Most Impressive Records in All of World Football

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Most Impressive Records in All of World Football

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    Football is an extraordinary sport populated by remarkable athletes.

    In every single match they are capable of producing memorable moments.

    However, there are some moments that elevate beyond the ordinary and pass into the realm of the immortal. These are the players, goals and achievements that are so unique they are guaranteed to be remembered forever.

    Over the next few slides, we celebrate world football's most impressive records.

Lionel Messi: 73 Goals in a European Season

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    In 2011/12 Lionel Messi scored a truly incredible 73 goals, making him the highest goalscorer in a single European campaign.

    The record had previous been held by Gerd Muller. The Germany striker scored 67 times for Bayern Munich in the 1972-73 campaign, a feat that many assumed would never be bettered.

    Messi broke the record in typical style, scoring a hat-trick in a home tie with Malaga.

Lionel Messi: Scoring in 21 Consecutive League Games

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    Lionel Messi breaks records as easily as he weaves between defenders.

    Last season, he achieved another remarkable feat as he scored in 21 consecutive La Liga games.

    According to the official Barcelona website, Messi broke the record set by Teodor Peterek, who scored in 16 consecutive league matches between 1937 and 1938.

    To achieve such a high level of consistency in the modern game is phenomenal.

Sir Alex Ferguson: 49 Trophies

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    Sir Alex Ferguson retired this summer as the most successful manager in football history.

    His tally of 49 trophies dwarfs the surrounding competition. His closest rival, the legendary Jock Stein, won just 27 major titles.

    Ferguson's haul includes a Champions League winners' medal and an incredible 13 Premier League titles. Perhaps most impressively he won 10 trophies in Scotland with lowly Aberdeen, shattering the duopoly of Celtic and Rangers.

    David Moyes has some big boots to fill.

Everton: Most Seasons in the Top Flight

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    Since the English football league's inception in 1888, Everton have spent just four seasons in the second tier.

    The Toffees were one of the league's founding members and have gone on to be almost ever-present. It's a remarkable achievement and one that speaks volumes about the club's careful management and intelligent planning.

    New manager Roberto Martinez will be hoping to continue Everton's proud tradition of stability next season.

Josef Bican: Greatest Goalscorer Ever

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    Who is the greatest goalscorer of all time? You might be surprised to discover it's not Pele, Gerd Muller nor Lionel Messi. 

    The man recognised by the International Federation of Football Historians as the greatest goalscorer ever is Hungarian hit man Josef Bican.

    Bican was the top goalscorer in his domestic league an unbelievable 12 times and once scored 57 goals in a single season.