Every athlete in the world aspires to hold some sort of record within their sport, but some are more difficult to break than others.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows all about holding and breaking records after he broke the NFL’s all-time record for touchdown passes this weekend.
Brady now has 582 touchdown passes, surpassing the previous record of 579, held by retired legend Peyton Manning.
The common phrase ‘records are there to be broken’ is often thrown about in many sports, but some records are simply too difficult to reach.
We’ve taken a look at some which may never be broken.
Donald Bradman - Cricket
Bradman’s Test cricket batting average of 99.94 will surely never be matched or surpassed. The Australian announced himself to the world during the tour of England in 1930, where he scored 974 runs in the Tests. He was so good that the Bodyline plan was introduced just to stop him scoring so many runs.
Arsenal - Football
Arsenal made history as they went through the entire 2003-04 Premier League season without losing a match. They quickly became known as the ‘Invincibles’ as they recorded 26 wins and 12 draws out of the 38 league matches. Liverpool are currently unbeaten this season after 16 matches.
Jonathan Edwards - Triple Jump
Edwards’ leap of 18.29 metres in 1995 is still the triple jump record. The jump earned him a gold medal at the World Championships as he became the first person to jump 60 feet. The closest jump to the record was by American Christian Taylor who recorded 18.21 metres in 2015.
Alan Shearer - Football
The Englishman holds the record for the most Premier League goals of all time with 260. Shearer made 441 appearances and won the Golden Boot three times on his way to the record. Fellow Englishman Wayne Rooney is in second place with 208, but the nearest active player is Jermaine Defoe, who has scored 162.
Jack Nicklaus - Golf
Nicklaus has won the most PGA Majors with 18 victories during his career. Tiger Woods is in second place with 14 but is unlikely to ever catch Nicklaus because of the level of the competition in modern golf.
Roger Federer - Tennis
Federer has won Wimbledon eight times during the Open era, which is a record for the tournament. The Swiss won the event five times in a row from 2003 until 2007 and secured further wins in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2017. Novak Djokovic currently has four Wimbledon titles but it seems nobody will ever surpass Federer’s eight.
Gareth Barry - Football
Barry holds the record for the most Premier League appearances with an incredible 653. This is unlikely to be broken, especially with the number of injuries in modern football. The closest active player to the record is Liverpool’s James Milner, who played his 500th Premier League match over the weekend.
Brett Favre - NFL
The quarterback holds the record for the most consecutive starts in the NFL with 297, which rises up to 321 if playoffs are included. The run of starts stretched from 1992 to 2010. Only three other quarterbacks have ever got past 200 consecutive starts and with the number of injuries occurring in the NFL, it seems highly unlikely that this record will ever be surpassed.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - NBA
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar starred in the NBA for 20 seasons and holds the record for the most points ever scored with 38,387. He averaged 24.6 points per game during his career and Karl Malone is the closest player to the record with 37,000 points. LeBron James has a glimmer of hope of challenging the record but he would need to be playing at the top of his game until the age of 39.
Michael Phelps - Swimming
Phelps is well known as the best ever swimmer in history and he can back this up with his record 28 Olympic medals. He has 23 golds, three silvers and two bronzes. The next swimmer in the medal rankings is Mark Spitz, who has 11 Olympic medals.
George Blanda - NFL
This is a record that nobody would like to break. NFL quarterback Blanda was intercepted 42 times in the 1962 season. He started the season by throwing six picks in the first match and continued to throw interceptions throughout the season. In second place is Vinny Testaverde, who threw 35 picks in 1988.
Javier Sotomayor - High Jump
Sotomayor was the 1992 Olympic champion and holds the record high jump. He reached 2.45m and is the only person to have ever gone higher than eight feet.
Gareth Barry - Football
Another record for Barry. But he may not be too fond of this one. The midfielder holds the record for the most amount of Premier League yellow cards with 123. The closest active Premier League player is Mark Noble, who has 73.
Randy Barnes - Shot Putt
In 1989, Barnes set a new world indoor record with a throw of 22.66 metres to surpass Ulf Timmermann’s 23.06m in 1988. Barnes’ record is yet to be broken and honestly, it may never be.
Robin Van Persie - Football
The Dutch international striker holds the record for hitting the woodwork the most in Premier league history. He struck the woodwork 44 times in total, which is 15 times more than second-placed Wayne Rooney. The closest active Premier League player to the record is Sergio Aguero, who is currently on 24.