Messi, Ronaldo & Zlatan feature in random football facts named by fans

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Twitter user @RandomFtblFacts has been asking fans to send them random football facts and have been reposting the best ones to their account.

Facts about the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Eric Cantona have all featured.

We’ve named some of the best random football facts that have been posted so far below…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played professional football in 4 different decades – @TheVirgilEra

Zlatan made his debut for in the 1990s with Malmo FF. Now 40, he is still going strong at AC Milan.

Jamie Vardy joined the Premier League at age 27 but still has more Premier League goals than Cristiano Ronaldo, Cantona and Mo Salah – @PrimeEbimbe

That’s a testament to how good Jamie Vardy is. His 133 goals is more than Ronaldo (102), Salah (120) and Cantona (70).

Philipp Lahm went 13 months without committing a foul – @utvnoah

Lahm was a defender but didn’t commit a foul for just over a year. Ridiculous.

Philipp Lahm in action for Bayern Munich
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 25: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Eidur Gudjohnsen made his debut for Iceland as a sub vs Estonia in 1996, the person he replaced was his father, Arnor. – @avfcIewis

A day that the Gudjohnsen family will never forget.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played for six clubs that have won the UCL but he has never won one himself. – @derrygomes67

Another crazy Zlatan stat. Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United have all won at least one Champions League, but not when Zlatan played for them.

Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick for Arsenal won the FIFA Puskas Award but not Premier League goal of the month. – @ChrisHorton94

Giroud’s unreal scorpion kick against Crystal Palace in January 2017 won the Puskas Award in 2017. Andy Carroll’s scissor kick for West Ham won the Premier League Goal of the Month.

All 3 of Antoine Griezmann’s children are born on April the 8th but in different years – @pk_14dk

Very odd. Griezmann’s kids, Mia (2016), Alba (2021) and Amaro (2022) were all born on April 8.

Iñaki Williams hasn’t missed a La Liga match since 2016 – @leorma10

What a streak. The last game Williams missed was in April 2016 when he missed out against Atletico Madrid due to a thigh injury.

Inaki Williams in action for Athletic Bilbao
VALENCIA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 19: Inaki Williams of Athletic Club looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Levante UD and Athletic Club at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on November 19, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Bas Dost scored 45 first touch goals in a row – @sloman_sam

The Dutchman scored 45 first touch goals from March 2017 – April 2018. Lethal.

The difference between Messi’s age and Ronaldo’s age is 869 days, the same difference between Messi’s son and Ronaldo’s son – @K0UND3

Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985 whilst Messi was born on June 24, 1987, a difference of 869 days. That’s the same difference between Ronaldo Jr (June 17, 2010) and Thiago Messi (November 2, 2012).

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Buffon has played with Enrico Chiesa and his son, Federico Chiesa – @PatrikRakic

A stat that shows Buffon’s incredible longevity. He played with Enrico at Parma and Federico at Juventus.

Gary Lineker went through his entire career without receiving a booking@TransferWestHam

Lineker actually won the FIFA Fair Play Award for never being given a yellow card.

Christian Benteke has more Premier League goals than Eric Cantona – @Andrew_Gibson6

Benteke has scored 86 Premier League goals in his career, 16 more than what Cantona achieved.

Christian Benteke
DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 26: Christian Benteke of Belgium looks on prior to the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Belgium at Aviva Stadium on March 26, 2022 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Denmark failed to qualify for the 1992 Euros and they still won it – @iamfarabi24

Denmark didn’t qualify for Euro 1992 as they finished second in their group. But they were given a reprieve when they took Yugoslavia’s place in the competition, who were disqualified as a resuly of the breakup of the country. Denmark went on to win the competition.

Theo Walcott has more Champions League goals than Zinedine Zidane – @lfckostas

Walcott has more Champions League goals (15) than Ronaldo Nazario (14), Zinedine Zidane (14), Michael Owen (14), David Villa (14) and Carlos Tevez (13).

Motherwell FC have won a Copa del Rey Final – @adamgrundyy

Motherwell, a Scottish club, were invited to take part in Spain’s cup competition in 1927. They beat Real Madrid 3-1 in the final. They are the only foreign team to win the competition.

Mario Balotelli’s only Manchester City assist was his pass to Aguero, for the title winning goal in 2012 –
@A7XEM

What a time to get your only Premier League assist. As of 2022, Balotelli is also the only ever Italian player to win the Premier League.

Kingsley Coman is only 26 years old and has won 11 league titles

Coman made his debut with PSG in 2013. He won two Ligue 1 titles, two Serie A titles with Juventus, and has won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich.

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