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Top Football Records Broken in 2021

The year 2021 has been proved to be a phenomenal year for football fans across the world, since they withstand some mind-blowing records being either smashed or established as unprecedented it may seem. So what better than to recap some of the Top football records broken in 2021

Every year some new records are established in the world of football, or even the older ones are shattered and notwithstanding the restrictions of the pandemic, 2021 has not been an exception.

Yet, with the resiliency of football giants, normalcy seems to come back to the world of football, while some unforgettable events as the likes of

Euro 2020

, made footballers being provided with the opportunity to shine ever more brilliantly.

Moreover, some extraordinary footballers made their mark in the club and international football, in a way that they rarely went a week without beating a remarkable record.

Precisely as saying the 36-year-old Manchester United, Ronaldo has tangibly proved that anything and everything is conceivable at this age, making his football carer ever more illustrious so as to cement his place as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

It takes no time for 2021 to be forgotten as part of history, but the indelible memory of these outstanding records that were broken in the past 12 months would be always remembered by football fans.

A closer look at top football records broken in 2021

As the world of football observed many incredible feats in the 2021 calendar year, we look back to wrap up some Top football records broken in 2021.

The oldest player in an international club game: Ronnie Brunswijk

As one of the most strange records on the list of top football records broken in 2021, Suriname vice president Ronnie Brunswijk etched his name in history books as the oldest player, at 60 years of age, to ever play in an international club competition, beating the record that was previously held by George Weah.

To be specific, he began featuring for the club that he owns, Inter Moengotapoe, in their 6-0 home defeat to Olimpia in the first leg of the round of 16 of CONCACF League at the Franklin Essed Stadion in Paramaribo, Suriname.

He starred for 54 minutes and started in the attack along with his son Damian Brunswijk, who played for 29 minutes until he was replaced.

Longest unbeaten run in international football: Italy

The Italian national football team made a remarkable feat by grabbing triumph in UEFA Euro 2020 that was held earlier in 2021.

In the meantime, they also succeeded to smash a terrifically tough record of the longest unbeaten run for a national team.

That is to say, Roberto Mancini’s men went two steps further than the previous invincible records of 35 matches held by


and Brazil, being unbeaten in 37 matches. Yet, their world-record-breaking run was brought to a halt with their defeat in October.

The youngest player in Euros history: Kacper Kozłowski and Jude Bellingham

One of the other

top football records broken in 2021

that is in line with Euro 2020, is Jude Bellingham picked up the honour to become the youngest player to ever appear at a Euro, at age of 17 years and 349 days old.

In other words, Bellingham took to the pitch as part of the England national team, during their match against Croatia so as to shatter Jetro Willems’ record of 18 years and 71 days.

Although he might be considered as the Youngest player in Euros history by some sources, his happiness did not last for a long time and after just 6 days later, when Poland's midfielder Kacper Kozłowski at the age of 17 years and 246 days, was replaced by Mateusz Klich midway through the second half against Spain during the UEFA EURO 2020 group stage, he went to further exceed Bellingham's record.

Yet Bellingham is still widely revered to as the Youngest player in Euros history. You can also probe into

Most Exciting Young Players of Euro 2020

, have you been interested.

Most goals scored within a single calendar year in the Bundesliga: Robert Lewandowski

As Lewandowski has reached the prime heyday of his illustrious career in 2020 and 2021, it is of little surprise to see him anchor his name to at least one of the

top football records broken in 2021


Bayern Munich's talisman has successfully managed to not only exceed Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals scored in one Bundesliga season but also he surpassed the legendary Gerd Muller's record of 42 goals scored within a single calendar year in the Bundesliga by scoring 43rd strike in Bundesliga this year to smash a record that had remained unbroken since 1972.

You can take the full account of all of the records mentioned here on Sportmob's

Most goals scored in a calendar year


Several other top football records broken in 2021: Lionel Messi

Since Lionel Messi has beaten Brazil in the final of the Copa America at Maracana in so far as to eventually lift an international trophy, a feat he had never made in his glorious football career, he was awarded his seventh prestigious Ballon d'Or prize.

This is a great feat all of its own, making him establish some new records as the likes of being the first PSG player to win the Ballon d'Or or even the oldest player to win the Ballon d’Or in the 21st century and some others ‘official’ first records as well.

Here official has been indicated in inverted commas, have you been curious! Read on to know the reason behind it.

Yet all of the

top football records broken in 2021

by Messi are not necessarily in line with that prestigious award since his entire career has been about smashing and establishing records and it seems that this year, his legacy took an even higher leap. Here are some records either shattered or established by Lionel Messi in 2021:

Most goals for one club

When Messi moved to the Paris Saint-Germain in an unprecedented free transfer over the summer, he racked up 672 goals for FC Barcelona. You can find more about this on Sportmob's

Barcelona's farewell to Lionel Messi


With this number of goals scored for a single football club, he smashed Pele's total of 646 strikes for Santos that had stood for a long time.

Most goals in a single league

In regard to the previous record, Messi smashed Pele's record of most goals in a single league too.

That is to say before joining Ligue 1, he bagged a number of 474 goals scored in La Liga so as to beat the legendary Pele's record of 469 goals scored in the Brazilian league.

Most national team goals in South American history

Although Messi never succeeded to surpass Ronaldo's global tally of international goals, we would reach it in due time, he could prove himself as the most prolific goalscorer from South America in 2021.

Poor Pele, his long list of records have been smashed one by one in 2021.

In fact, this time Messi shattered Pele's record of most goals scored by a South American throughout football history as he scored 80 goals surpassing the previous feat of 77 strikes.

Most Ballons d’Or winner

Even though Cristiano Ronaldo had levelled Messi’s record with his fifth Ballon d’Or win in 2017, the Argentinan exceeded him once again in 2019. So when Messi won his seventh award in 2021, he cemented his spot as the leader of the

Most Ballon d'Or winners in football history


But that is an official record, in as much as the prize was just awarded to European players until 1995 and Pele had been officially excluded from the list.

Moreover, France Football itself announced that Pele would have anchored seven titles to his name, had he been allowed to compete.

Therefore Messi does need an eighth Ballon d'Or award to utterly smash Pele's record on this case, yet at least he could reach it by now.

First three-decade Ballon d’Or winner

Just like the aforementioned record, it seems that Messi has picked up the honour to become the first player to lift the Ballon d'Or prizes in three different decades since 12 years ago that he was crowned the award for the first time in 2009 until this year of 2021.

Yet considering


's unofficial records of winning the award in 1970, 1964, 1963, 1961, 1960, 1959 and 1958, Messi could not smash this record very easily at least until the next decade. Yet he is widely regarded as the first three-decade Ballon d’Or winner in football history.

Several other top football records broken in 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo

Although the Portuguese international is about to celebrate his 37th birthday and ended up 6th in 2021 Ballon d'Or ranking, he still managed to make astonishing feats more than any other players on the list.

Conventionally, players at his age began to fade away from the world of football and makes their minds to become retired but this is not the case for Ronaldo All-Powerful.

From his being included on the

IFFHS Best European XI of 2021

to smashing numerous world records either due to his outstanding feats at Euro or because of his eye dropping number of goals and appearances.

In all sense of the word, he has proved that he won nearly everything there is to be won either in football history or just in the 2021 calendar year.

Most official goals in history

It was not just Lionel Messi that has bursted into shattering Pele's long list of records. You can count on Ronaldo too.

As far as IFFHS statistics is concerned, Manchester United ace has bagged more than 800 goals in his scintillating career, while he made this mark in 2021 when he exceeded the record of 766 goals accumulated by Pele.

Most Euros tournaments played in

While Ronaldo featured in Euro 2020 earlier this summer, he picked up the honour to become the only player to have ever starred in five consecutive iterations of the European Championship across

Euro 2004

, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020.

Most goals at Euros tournaments

The Portuguese star even went on to shine ever more terrifically with his becoming the record goalscorer at the Euros accompanied by his Golden Boot-winning exploits, raising him to 14 strikes above

Michel Platini

's 10.

Be that as it may, Portugal did not perform as tremendous as it was expected since despite boating a raft of world-class talents, Fernando Santos' men did not manage to pass the Round of 16.

This means that just in four matches of the tournament, Ronaldo could walk away with the Golden Boot by scoring five goals in his four caps while he provided one assist too.

In doing so, he beat his own record in so far as to become the first player to score in five different Euros as he had put away two goals at Euro 2004, one in 2008, three each in 2012 and 2016 and therefore etched his name in history books as the record holder of the most goals scored at the Euros with a tally of 14 goals.

Most national team goals in history

One of the most outstanding records that were smashed in 2021, is Rolaondo's becoming the highest goalscorer in men's international football history this year.

Precisely as saying, in his national side match against the Republic of Ireland in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Cristiano Ronaldo, netted his 110th and 111th goal of his international career that night so as to exceed Iran's Ali Daei's record of most international goals with a tally of 109 goals. Currently, Rolando  has 115 strikes anchored to his name for the national team

Most caps for a European international team

One of the other records broken by Ronaldo is that the 184 number of his caps for Portugal went beyond the 181 that

Sergio Ramos

starred for Spain. But the overall world record remains unbeaten as Soh Chin Ann of Malaysia is its record holder with 219 appearances.


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