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4 unusual Guinness World Records which have been set by professional footballers

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Iker Casillas has 3 Guinness World Records to his name
Iker Casillas has 3 Guinness World Records to his name

When we think about football records, the names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi pop right up in our minds. Given that they have been on ridiculous record breaking runs throughout their careers, it is only natural that they should be known as the record breakers in footballing jargon.

But most of their records are pretty straight-forward, like record number of goals across various competitions, most hat-tricks in a league, most goals in a calendar year, and so on. Almost every football fan knows these records quite well.

If you want to stand out in your group, you need to know records and stats that are not common knowledge. So we have compiled a list of some peculiar records that current players like Iker Casillas, and former players like Jamie Redknapp hold. These records have even earned recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records!

If you would like to find out about even more unique GWRs held by Premier League stars, we have already made a Premier League specific list, which you can read here.

So without further ado, here are the 4 most unusual Guinness World Records held by footballers.

#1 David Seaman - Highest catch of a football

Former England keeper David Seaman after breaking the record
Former England keeper David Seaman after breaking the record

Starting out with the oldest record, we have former Arsenal and England stopper David Seaman at number 4.

Seaman, known for his acrobatic displays between the sticks, entered the Guinness World Records on 6 December 2010 when he successfully attempted to break the record of highest catch of a football at Wembley Stadium, London, UK.

He could only become the joint holder of this unique record, as rugby player Gavin Henson also achieved the same feat at the event organised by Cadbury, as part of their Spots V Stripes campaign.


As per the official record statement:

Arsenal football star David Seaman and Henson, both caught balls traveling at terminal velocity [85 mph] from a record-breaking drop of 102.5m, from the top of a crane.

Watch the pair attempting and successfully setting a new world record -

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