Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have broken many records in football. Whatever one breaks becomes the next target for the other. If Ronaldo breaks a record in football today, wait for Messi to break another tomorrow. But there are other records set by football legends that will stay for a long time. Here are eight of them:
8. Most red cards in a game – 36 (Claypole vs Victoriano Arenas) including substitutes and technical staff.
This unheard of football scenario happened in the fifth tier of Argentinean football between rival teams Claypole and Victoriano Arenas. The thrilling match saw the referee Damian Rubino set a record by showing 36 red cards in a single game, dismissing all the players, substitutes and coaches.
7. Alex Torr – Fastest hat-trick ever
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A Sunday league footballer scored a hat-trick in 70 seconds – which is the fastest ever recorded. it’s not even easy for players to bag three goals in a modern football game, Scoring a quick hat-trick is a rarity for every player, The fastest Premier League hat-trick was by Sadio Mané for Southampton against Aston Villa in 2 minutes 56 seconds.
6. Masashi Nakayama’s 4 hat tricks in consecutive games (16 goals in 4 games)
2 hat tricks in consecutive weeks for @Cristiano. Masashi Nakayama sakkasenshu holds the world record – 4 straight hat tricks (Júbilo Iwata)
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Nakayama is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first and only person to score four consecutive hat-tricks, he did it in four J1 League games in a row, from 15 to 29 April in 1998. He scored 16 times in these games.
The Japanese football legend also holds the world record fastest hat-trick at international level. He netted three goals in an AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Brunei on 16 February 2000 in only three minutes and three seconds, beating the previous record of Englishman George William Hall set in 1938 (against Northern Ireland) by 27 seconds.
5. Rogério Ceni – World’s highest-scoring goalkeeper
Brazilian goalkeeper Ceni scored 131 goals in his career, 64 goals more than the second most goal-rich keeper in history, Jose Luis Chilavert. He spent 25 years of his career at São Paulo FC, where he won 20 major titles, including three Brazilian Leagues and two Libertadores Cup.