5 of football's craziest records which may never be broken

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi scored a staggering 91 goals in 2012
Lionel Messi scored a staggering 91 goals in 2012 / LLUIS GENE/GettyImages

Football is arguably the most popular sport in the world, and over the course of more than century of the game there have been some extraordinary and unlikely incidents taking place.

Here, we take a look at five of the craziest records in the sport that may never be broken.

1. Most goals in a calendar year - Lionel Messi


Lionel Messi is widely recognised as the greatest player in the history of the sport, and the Argentinian holds a record which may never be broken in the near future.

The Argentinian scored a staggering 91 goals in 2012, 79 of those coming for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina, with the striker breaking the previous record of 85 goals held by Germany and Bayern Munich legend, Gerd Muller.

2. Most career goals scored by a goalkeeper - Rogerio Ceni

Rogerio Ceni
Sao Paulo v Liverpool - FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup Final / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

There will never be another goalkeeper like Rogerio Ceni, with the Sao Paolo legend scoring a staggering 131 goals during his career - of which 21 came in a single season in 2005.

3. Most saves in a World Cup game - Tim Howard

Tim Howard
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier / Mike Lawrie/GettyImages

Tim Howard played for the likes of Manchester United and Everton during his career, but he will most famously be remembered for producing an astonishing 16 saves against Belgium in a knockout game in the 2018 World Cup.

What made it painful for the goalkeeper was that the United States of America went on to lose the game 2-1.

4. Oldest active player - Ezzeldin Bahader

Saitama Stadium
Brazil v Egypt: Men's Football Quarterfinal - Olympics: Day 8 / Zhizhao Wu/GettyImages

Ezzeldin Bahader made history in March, 2020 when he turned out for his club at the age of 74 years and 125 days old - thereby becoming the oldest footballer in history.

Bahader even managed to score a penalty on his record breaking appearance.

5. Most red cards in a single game - 36

Mattias Gestranius
KRC Genk v Dinamo Zagreb: Group H - UEFA Europa League / Pixsell/MB Media/GettyImages

According to the Independent, an astonishing 36 red cards were handed out in a game between Claypole and Victoriano Arenas in the fifth tie of Argentinian football in 2011.

A mass brawl after the first half break led to the referee, Damian Rubino sending off every single player, substitutes and members of the coaching staff.