Some of the latest and greatest feats, accolades and achievements in world football that feature in the sports pages of the new and updated Guinness World Records 2016 Edition can today be revealed.
Guinness World Records visited Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham to present boss Jose Mourinho with awards for his four records that feature in this year’s book.
Mourinho’s titles include: Most Points in a Premier League Season (95), Most Champions League’s Won at Different Clubs, Youngest Manager to Reach 100 Champions League Games (49 years 12 days) and Most Games Unbeaten at Home in the Premier League (77).
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach was so proud of his awards that they were instantly hung up in his office.
In typically confident style, the ‘Special One’ said he was looking forward to adding to his certificate haul:“The fact that I can hang these awards in my office is nice. It’s something fun and as a kid you could never imagine that one day you would be in Guinness World Records Book. I’m now more focused on winning the next game than on what I’ve done in the last 10 or 15 years."
Having scored his 27th treble in the Spanish top flight last season, Cristiano Ronaldo now hods the title for the most hat-tricks scored in La Liga, overtaking Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano. Ronaldo is also the Most followed Athlete and Person Ever on both Facebook and Twitter (over 27 million followers) cementing his status as the most discussed figure in the world.
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling enters the record books for his two goals against Burnley last season when, after coming off the bench after 5 minutes 9 seconds, scored to earn the record for the Fastest Goal in the Premier League by a Substitute from Kick Off. He had only been on the pitch for 22 seconds and scored again to earn a second record for the Most Goals in the Premier League Scored by a Sub in the First Half.
The International Football pages take an in-depth look back at the 2014 World Cup with winners Germany bagging a number of records. The winning goal by Mario Goetze in the final was the First Winning Goal by a Substitute in a Final, this was also Germany’s 224th goal which is the Most Goals Ever by a Team in the World Cup.
In addition, their 7-1 humbling of Brazil in the semi-final was the Heaviest Defeat Suffered by a Host Nation and Miroslav Klose’s goal in the game was his 16th earning him the record for the Most Goals Ever Scored at the World Cup.
Other football records featuring in the Guinness World Records 2016 book
· Most Champions League goals - Lionel Messi – 77 goals
· Oldest Player to Score in the Champions League – Francesco Totti aged 38 years and 59 days
· Youngest Player in a European Championship Qualifier – Martin Odegaard – 15 years 300 days for Norway
· Most Consecutive Wins of the African Player of the Year Award – Yaya Toure with four wins
· Most Goals Scored by a Goalkeeper – Rogerio Ceni with 124 goals for Sao Paulo
· Fastest time to be Sent off in a Copa Libertadores Match – Alejandro Bernal after just 27 seconds
· Most Goals Scored in International Football (female) – American Abby Wamach with 178 as of March 2015
· Most Tweeted Sporting Event – 2014 World Cup Final – Germany v Argentina - 618,725 tweets per min
· Longest Unbeaten Streak in the Bundesliga by a Player – Jerome Boateng – 56 matches between 3 Nov 2012 – 19 Dec 2014
· Most Consecutive International Losses – San Marino with 61 losses between 4 Sept – 14 Oct 2014
· And…Jamie Redknapp with the Fastest Three Point Turn (11.85secs) and Fastest Time to Drink a Cup of Hot Chocolate (5.14 seconds)
Commenting on the new football entries, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “We have over 50,000 records on our archives and only 4,000 make the cut into each edition so we like to highlight the very best of football”
“It has been another incredible year of sporting achievements which pays true to the fact this still remains our most competitive and breakable element of all of our records.”
All these incredible sporting feats and more appear in Guinness World Records 2016 Edition which is out September 10. To find out more about the book and pre-order your copy, head to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2016