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The Unbreakable Records in Football History



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Football is a sport that has been played for over a century, and over that time, there have been some remarkable performances and achievements. Records have been set and broken, but some seem almost unbreakable. Here are some of the unbreakable records in football history:


Pele’s 1,281 career goals

Pele, widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, scored an incredible 1,281 goals during his career. He achieved this feat while playing for Santos FC, the Brazilian national team, and the New York Cosmos.


This record is almost impossible to break, with the closest active player being Lionel Messi, who has scored over 700 goals but still has a long way to go to catch up to Pele.

Read: Top 10 Best strikers of all time

AC Milan’s 58-game unbeaten run

AC Milan went unbeaten for 58 games in Serie A between May 1991 and March 1993. This included 42 wins, and 16 draws and is a record that still stands today. With the level of competition in modern football, it is unlikely that any team will be able to go unbeaten for such a long time.


Edwin van der Sar’s 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal


Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar set a record for the longest time without conceding a goal in the English Premier League, going 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal for Manchester United during the 2008-09 season. This included a run of 14 consecutive clean sheets. This record still stands today and is considered one of the toughest for any goalkeeper to break.


Lionel Messi’s 91 goals in a calendar year

In 2012, Lionel Messi scored 91 goals in a calendar year, breaking Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals. Messi’s incredible feat included 79 goals for Barcelona and 12 for the Argentine national team. This record is still unbeaten, and it’s hard to see anyone surpassing it soon.

Read: Messi vs Dani Alves trophies – who is the most decorated player?

Just Fontaine scored 13 goals in a single World Cup

The French forward, who played for his national team from 1953 to 1960, achieved this remarkable feat in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. He scored four goals in his debut match against Paraguay, three goals against Yugoslavia, two goals against Scotland, one goal against Northern Ireland, and three goals in the third-place game against West Germany.

Read: World Cup Golden Boot winners list [Updated 2023]

The Frenchman holds the record for the most goals scored in a single edition of the World Cup and the most goals scored per game in the World Cup, with an average of 1.625.


Lionel Messi has won a total of 7 Ballon d’Or awards in 13 years

The Ballon d’Or is the most prestigious individual award in football, given to the best player in the world each year. Messi, who plays for Barcelona and Argentina, has dominated the award since 2009, winning it several times and finishing as the runner-up five times. No other player has won more than five Ballon d’Or awards in their entire career, let alone in such a short time.

Read: Messi best season – ranking the top 6 of his career

Brian Clough’s two European Cup wins with Nottingham Forest


Brian Clough led Nottingham Forest to two consecutive European Cup wins in 1979 and 1980, a remarkable achievement for a club of Forest’s size. The club has never won the European Cup since, and it’s unlikely they will be able to repeat Clough’s success in the modern era of European football.

Read: The Nottingham Forest European Cup stoy

These are just some of the unbreakable records in football history, and while records are always there to be broken, it’s hard to see anyone surpassing these achievements anytime soon.

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