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5 Footballers With the Most Guinness World Records

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5 Footballers With the Most Guinness World Records

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In the world of football, where amazing things happen and heroes are made, there are bold and daring individuals who break all the rules and redefine what people thought was possible. These extraordinary people not only dominate the game but also make their mark in the famous Guinness Book of World Records.

Whether it’s scoring the most goals in a season or winning the most games in a row, these players make a lasting impact on the sport’s history.

With their limitless skills, tenacity, and commitment, they set off on a remarkable journey, surpassing all expectations and pushing the limits in ways that were unimaginable. In this article, we’re all aboard an exciting exploration of these football trailblazers as they fearlessly rewrite the Guinness World Records, eclipsing boundaries, and creating a legacy that will be remembered forever.

1. Lionel Messi – 41 Guinness World Records

Argentinian magic, Lionel Messi, holds an impressive array of Guinness World Records, surpassing even Cristiano Ronaldo in the overall standings. With a tally of 34 trophies at the club level, he stands as one of the most decorated footballers in history. Messi’s accomplishments extend beyond clubs, as he has triumphed in prestigious tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, Copa América, and CONMEBOL titles on the international stage.

In the lead-up to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Guinness World Records acknowledged that Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Arjen Robben had each secured six Man of the Match awards at previous World Cup tournaments. However, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Argentine veteran pulled ahead significantly by earning the individual accolade five times, including in the final match.

At the young age of 24, while playing for Barcelona, Messi reached a momentous milestone by scoring his 50th goal in the UEFA Champions League, becoming the competition’s youngest player to achieve this feat. Furthermore, he has graced the covers of numerous video games, such as the FIFA series from EA Sports and the PES game series from Konami, making him the most featured footballer in multiple franchises, including PES 2009, PES 2010, PES 2011, FIFA Street, FIFA 13, FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA 16, PES 17, and the PES 18 Legendary Edition.

Not only is Messi celebrated for his on-field prowess, but he also tops the list as the highest-earning player in football, with the most significant annual earnings. He has achieved numerous milestones, including being the first player to score five goals in a single Champions League match and featuring in an astounding 520 LaLiga matches for Barcelona, setting a record for the foreign player with the most LaLiga appearances.

Apart from his other accomplishments, Messi has made history by scoring the most goals as a substitute in a Copa America Match. He achieved an impressive hat trick in only 19 minutes. These records prove Messi’s incredible talent and lasting impact on the world of football.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 40 Guinness World Records

Cristiano Ronaldo, the renowned Portuguese footballer, has achieved a significant milestone of 200 international caps for Portugal, earning him recognition from Guinness World Records. This remarkable feat was accomplished during a Euro 2024 qualifier match against Iceland on June 20th. To honor his achievement, Ronaldo was presented with a formal certificate as the new official record holder by Guinness World Records.

In addition to this accomplishment, Ronaldo was also recently awarded the title of the highest-paid athlete in a year, having earned an impressive $136 million in 2023.

Moreover, Ronaldo managed to break Ali Daei’s 17-year reign as the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football by surpassing Ali’s 109-goal haul. He did so with style during a World Cup qualifier against Ireland, where he scored two late headers to secure a dramatic 2-1 comeback win.

Ronaldo also boasts the best record in Champions League history, with an impressive 134 goals in 175 games. Among these, he scored 15 goals for Manchester United, 105 for Real Madrid, and 14 for Juventus. He also shares the record for the most hat-tricks in the Champions League with Lionel Messi, both having achieved eight hat-tricks.

Another remarkable record held by Ronaldo is his joint achievement with Radamel Falcao for the most goals in a single season in a UEFA European club competition. Ronaldo achieved this milestone during the 2013-14 season when he scored 17 goals to lead Real Madrid to Champions League victory.

Furthermore, Ronaldo has set the Guinness World Record for an 11-game goal run between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Champions League campaigns, making him the player with the most goals in any UEFA European club competition.

During the World Cup, Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a hat trick, accomplishing this at 33 years and 130 days. His exceptional performance during a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain not only stole the show but also made him the first Portuguese player in history to score in four consecutive World Cups. In the same game, he also equaled the record for the most goals scored in World Cups, having scored in four different editions of the tournament for Portugal (2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018).

Apart from his on-field achievements, Ronaldo also holds numerous social media records, including being the athlete with the most followers on Twitter, Instagram, and the most followed person on Instagram overall. He also holds the record for the most viewed Wikipedia page for an athlete (male) and the most likes for an athlete on Facebook.


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3. Robert Lewandowski – 9 Guinness World Records

In 2015, Robert Lewandowski made headlines worldwide with an extraordinary display of skill when he scored an incredible five goals in just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute. He is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest number nines in football history. To commemorate this mind-boggling achievement against Wolfsburg, he was honored with four certificates from the Guinness Book of Records.

Lewandowski’s feats have secured him several remarkable records. He now holds the record for the fastest hat trick, achieving it in an astonishingly short time of three minutes and 22 seconds. Additionally, he accomplished the fastest four-goal haul in just five minutes and 42 seconds, followed by the record for the fastest five-goal salvo. Furthermore, he became the first player in the German league to score five times as a substitute.

It’s worth noting that Lewandowski’s extraordinary performance occurred when he joined the match at halftime against Wolfsburg. Despite being on the field for just a brief period, he managed to find the net five times in an unbelievable span of eight minutes and 59 seconds. This impressive display of talent and efficiency further cements Lewandowski’s status as a football legend.

4. Kylian Mbappe – 5 Guinness World Record

Kylian Mbappe is now part of the elite list, and his performances for PSG and France have been outstanding. As France’s captain, he achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the youngest player to score 100 goals in the top division of French football.

Mbappe has surpassed his PSG teammate Neymar in the rankings. He played a pivotal role in France’s World Cup victory and even scored a hat-trick in the 2022 final. This young talent is undeniably one of the greatest, securing the fourth spot on the list.

5. Neymar – 4 Guinness World Records

Neymar, the Brazilian forward, stands out as one of the finest players in modern football, earning immense fame and success throughout his career. He has had the privilege of playing for two of the world’s top football clubs. In fact, his achievements have led to comparisons with the legendary Pele.

An event in Neymar’s career occurred when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) sought to acquire him from Barcelona. This transfer required a staggering fee of €222 million, the amount stated in his release clause. This groundbreaking transfer not only made him the most expensive footballer in history but also secured him a place in the Guinness World Records. To put this into perspective, it surpassed the previous record set by Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United, which cost €105 million.

Neymar also made a mark for his name in Olympic history during the 2016 Summer Olympics. In Brazil’s semifinal match against Honduras, he achieved the record for the fastest goal ever scored in Olympic history, finding the back of the net in a mere 14 seconds. Prior to Neymar’s feat, this record belonged to Mexico’s Oribe Peralta.


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