Facts about Football

  1. Pele is the youngest player to be World Cup winner-

In the year1958, a teenager named Pele traveled along with great Brazilian team for the world cup at Sweden. Only at the age of 17, he was the youngest player to ever play in the world cup. He scored his debut goal against Wales in the quarterfinals and was known as the youngest goal scorer. On 19th June 1958, the team became the youngest player to ever play in the world cup final.

  1. Ronaldo had written Ronaldinho while playing in the 1996 summer Olympics in his jersey-

During the 1996 Olympics, when Brazil won the bronze medal. Ronaldo played under the name Ronaldinho since Ronaldo Guiaro was two years senior to him and also his teammate. After three years another player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira joined the Brazilian Team, Ronaldo Nazario was the only player with the same name in the squad. Hence, Ronaldo Moreira was called Ronaldinho Gaucho and even known today by the whole world as Ronaldinho ( little Ronaldo).


  1. Gianfranco Zola is the only player to get a red card in the World Cup on his birthday-

The former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola made his World Cup debut in the year 1994 as a substitute against Nigeria on the day of his birthday. The referee decided to gift him a red card for a foul that did not even deserve a yellow card. The player he fouled Augustine Eguavoen dived in to probably get Zola sent off and another teammate came to the scene as if Eguaveon was hit by a bus.

  1. Fernando Torres is the only player to have scored in 7 different tournaments in one season

He was known as the hero of Liverpool, the prodigy of Atletico Madrid and even the flop of Chelsea. All these changed in the 2012/13 season where he set a record that no one could achieve. He scored for about seven competitions such as the FIFA club world cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa club, etc. The only time he did not score for Chelsea was the UEFA Super Cup.

  1. Jari Litmanen is the only footballer to play international football for the past four different decades-

Litmanen had a fantastic playing career that went from the year 1987 to the year 2011, which is about four decades. He even played for the top Europeans clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool, and Ajax. Even though he was always injured and never reached his real potential, he somehow managed play for four decades. He is among the very few people who have played for this long, but he is the only one who had played for international football for the past four decades. He started his football career in the year 1989 against Trinidad and Tobago and then has the team captain between the year 1996 and 2008.




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