9 unexpected world records footballers hold – from Haaland to Man Utd stars

Becoming a Guinness World Record holder is not what most footballers are associated with.

Yet there have been a fair few players to have etched their name into the history books in rather unexpected fashion.

That's right, Erling Haaland was a beast before you even knew he existed – and even has a world record to his name from when he was just five years old.

And did you know about the Manchester United player who is significantly good at Hungry Hippos?

Here we have taken a look at nine records held by footballers that you may not have heard about.

Erling Haaland – Longest standing jump for five-year-olds

Back in January 2006, Haaland broke the world record for the longest standing jump for five-year-olds.

It should come as no surprise given his athletic nature on the pitch, but the Norwegian registered a jump of 1.63m to take his name to the top of the list.

Axel Tuanzebe – Fastest time to clear a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos

A slightly unorthodox entry.

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe became a Guinness World Record holder in 2018 for the fastest clearing of a Hungry Hungry Hippos board.

The Dutch defender completed the game in a lightning-quick 17.36 seconds, defeating former teammate Ro-Shaun Williams in the process.

Tim Howard – Most saves in a World Cup match

An exceptional goalkeeping display from the American in a Round of 16 contest at the 2014 World Cup.

Belgium progressed as 2-1 winners on the night but it would have been a much greater scoreline had it not been for the heroics of the former Everton keeper, who made 16 saves in the match.

No keeper has made more stops in a World Cup game.

Dele Alli – Most nutmegs in 30 seconds

Dele Alli became a Guinness World Record holder in 2017 for completing the most nutmegs in 30 seconds.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who left Spurs for Besiktas in 2019, was the player on the receiving end of Alli’s nutmegs at Tottenham’s training ground back in 2017.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Most Premier League assists by a defender in a season

An exceptional performer for Jurgen Klopp's side, Trent Alexander-Arnold has redefined the role of a full-back alongside teammate Andrew Robertson.

The 22-year-old registered 12 assists during the 2018/19 season as Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.

In doing so, he came a Guinness World Record holder- but would break his own record the following campaign as the Reds lifted the title in 2019/20.

Alexander-Arnold went one better by claiming 13 assists, with counterpart Robertson matching his original record of 12.

When discussing entering the record books, the Reds' right-back said: "It's an honour. I've always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible.

"It's obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them this record wouldn't be possible."

Jone Samuelsen – Longest headed goal scored in a competitive football match

There have been a number of long-range headed goals, but former Norweigan midfielder Jone Samuelsen leads the way.

Luis Suarez once scored a header for Liverpool on the edge of the penalty area, but Samuelsen's effort was even more impressive than this.

He achieved the longest headed goal scored in a competitive football match with an effort from his own half while playing for ODD Grenland vs Tromso Idrettslag in September 2011.

The exact distance was an incredible 58.13m.

Christian Benteke – Fastest goal in competitive international football history

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  • Christian Benteke has lost his goalscoring touch in recent seasons but was quick off the mark in 2016 for Belgium.

    Taking on Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier, Benteke intercepted an opposition pass from the kick-off and raced through on goal.

    He made no mistake with his finish, which arrived after 8.1 seconds had elapsed in the match.

    The previous record was set by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in another World Cup qualifier back in 1993.

    Nicklas Bendtner – Fastest goal scored by a Premier League substitute

    An unforgettable character, Nicklas Bendtner became somewhat of a cult hero at Arsenal.

    And he certainly endeared himself to the Gunners with a winning goal in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in December 2007.

    The Danish striker was deployed from the bench after Arsenal were awarded the corner in the 76th minute, with Bendtner making his way into the box and heading past Paul Robinson a mere six seconds later.

    Talk about making an instant impact.

    Nathan Pond – The most divisions played in for one club by an individual

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    A remarkable journey.

    English defender Nathan Pond, who plays for National League North side AFC Fylde, holds the record for appearing in the most for the most different divisions while playing for the same club.

    The 36-year-old won six promotions in 10 seasons with Fleetwood Town, appearing in the following seven divisions: North West Counties League First Division, Northern Premier League Division One, Northern Premier League Premier Division, Conference North, Conference Premier, League Two and League One.

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