Footballers have a knack of doing incredible things, things that make us swoon over them. Football remains a game of moments, moments created by such players, moments which are often defined by records and statistics.
Records and stats have come to define the game. There are records which have now become reference points for judging achievements in the game. There are records in the game can be precisely be divided into two types. Ones that are short-term and are usually short-lived.
The other type of records are the long-standing records. Records that are just too good to be true and usually stand the test of time. Here, we have a looks five of the more surreal records in World football, those that are unlikely to be broken in the near future:
#5 Fastest goal by a substitute in English football: Nicklas Bendtner, 1.8 SECONDS
Nicklas Bendtner, affectionately entitled the “Lord” by a majority of the footballing fraternity provided a surreal moment against Tottenham in the 2007/08 season. With 16 minutes to go in yet another fiercely-contested North London Derby at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger sent on striker Nicklas Bendtner for midfielder Emmanuel Eboue The game was at 1-1 and Robbie Keane had just a weak penalty saved from Manuel Almunia.
With Cesc Fabregas waiting to take the corner kick, Arsene Wenger sent the big Danish striker on. Bendtner took up position by the far post and, as Cesc Fabregas’s corner swung over, charged into the box and rammed a header past Spurs keeper Paul Robinson to put the Gunners 2-1 up.
It was Bendtner's first touch of the game and took a total of only 1.8 seconds to score the goal. An English record for the fastest goal ever scored by a sub.