have won 11; 4 more than their closest competitor, AC Milan, and 6 more than Barcelona. The search for the first team to successfully defend the Champions League title continues till date.
Doing it 5 times on the bounce won’t happen in a long time.
Record : Highest match attendance (210,000)
Holder : Maracana Stadium ( Approximately 75,000 in current capacity)
The footballing nation of Brazil used to have the largest stadium in the world back in the days. And that ground once approximately sold out 174,000 tickets for a single game.
That game was the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay. Unconfirmed records say about 36,000 more football fans found their ways in to watch the game. Uruguay won by 2 goals to 1. There probably won’t ever be any football game that will pull such crowd.
Record : Highest scoreline in a game (149-0)
Holder : AS Adema vs SO l’Emyrne
Double digits and cricket scoreline comes once in a while in football, but triple digit? Then it should no longer be called soccer. But it actually happened in a Madagascan THB Champions League playoff in 2002.
As a protest against refereeing decisions in the game that preceded the match, SO l’Emyrne players decided to score bouts of own goals, and they made history with it. Classic!
Record : Least wins in an EPL season (1)
Holder : Derby County
The 2007/2008 season produced some great records. Chelsea played 21 games undefeated and Ronaldo scored 31 league goals.
But the most memorable is Derby County’s woeful record of just 1 league win. They had the longest winless run; 32 games and lost a total of 29 games.
The Rams (no pun intended) are yet to find their way back to the topflight since, but were close last season only to lose the Hull in the play-off semi final. Serves them right?
Most career appearances by a player (1141)
Record : Rogerio Ceni
Holder : Definitely none other than the legendary goalie. 2 decades and half of professional football earned him 1,257 total appearances.
Record : Only club to win European Cup with most home-grown players (14)
Holder : Celtic
The Lisbon Lions might have sheepishly conceded a record 6 goals in a single game this season, but it doesn’t take away the fact that they hold one of the most enviable records on the continent.
In 1967, they emerged European Cup champions, and they did it without “mercenaries”.
14 players of the 15-man squad weren’t only born in Scotland, they were all born and bred just some few miles away from Celtic’s home ground.
Record : Most international/national team goals scored by a player (109)
Holder : Ali Daei
The most prolific player to ever don a country’s national team colour is this unpopular Iranian.
In 149 games for the Middle Eastern side between 1993 and 2006, Ali scored 109 goals. Talk of the legend of Ali Baba and the 109 strikes.
Record : Most goals in a single World Cup tournament (13)
Holder : Just Fontaine
In all the World Cup editions played since the turn of the new millennium, the highest goals a player has scored in a single tournament is 8 (Ronaldo, 2002).
Some 58 years ago, France’s Fontaine got 13 in 6 games. Sadly, they weren’t enough to fire the French to the finals as Brazil, powered by Pele upfront got the better of them in the semis.
Les Bleus however ran riot in the Third-Place match, beating West Germany 6 goals to 3, with their talismanic striker bagging 4 goals.