Most goals in a calendar year

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ended 2012 with 91 goals, surpassing the previous best of 85 set by Germany and Bayern Munich’s Gerd Muller in 1972. The Argentinian scored 79 goals for Barça and 12 for his national team in a truly fantastic year.

Fastest goal in a World Cup match

Turkey’s Hakan Sukur needed just 10.89 seconds to give his side the lead against South Korea in the third-place playoff at the 2002 World Cup. Turkey went on to secure third place with a 3-2 win.

Longest headed goal ever scored

In 2011, Norwegian footballer Jone Samuelsen scored a header from 58.13m (190ft 8.58in) out. Playing for ODD Grenland, Samuelsen directed the ball into an empty net from distance after Tromso’s goalkeeper went up in search of a late equaliser.

Longest goal ever scored