Throughout sporting history, some athletes have been capable of producing incredible performances that have not only amazed audiences but also set new records. Some of these records have been so fantastic that it’s possible that they may be unbreakable or, at the very least, close to it. Whether you’re an online sports betting fan or just someone who’s really passionate about sports, join us as we take a look at five of these remarkable records.
5. Highest average points per game in a single NBA season
While he might not be as easily remembered as modern greats like Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain undoubtedly carved his space in the NBA history books. One of the records he set that is unlikely to be broken is his score of 50.4 points per game in the 1961–62 season. The Philadelphia Warriors player managed a total of 4,029 points across 80 games in that season, which probably didn’t surprise most NBA fans at the time. Even by the NBA’s standards, Chamberlain was undoubtedly a cut above most people in terms of physicality, as he stood 7’1″ tall and weighed in at 250 pounds.
The closest player to ever cross the 3,000-point line in a season was, of course, Michael Jordan, who scored 3,041 points for an average of 37.1 points per game. This 13-point gap is unlikely to ever be broken by another player.
4. The highest scoring game ever in soccer
While the circumstances around this achievement aren’t exactly record-worthy, a record is a record, and it’s very unlikely that a team will ever recreate the score that AS Adema achieved when playing against Stade Olympique l’Emyrne in 2002. AS Adema won 149–0 when playing against Stade Olympique l’Emyrne in Madagascar, putting this score 113 points ahead of the second-highest scoring game ever between Arbroath and Bon Accord in 1885. Just behind this record in third place was a match between Dundee Harp and Aberdeen Rovers, surprisingly also in 1885, which saw the Dundee Harp win 35–0, with a difference of one goal.
However, what makes this record even more unique is that these goals weren’t scored by AS Adema but were actually own goals by Stade Olympique l’Emyrne, who were protesting against perceived referee bias. Even if you know how to bet on soccer and had all your strategies in place for your live wager, the live odds for this soccer game would have been a sight to behold.
3. Most number of weeks as the #1 golfer in the world
While most people would agree that Jack Nicklaus is the overall number one golfer, he didn’t maintain his position for anywhere near as long as Tiger Woods did during his career. Over the course of Wood’s golfing career, he managed to maintain the number one spot far more than his opponents, with a cumulative total number of weeks of 683. The next golfer to claim the number one position with 331 weeks (less than half of Wood’s record) was not Nicklaus but, interestingly enough, Australian golfer Greg Norman.
2. Most Olympic medals
Another incredibly impressive record was achieved by US swimmer Michael Phelps. It’s possible Phelps was some sort of aquatic animal in a previous life as he completely dominated the Olympic swimming scene, taking home a total of 28 Olympic medals in his career. This record consisted of 23 gold medals, three silver and two bronze. The next most successful Olympic competitor was Soviet Union gymnastics champion Larisa Latynina, who ended her career with 18 medals, just three ahead of another incredible female Olympian, Marit Bjørgen, who earned 15 medals in cross-country skiing.
1. Most points scored in the NHL
While there are undoubtedly many great records on this list, this entry sets the bar for accomplishments that will probably never be surpassed. Wayne Gretzky is undoubtedly the GOAT when it comes to hockey, but this master on the ice secured himself a place in the history books with the most points ever scored in an NHL career. Gretzky retired having scored 2,857 points, a massive 936 points ahead of Jaromir Jagr with 1,921 and 970 points ahead of Mark Messier with 1,887. The only way Gretzky could have made this record even more outstanding is by scoring an additional 64 points to make it an even 1,000.
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