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Sport Records to be broken in 2021

2021 promises to be a bumper year for sports with several major events and tournaments on the horizon. A number of long-standing records are set to come threat, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Lewis Hamilton and Tiger Woods gunning to make more history. Here are some records that could be broken in the upcoming year.

Football

Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Youssoufa Moukoko were among the big record-breakers in football in 2020. Messi could become the most decorated player at a single club in 2021 if he wins two more trophies with Barcelona this season. Ryan Giggs is currently top, having won 36 trophies during his Manchester United career. Messi is in second place with 34 trophies to his name.

Cristiano Ronaldo could also be set for a record-breaking year. If he manages to lead Juventus to Champions League success this season, Ronaldo will become only the second player to win the tournament six times after Real Madrid legend Francisco Gento. The Portuguese marksman could also become the first player to win the Golden Boot in Italy, Spain and England. The 35-year-old is currently the top-scorer in the Italian Serie A, with 12 goals to his name.

Ronaldo will also become the top-scoring player in international football if he scores eight more goals for Portugal this year. With the European Championships coming up in June, Ronaldo will be eyeing Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals for Iran. The 35-year-old is also one goal shy of becoming the top scorer in the Euros. He is currently level at the top with Michel Platini on nine goals.

Ronaldo will also be chasing history with Juventus, with the Old Lady aiming to become the first team in Europe’s top five leagues to win ten consecutive domestic titles.

Ronaldo’s former teammate Sergio Ramos is also closing in on an international record. The centre-back has won 178 caps for his country, and will surpass Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan if he makes seven more appearances for La Roja.

Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski is on course to surpass Gerd Müller’s record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season. The Bayern Munich forward currently has 17 goals to his name, with 21 games still to go in the German top flight.

Speaking of goals, Mohamed Salah, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jamie Vardy, Son Heung-min will all be aiming to surpass the record for most Premier League goals in a single season. The current record of 34 goals is jointly held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.

Formula One

Lewis Hamilton could leapfrog Michael Schumacher if he wins the driver’s championship in the upcoming Formula One season. The duo are currently tied at seven, and Hamilton will be determined to surpass Schumacher in 2021. Hamilton (5,099) only needs to lead a Grand Prix for 13 more laps to break Schumacher’s record of most laps led (5,111).

Hamilton could also become the driver with the most wins at the same Grand Prix by winning the Hungarian GP in 2021. He currently shares the record with Schumacher, who has eight French GP wins to his name. Another podium with the Mercedes would also make Hamilton the driver with the most podiums with the same constructor. Hamilton and Schumacher are currently level on 116 podiums.

Ferrari’s record of 80 1-2 qualifying results is also under threat, with Mercedes just two behind going into the new season.

Golf

Tiger Woods could become the most successful golfer in history by winning one more PGA Tour event. The 45-year-old currently shares the record with Sam Snead, with both on 82 wins. Woods is also three majors away from Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. Dustin Johnson broke the all-time Masters scoring record in 2020, and he will have his sights set on surpassing that this season.

The 50 events being held in the 2020/21 season is the most on the PGA tour since 1975. Golf will also be held at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with Justin Rose and Inbee Park looking to retain their Gold Medals.

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