Endrick, Haaland, Ibrahimovic, Mbappé, Ronaldo: the records they can break in 2023

The year 2023 has just begun and for many football stars there are records to break. GOAL reveals a few.

Endrick can break Pele’s record

Endrick is the new sensation of Brazilian football. At just 16 years old (he was born on July 21, 2006), the Palmeiras striker makes his counterparts panic.

He won the Brazilian championship in 2022 and his move to Real Madrid for the summer of 2024 is already complete (he has to wait until he comes of age to join La Liga).

But before completing the heyday of the Madrid club, Endrick can afford a record from Pelé, who has just left us on December 29, 2022: that of the youngest scorer in the history of the Brazilian selection.

Pelé was 16 years, 8 months and 14 days old when he scored the first of his 77 goals for the Seleção against Argentina on July 7, 1957, in the Copa Roca.

If Endrick wants to break Pelé’s record, he will have to play for the Seleção before 4 April 2023.

For the moment, Endrick, an under-17 international, has never been called up to Brazil. And at the time of writing, Brazil have not yet scheduled any games for the year 2023, knowing that the coaching position is still vacant since Tite’s farewell following his elimination in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup.

Haaland can make Premier League history in his first season

Erling Haaland entered the Premier League this summer by signing with club Manchester City after playing three seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

And the 22-year-old Norwegian striker didn’t need time to adjust to the Premier League. After only 15 games, he has already scored 21 goals.

Never in the history of the Premier League has a player been so prolific. By way of comparison, last season, Mohamed Salah and Heung-min Son topped the league table with 23 goals.

Bets are also on in England that Haaland will simply surpass the record for goals in a Premier League season which is 34 and which belongs to Andy Cole (in 1993-94 season) and Alan Shearer (in 1994-95 season). . ).

At the time, the Premier League had 22 clubs and 42 days. Averaging 1.4 goals per game, Haaland should logically do better if he is spared injury and suspension.

Is Ibrahimovic still a little more in the Serie A legend?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic often confides in interviews that it’s like good wine: it gets better with age. The AC Milan striker is 41 years old (he was born on 3 October 1981) and if he hasn’t played yet this season, due to an injury, he could break the record for oldest goalscorer in Serie A upon his return to Serie A. field.

The current holder of this record is another Milanese: defender Alessandro Costacurta. He scored in the last match of his career for the Rossoneri, on 19 May 2007, against Udinese, aged 41 years and 25 days.

Mbappé: overtaking Cavani, Bianchi, Onnis and Papin match

If Kylian Mbappé has admitted that he will never be able to stomach the defeat in the 2022 World Cup final, the many records he will be able to break during the 2022-2023 season could ease his pain.

Mbappé can become the first top scorer in the history of PSG. Edinson Cavani has scored 200 goals and Mbappé should beat him quickly as he has scored 191 (stats as of January 2, 2023 after the Lens-PSG match).

Already top scorer at the World Cup with 8 goals, Mbappé could make up for it in the Champions League (he is currently leading the scorers chart with 7 goals) and thus become the first player since Eusébio (in 1965-1966) to achieve this feat in just one season .

To top it all off, Mbappé could also afford a fifth Ligue 1 top scorer title this season and join Carlos Bianchi, Delio Onnis and Jean-Pierre Papin who share the record.

Ronaldo, the first player with 200 appearances?

Ronaldo had a turbulent year in 2022: relegated to the bench at Manchester United, his contract was even terminated while playing the World Cup with Portugal.

Then, on December 30, 2022, Ronaldo surprised everyone by joining club Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia.

The striker, who will turn 38 on 5 February 2023, has not yet announced his retirement from the national team because he has one last goal to achieve with his selection: to become the first player in history to reach the threshold of 200 caps. .

CR7 has 196 after the elimination of Portugal in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup and competes with Kuwaiti Bader Al-Mutawa (also 196 appearances).

The two men will then compete in a long-distance duel throughout the year 2023.

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