In the Real Madrid vs. Juventus match on April 3, Cristiano Ronaldo scored what could be considered a perfect goal.
After skillfully timing a cross, Ronaldo got serious elevation and whizzed a bicycle kick past the legendary Gianluigi Buffon and into the back of the net. The goal was so stunning that even Juventus supporters stood up to applaud the Portuguese forward.
And because it was such a historic soccer moment that will likely be remembered for decades to come, it got us thinking about other moments in the sport’s history that will stand the test of time.
Ledley King: Fastest Premier League Goal
In December 2000, after kick-off, it took Ledley King of Tottenham Hotspur only 9.9 seconds to score. He had picked up a stray ball from a deflected header and then shot a hopeful ball towards the goal. The ball went past Bradford City’s goalkeeper and then the history books were taken out to add King’s name as the newest addition. In 18 years, his record has yet to be broken.
Lionel Messi: Most Goals In One Season
It’s no secret that Lionel Messi is a phenomenal player so it is only expected that he would be a record-holder. In his 2011/12 season playing with FC Barcelona, the forward had one of his best seasons to date. Out of 60 appearances, Messi racked up a whopping 73 goals. It will most certainly be a tough act to beat.
Asmir Begović: Longest Goal Scored
In November 2013, less than a minute into the match, Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begović sent a long kick upfield. To everyone’s shock, the ball found its way into the back of Southampton’s net making it the longest goal scored ever. Measuring at 91.9 m, the goal earned Begović a spot in the Guinness World Records.
Rogério Ceni: Most Goals Scored By A Goalkeeper In A Career
Sao Paolo goalkeeper Rogério Ceni was quite the anomaly. An expert at free-kicks and penalties, Ceni accumulated 129 goals over the course of his career. Additionally, he holds the record for the longest career as a player and captain of the same team.
Ronny Heberson: Fastest Shot
In 1996, David Hirst of Sheffield Wednesday clocked in a shot at 114 mph. However, it doesn’t compare to Ronny Heberson’s shot in 2006. The Sporting Lisbon player let loose such a powerful free-kick that it’s difficult to even see the ball in video footage. Luckily no players made the mistake of trying to stop the 131 mph shot.