Did you know Lionel Messi is the only player in the history of football/soccer who has won the ballon d’or 6 times?
The Ballon d’Or award honors the male player deemed to have performed the best over the year, based on voting by football journalists, coaches, and captains of national teams.
Did you know Miroslav Klose is the football/soccer player who has scored the most goals in the history of FIFA World Cup?
Miroslav Klose scored 16 goals in 24 matches completed at 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 tournaments.
All 16 goals here.
Did you know the FIFA World Cup trophy was stolen in 1966?
Four months before the tournament was set to take place in England, the trophy was stolen from a public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall. The perpetrators demanded a ransom of £15,000. A replica was made just in case it wasn’t recovered. Ultimately, it was found by a dog called Pickles.
Full story here.
Did you know the U.S. Women’s soccer team broke the record for the most goals scored in a single Women’s World Cup match in 2019?
June 11, 2019 USA vs Thailand 13-0
That 13-0 defeat against Thailand was the highest margin of victory in a single match — in both women’s and men’s World Cup soccer history.
Did you know the 222 million euro transfer of Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August 2017 is the all-time highest fee for a soccer transfer?