Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may be household names when it comes to breaking football records previously set by other footballers, but these two super stars are lagging behind the 41 years old Brazilian goalkeeper – Rogerio Ceni.
Ceni has set records that may be unbreakable or at least, could remain for a long time before any other player could surpass it. For instance, what would it take a goal keeper to become one of the top scorers in a team?
Ceni is the only goalkeeper that has ever scored an incredible 123 goals and still counting - thanks to his specialty in scoring free-kicks and penalties.
- Ceni has been turning out wins for his Sao Paulo club for 22 years going. He recorded 590th win after Sao Paulo beat Goias 3 – 0 on Monday, October 10, 2014 – the most any player has ever registered with a single club. He surpassed the mark previously set by Ryan Giggs, who racked up 589 victories with the 20 time English Champions, Manchester United.
- Ceni has featured for his beloved club 1173 games – 868 of which were as captain of the team. Far beyond Ryan Giggs 963 for Manchester United and Paulo Madini 955 games for AC Milan.
- Ceni has helped Sao Paulo win Copa Libertadores, South America’s most prestigious club competition, on two occasions. He played a key role as the team was crowned FIFA World club cup winners in 2005.
- Ceni was a member of the Brazil squad, which won the 2002 World cup in Japan and South Korea. He was that unlikely motivator, challenging the abilities and fitness of younger players in the squad.
Comparing side by side with Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, Ceni has broken more records than any of the two super stars. At least if not for anything, he has beaten both of them in one football history record - he has won the world cup in 2002.
It’s not looking like anyone can surpass some of his records in the nearest future. He can go on turning out more records, but unfortunate for his fans, Ceni plans to retire from playing in December – he cannot go on forever.
I think he has enjoyed such a glittering career or what do you think?