5 World Football Records That Will Never Be Broken

Dan LevyNational Lead WriterApril 3, 2013

There are literally hundreds of records in the world of international football—trust me, I looked up every single one of them this week—but there are a few that may never be broken. 

Lionel Messi scored 91 goals in the calendar year of 2012, and while he's close to that pace already in 2013, the record that lasted a generation is nearly impossible to imagine being broken by anyone else.

A few other goal-related records (not in the video): Just Fontaine scored 13 goals for France in the 1958 World Cup. Josef Bican, whose career spanned from 1931-1956, scored 1,468 goals in 918 career matches. As for team records, Australia defeated American Samoa 31-0 in a World Cup qualifier in 2001.

Back to the video, Switzerland has the record for fewest goals conceded in the World Cup with a whopping zero. In 2006, Switzerland did not allow a goal in the entire tournament, yet lost in the knockout stages after falling to Ukraine in penalties.

The record for international caps is held by Egypt's Ahmed Hassan with 184, but that pales in comparison to the women's record, held by American Kristine Lilly with an amazing 352 international appearances.

Last, from players to coaches, as you can't talk about world football records without mentioning Sir Alex Ferguson who has won a record 48 trophies under his stewardship, 37 of which he won at Manchester United. That record is incredible, but is it, ahem, Special?

Jose Mourinho holds the record for consecutive home matches without a loss. Spanning from 2002 to 2011, Mourinho's teams went 150 matches without losing at home. That may never be broken.

None of these may ever be broken.