Friday 23 February 2018

Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and... Chris Smalling make Guinness Book of World Records

Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) celebrates scoring his record-breaking goal
Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) celebrates scoring his record-breaking goal

Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard and Cristiano Ronaldo have been honoured in the Guinness World Records book - and so has Chris Smalling.

Manchester United defender Smalling scored the fastest goal in the Premier League by a substitute from kick-off when he netted against Burnley after five minutes nine seconds last season.

He scored again to earn a second record, for the most goals in the Premier League scored by a subtitute in the first half to join the exalted company of Lampard, Mourinho and Ronaldo.

Lampard broke Andy Cole's record for scoring against the most Premier League clubs after netting against Chelsea, the club where he is record goalscorer, for Manchester City last season.

Chelsea were the 39th club Lampard had scored against in the Premier League, a record which will be recorded in the Guinness World Records book on September 10.

"It was a weird feeling when I scored," Lampard said. "But it did get me the record so I am also very happy with the goal."

Chelsea manager Mourinho was so proud of his records - most points in a Premier League season (95), most Champions Leagues won at different clubs (two), youngest manager to reach 100 Champions League games (49 years 12 days) and most games unbeaten at home in the Premier League (77) - that he hung the certificates on his office wall.

"It's something fun and as a kid you could never imagine that one day you would be in Guinness World Records book," Mourinho said.

Ronaldo scored his 27th hat-trick in La Liga - overtaking Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano - and is also the most followed athlete and person on both Facebook (over 100 million likes) and Twitter (over 27m followers).

Other sporting records included in rugby union, where New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter is the record international points scorer, with over 1500. He also has most international conversions (260) and penalties (258).

James Anderson and Joe Root's 198-run 10th wicket partnership against India last summer broke the previous record held by Ashton Agar and the late Phil Hughes.

Tennis ace Novak Djokovic has the most Australian Open titles (five) and competed with Rafael Nadal in 2012 in the longest grand slam final ever (5 hours 33 minutes).


:: The Guinness World Records 2016 edition is released on September 10, 2015

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