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Footballers

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Five players have scored five goals in a Premier League game:

1994/5 3 March 1995 Manchester United 9–0 Ipswich Town Click to show or hide the answer
1999/2000 19 September 1999 Newcastle United 8–0 Sheffield Wednesday Click to show or hide the answer
2009/10 22 November 1999 Tottenham Hotspur 9–1 Wigan Athletic Click to show or hide the answer
2010/11 27 November 2010 Manchester United 7–1 Blackburn Rovers Click to show or hide the answer
2015/16 3 October 2015 Manchester City 6–1 Newcastle United Click to show or hide the answer

Not surprisingly, the named player was on the home side on each occasion.

Captained Arsenal to two League and two Premiership titles – 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
First player to represent England having been born after the 1966 World Cup win (eventually won 66 caps)
Last England player to score at the old Wembley Stadium (v. Ukraine, May 2000)
Played more games than anyone else (60) at the original Wembley stadium
Autobiography Addicted, 1998
Scorer of the 20,000th Premier League goal (December 2011 – Aston Villa winger; transferred to Leicester City in 2014) Click to show or hide the answer
Taker of the first saved penalty in an FA Cup Final (1988 – see Dave Beasant) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the 2,000th goal in World Cup finals, for Sweden v. England in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
First black player to win a full England cap (v. Czechoslovakia at Wembley, November 1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Holds the record for number of appearances for Blackpool (1954–71); made his 569th and last League appearance in their last game in the old First Division (and their last in the top flight until 2010) Click to show or hide the answer
First to score in finals of the FA Cup and League Cup (1968 and 1970 respectively) Click to show or hide the answer
20–year–old Man of the Match in the 1968 European Cup Final; transferred to Luton Town in 1972 after breaking his leg Click to show or hide the answer
Fiorentina captain and former Italy international (11 caps), suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep in his hotel room on the day of a League match in March 2018 – causing all Serie A and B matches that day to be postponed Click to show or hide the answer
Paid almost £10,000 in parking fines and had his Maserati impounded 27 times, while playing in the Premier League for Manchester City Click to show or hide the answer
Scored England's first goals under both Glenn Hoddle and Sven–Goran Eriksson Click to show or hide the answer
Broke Ryan Giggs's record of 632 Premier League appearances, in September 2017 Click to show or hide the answer
Sentenced to 6 months imprisonment in 2008 for common assault and affray, followed by 4 months for assault and ABH on his Manchester City team–mate Ousmane Dabo, in a training ground incident that occurred in 2007; sacked by Rangers in 2016 following a training ground incident with team–mate Andy Halliday; banned for 18 months by the FA in 2017 over his betting history Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Injured his Achilles tendon when he was run over by his toddler on a tricycle Click to show or hide the answer
Made the first FA Cup Final penalty save (1988 – see John Aldridge); ruled himself out for eight weeks in 1993 when he dropped a bottle of salad cream and tried to catch it on his foot, severing the tendon in his big toe Click to show or hide the answer
Won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and as a manager in 1990; the only person to have won it as captain and manager Click to show or hide the answer
The only player to score for England in three separate World Cup Finals tournaments Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a controversial goal for Sunderland against Liverpool, Oct 2009, after his shot hit a beach ball (thrown onto the pitch by a Liverpool supporter) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored Germany's golden goal against Czech Republic in the final of Euro 96 Click to show or hide the answer
Captain of Tottenham Hotspur in their double–winning season Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of Senegal's goal in the 1–0 defeat of holders France, in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup; later played for Fulham and Portsmouth Click to show or hide the answer
Leeds United player: sent off and banned for 8 games for fighting with Kevin Keegan in the 1974 FA Charity Shield match Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium (for the Geoff Thomas Charity Foundation XI against Wembley Sponsors Allstars, 17 March 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Only player to lift both the FA Cup and Scottish FA Cup as winning captain Click to show or hide the answer
Italian goalkeeper: in 2014, became only the third footballer to appear in five World Cup finals tournaments Click to show or hide the answer
The most expensive Scottish footballer ever – moving from Nottingham Forest to Red Bull Leipzig for £13 million, in August 2016, aged 19 (born in Kirkcaldy, Fife) Click to show or hide the answer
Spent most of England's 1989 World Cup qualifier against Sweden covered in blood, after sustaining a head injury Click to show or hide the answer
Spain goalkeeper, missed the 2002 World Cup after accidentally shattering a bottle of aftershave in his hotel sink. A piece of glass fell on his foot, severing a tendon in his big toe Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the first hat–trick in the English Premier League (for Leeds United v. Tottenham Hotspur, 25 August 1992) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First Players' Player of the Year not from Britain or Ireland (1993/4); first overseas player to lift the FA Cup as captain (Man U, 1996)
Found guilty of assault, banned for eight months, and sentenced to 120 hours of community service (originally 14 days in jail), in 1995, after attacking Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons (who allegedly told him to "f*** off back to France", and was found guilty of threatening language and behaviour) – Capital Gold commentator Jonathan Pearce said he "should be thrown out of the game"
Scored the only goal of the game, when Italy beat England at Wembley for the first time (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Only British player to score twice in a European Cup Final (1968); first referred to Old Trafford Stadium and Manchester United's fans as "a Theatre of Dreams" (1978) Click to show or hide the answer
First substitute to appear in an FA Cup final (WBA, 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
First to score 4 goals in a Premiership game (5 in Man U 9 Ipswich 0, March 1995) Click to show or hide the answer
The only two people (brothers) to receive FA Cup winners' medals and play cricket for the championship–winning county, in the same year (Arsenal and Middlesex) Click to show or hide the answer
Played 60 (official, i.e. non–wartime) games for Arsenal as well as 78 Tests for England, 1936–50 Click to show or hide the answer
Denis Compton's elder brother – also played for Arsenal and Middlesex, but represented England at football and not cricket Click to show or hide the answer
Resigned after 33 days as Manchester City manager, October 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
First to score in all four divisions of the Football League Click to show or hide the answer
Winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or (world player of the year) 2013 and 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Made the second FA Cup Final penalty save (1991 – see Gary Lineker) Click to show or hide the answer
European Player of the Year 1971, 1973, 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
First black player to represent England (Under–21s, April 1977) Click to show or hide the answer
First to score 100 goals for a Scottish club and an English club Click to show or hide the answer
First goal in the FA Premier League (for Sheff U. v. Man U, after 5 minutes) Click to show or hide the answer
Set a post–war record by scoring in 10 consecutive games for Bournemouth, while on loan from West Ham, 2000–1 Click to show or hide the answer
764 games for Portsmouth, 1946–65 – a Football League record, until broken by John Trollope in 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 61 goals in 62 games for Sheffield Wednesday, 1950–3, including 46 in 1951–2; career ended when he lost a leg to amputation aged 23. Later served in a variety of roles for Sheffield United, becoming chairman in 1999; died in 2008 aged 78 Click to show or hide the answer
Most goals in a Division 1 game (7 in Arsenal 7 Villa 1, 1935);
Managed Chelsea to their only Football League Championship, 1956
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Scored 169 goals in 173 League games for Sheffield United, 1926–34, including 41 in the 1930–1 season; in 1931–2 he scored in 12 consecutive games – still a record for the English top flight (see Jamie Vardy) Click to show or hide the answer
Manchester City striker, and captain of Bosnia & Herzegovina: scorer of the first Premier League goal to be confirmed by goal–line technology (January 2014) Click to show or hide the answer
Only player to score hat–tricks in all of the top four divisions in England, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and international football Click to show or hide the answer
First to score four goals in a Premier League match (Norwich City striker – 1993) Click to show or hide the answer
First winner of the Golden Boot (for Europe's highest scorer), 1968 Click to show or hide the answer
Dubbed 'the Birdman of Barlinnie' in the media, while serving a three–month prison sentence in 1995 for headbutting an opponent (while playing for Rangers); another sobriquet is a play on words based on his name and the phrase "drunk & disorderly" Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a record 13 goals for France in the 1958 World Cup finals tournament – a career record at the time, broken by Gerd Müller in 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
The only survivor of the Munich air disaster, apart from Bobby Charlton, who played in the 1968 European Cup final (a centre half, he scored the winning goal in the semi–final) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the Premiership's fastest ever hat trick (4 minutes 33 seconds, for Liverpool v. Arsenal, 1994) Click to show or hide the answer
First £1,000,000 transfer between British clubs Click to show or hide the answer
Former Arsenal Cup Final hero, cut off his finger with a lawn mower in 1980 (while playing for Southampton) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Cardiff, the son of two Welsh parents; his father was rugby player Danny Wilson (Cardiff RUFC, Swinton RLFC), whose father was from Sierra Leone and who scored a record 5 drop goals in a match for Swinton v. Hunslet in 1983; scored his 163rd Premier League goal in the 90th minute of his 900th appearance for Manchester United, in February 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
PFA Footballer of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season Click to show or hide the answer
Brothers who played for Leeds United in 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
First England goalkeeper to be sent off (in a World Cup qualifier v, Ukraine, 2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Last goal at the original Wembley Stadium (Germany 1 England 0, 2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Made 620 appearances for Liverpool, after signing from Partick Thistle (his only other club) in 1977, aged 22, for a fee of £110,000; retired in 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
Hard–tackling Chelsea defender – 655 League games, 1961–80: nicknamed 'Chopper' (see Norman Hunter, Tommy Smith) Click to show or hide the answer
High–profile transfer from West Bromwich Albion to Don Revie's Leeds United, in 1971, fell through due to the discovery of a heart condition; went on to play 185 League games for Manchester City (1974–9); signed for Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in 1979, but was sold on to Everton (at a loss) after only three games; also player–manager for Bolton Wanderers (1985–7) and Stockport County (1987–9) Click to show or hide the answer
The first footballer to earn £100 a week (following the abolition of the £20 maximum in 1961); described by Pele as "the best passer of the ball I've ever seen"; died in 2005 aged 71 Click to show or hide the answer
Scored the fastest ever hat–trick in the Football League – 140 seconds – for Bournemouth v. Wrexham, in February 2004 (came on as an 84th minute substitute – Bournemouth were already 3–0 up) Click to show or hide the answer
Goalkeeper who kept a record 9 consecutive clean sheets for Stockport County, Jan–March 2007 (while on loan from Wolves) Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared in two competitive matches, on 11 November 1987: first for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague in a Euro 88 qualifier, then as a substitute for Bayern Munich in a cup replay against Borussia Mönchengladbach Click to show or hide the answer
Colombian goalkeeper famous for his scorpion kick (as demonstrated against England in 1995); branded "El Loco" in his own country, after giving away a goal against Cameroon that resulted in Colombia's elimination from the 1990 World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
Hard–tackling Leeds United defender – 540 League games, 1962–76: according to a banner seen at the 1972 FA Cup Final, he "bit your legs" (see Ron Harris, Tommy Smith) Click to show or hide the answer
Member of England's world cup winning team, who also played first–class cricket Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First player ever to score four goals in a game against England (Sweden, 2012 – Steven Gerrard's 100th international) Click to show or hide the answer
England's first black captain (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Tottenham goalkeeper, scored in the 1967 FA Charity Shield game against Manchester United (see Alex Stepney); first player to appear in 1,000 Football League games (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
First black player to appear in an FA Cup Final (for Leeds United, v. Liverpool, 1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Former Middlesbrough and Liverpool player, Australian (born South Africa), designed and created the prototype for the Adidas Predator boot Click to show or hide the answer
First catholic to play for Rangers (1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Germany's goalkeeper in the 2002 World Cup Finals: won the Golden Ball as the best player (as well as Best Goalkeeper); won 86 caps in total, 1995–2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Only player to have scored in Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow derbies Click to show or hide the answer
First Englishman to be sent off at Wembley (1974 FA Charity Shield) Click to show or hide the answer
US international goalkeeper, knocked out his front teeth while pulling his golf clubs out of the boot of his car Click to show or hide the answer
First substitute to score in an FA Cup final (Arsenal, 1981) Click to show or hide the answer
Goalkeeping brothers who played on opposite sides, Preston v. Bury, 1990 Click to show or hide the answer
Scored in the European Cup Final on his nineteenth birthday (1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Pioneered the "diving" goal celebration on the opening day of the 1994–5 Premiership season, after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday on his Tottenham debut – after gaining a reputation for diving in the World Cup that summer (reportedly it was Teddy Sheringham's idea) Click to show or hide the answer
Footballer of the Year, 1995 – only the second winner from outside the British Isles, and the second German (after Bert Trautmann)
Scored 71 goals for Germany, in 137 matches 2001–14, including 16 in World Cup Finals tournaments (5 in 2002, 5 in 2006, 4 in 2010, 2 in 2014) – beating Ronaldo's record; won the Golden Boot as top scorer in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
First substitute to score in the Football League (for Barrow against Wrexham, in Division 4 – on 21 August 1965, the first day that substitutes were allowed) Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the only goal (a late winner) in Sam Allardyce's only game as England manager (away to Slovakia, on 4 September 2016); it was his first international goal Click to show or hide the answer
First £100,000 signing by a British club (on joining Manchester United from Torino, 1962); scored six goals in an abandoned FA Cup tie for Man City v. Luton, 1961; also scored in the replay, when City lost 1–3 Click to show or hide the answer
First English (or British) player to be top scorer in a World Cup finals tournament Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Taker of the second saved penalty in an FA Cup Final (see Mark Crossley)
Scored all five goals for England v. Cyprus in 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
Senegalese player: scored the fastest ever Premier League hat–trick (2 minutes 56 seconds) for Southampton v. Aston Villa, May 2015; joined Liverpool in June 2016 Click to show or hide the answer
Former Everton defender: scored Italy's equaliser in the 2006 World Cup final, and was later sensationally head–butted by Zinedine Zidane Click to show or hide the answer
Germany's most–capped player (83 for West Germany, 67 for Germany – total 150, 1980–2000); substituted 2 minutes from the end of the 1999 Champions' League final (with Munich winning) Click to show or hide the answer
First European Footballer of the Year, 1956; first Football Writers' Association (English) Player of the Year, 1947–8; first professional footballer to be knighted Click to show or hide the answer
163 League appearances for Manchester United, 1982–9; 252 for Aston Villa, 1989–96; 83 caps for Republic of Ireland, 1985–97; PFA Player of the Year in the first ever Premiership season (1992–3) Click to show or hide the answer
Five–time winner of the Ballon d'Or, 2009–12 and 2015 (first time European player of the year, otherwise world player of the year); runner–up to Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013 and 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Newcastle United, 1943–57: 353 League appearances, 177 goals; also scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for England; nicknamed "Wor Jackie" by the Geordie fans; four of his cousins also played professional football, and their sister was the mother of Jack and Bobby Charlton Click to show or hide the answer
Oldest scorer in a World Cup finals tournament (Cameroon, 1994 – allegedly aged 42) Click to show or hide the answer
Played a record 45 games for England Under–21s, 2004–9, scoring 9 goals; full debut 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Last to gain full England caps at both football (Arsenal 1951–5, 1 cap 1951) and cricket (Gloucestershire 1948–74, 6 caps 1958–9); died in 2007, aged 79 Click to show or hide the answer
Arrested in Colombia, in 1970, accused of stealing a bracelet from the hotel jewellery shop Click to show or hide the answer
First player sent off in an FA Cup Final (for Man U, v Everton, 1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Manchester United player and Munich survivor, died in 2012 aged 73 Click to show or hide the answer
Arsenal and Northern Ireland midfielder, broke his collarbone after falling off the shoulders of Tony Adams while celebrating the 1993 League Cup final win against Sheffield Wednesday Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the only FA Cup Final hat–trick of the 20th century (Blackpool, 1953) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored 68 goals in 62 games for Germany, 1966–74, including 14 in World Cup finals tournaments (4 in 1970, 10 in 1974) – a record at the time, beating Just Fontaine's 13 (all in 1958) and beaten by Ronaldo in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
German player: winner of the Best Young Player award at the 2006 World Cup finals (Germany), and Golden Boot as the top goalscorer in 2010 (South Africa) Click to show or hide the answer
First to be sent off while playing for England (v Yugoslavia, in the 1968 Euro semi–final); missed the 1964 tour of South America after injuring his back while brushing his teeth Click to show or hide the answer
Former Spurs player, beat David Seaman from near the half way line with the last kick of extra time to win the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup final for Real Zaragosa Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest ever player in the Football League (Barnsley, September 2008 – 15 yrs 45 days) Click to show or hide the answer
FA Cup winners' medals in 1979 and 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a hat–trick in England's 5–1 victory over Germany in 2002 Click to show or hide the answer
Czech midfielder (59 caps, 1973–82): gave his name to a penalty that is chipped high into the middle of the goal, so that the goalkeeper cannot save it if he dives either way – after he did it to West Germany's Sepp Maier in the shoot–out of the 1976 European Championships final Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of the first competitive goal at the new Wembley Stadium, fastest ever goal at Wembley (28 seconds), first hat–trick at the new Wembley Stadium (all in the same match! – for Italy U–21 v. England, 24 March 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
First substitute in the Football League (Charlton Athletic, 21 August 1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Played in three World Cup winning teams (1958, 1962, 1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Member of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning team, born in Ashton–under–Lyne Click to show or hide the answer
Scored England's second goal in the 1966 World Cup final Click to show or hide the answer
The only English player to win the Golden Shoe (often referred to as the Golden Boot) as Europe's top scorer – with 30 goals for Sunderland in 1999–2000 Click to show or hide the answer
French player: played for Nancy 1972–9 (181 games, 92 goals), Saint–Étienne 1979–82 (104 games, 58 goals), Juventus 1982–7 (142 games, 68 goals); first to be European Player of the Year in three consecutive years (1983–5); scored the penalty by which Juventus beat Liverpool in the 1985 European Cup final, following the Heysel Stadium disaster Click to show or hide the answer
Scorer of Sunderland's winning goal, in the 1973 FA Cup Final against Leeds Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest ever FA Cup finalist, before Curtis Weston (Millwall, 2004) – Clapham Rovers, 1897 (17 years 245 days); also the youngest ever England international (17 years 252 days), before Wayne Rooney (2003 – 17 years 111 days). (Strangely, and in contrast to Rooney, this was his only cap.) Click to show or hide the answer
Played 201 League games for Leeds United, after joining from Kaizer Chiefs of Soweto in 1994; retired in 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Argentine captain sent off against England, in the 1966 World Cup quarter–final Click to show or hide the answer
Born in French Guiana in 1958, and grew up in west London: the third black player to win a full England cap (after Viv Anderson and Laurie Cunningham); played 614 League games, mainly for West Bromwich Abion (1977–84) and Coventry City (1984–91), scoring 158 goals; died of a heart attack in 2018, aged 59 Click to show or hide the answer
328 games for Ajax, 1980–7 and 1993–5; 201 games for AC Milan, 1988–93; 73 caps for the Netherlands; managed Barcelona, 2003–8 (succeeded by Pep Guardiola); nicknamed Llama by the German press after a spitting incident involving Rudi Voller in the 1990 World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
Brazil playmaker, fined for clutching his face and falling to the ground after being hit in the thigh by a ball kicked by a Turkey player, in the 2002 World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
First non–European winner of the Ballon d'Or (European Player of the Year), in 1997 – the year it was opened to non–European players (he was playing for Internazionale) Click to show or hide the answer
Won Best Player in the 1998 World Cup finals (despite a below–par performance in the final after he suffered a convulsive fit hours before the match) and the Golden Boot as top scorer in 2002
Scored 15 goals for Brazil in World Cup finals tournaments (4 in 1998, 8 in 2002, 3 in 2006) – beating Gerd Müller's record; record broken by Klose in 2014
Scotland's goalkeeper in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals tournaments Click to show or hide the answer
Most goals in a Football League career (434) Click to show or hide the answer
Donated his ponytail to the National Football Museum in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
The second father and son to play in Premiership–winning teams (after Ian Wright and Shaun Wright–Phillips) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a 155–second hat trick in Newcastle's 13–0 defeat of Newport, on his debut; said afterwards "Newport were lucky to get nil". Died 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a hat–trick on his Premiership debut – for Southampton, in a 4–2 win against Arsenal at The Dell on 9 April 1988, aged 17 yrs 240 days – becoming the youngest ever player to score a hat–trick in the English top flight; first to score 200 goals in the FA Premier League Click to show or hide the answer
Scored Man U's 89th minute equaliser in the 1999 Champions' League final; the Premiership's oldest outfield player, and oldest goal scorer (40 in April 2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Captain of Blackburn Rovers in their Premiership–winning season, 1994–5 Click to show or hide the answer
England's (and Britain's) most capped player (125); first to make 1,000 appearances in the Football League (1966–96); beaten by Diego Maradona's infamous "hand of God" goal in the 1986 World Cup finals tournament Click to show or hide the answer
Got David Beckham sent off in the 1998 World Cup, by provoking him into kicking him in retaliation (Argentine) Click to show or hide the answer
Croatian player shown three yellow cards by Graham Poll (2006 World Cup) Click to show or hide the answer
Former UK Under–14 BMX champion; played for Leeds and Manchester United Click to show or hide the answer
Hard–tackling Liverpool defender – 467 League games, 1962–78: according to Bill Shankly, he "wasn't born – he was quarried" (see Ron Harris, Norman Hunter) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored Man U's last minute winner in the 1999 Champions' League final Click to show or hide the answer
Manchester Utd goalkeeper in the 1967 FA Charity Shield game (see Pat Jennings); dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defenders, during a match against Birmingham City in 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
Winning goal for Southampton v Man U, F.A. Cup Final 1976 Click to show or hide the answer
Bit Otman Bakal in 2010, Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, and Giorgio Chiellini in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Wimbledon goalkeeper beaten from the half way line by David Beckham on the opening day of the 1996–7 Premier League season Click to show or hide the answer
Father and son who both played for Manchester City, 1965–75 and 1994–7 – both signed from Swindon Town Click to show or hide the answer
First goalkeeper since Alexander Morten in 1873 to captain England (v. Italy in Turin, 1948); played for Manchester City; killed in the Munich air crash (reported on United's game against Red Star Belgrade for the News of the World) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored a famous last–minute goal at Anfield in the final game of the 1988–9 season, giving Arsenal the League title instead of Liverpool; went on to play over 100 League games for Liverpool, and scored for them in the FA Cup final Click to show or hide the answer
Former prisoner of war (turned down an offer of repatriation after the war): first Footballer of the Year not from Britain or Ireland, 1956 Click to show or hide the answer
Most appearances for one club (770 for Swindon Town, 1960–80) – breaking Jimmy Dickinson's record Click to show or hide the answer
Three–time winner of the Ballon d'Or (European player of the year) 1988, 1989 and 1992; scored a hat–trick against England in Euro '88 (the only one ever scored against Peter Shilton in an international) Click to show or hide the answer
Scored (for Manchester United) in 10 consecutive Premier League games, in 2003 (8 in the 2002–3 season, 2 in 2003–4) – a record, until beaten by Jamie Vardy in 2015 Click to show or hide the answer
Broke van Nistelrooy's record by scoring (for Leicester City) in 11 consecutive Premier League games, in 2015 (2015–16 season) – the 11th against Manchester United; see Jimmy Dunne Click to show or hide the answer
Aston Villa striker, missed several games after drilling through his toenail with a home power drill in an effort to relieve the pressure on a swollen toe Click to show or hide the answer
First to represent England at all international levels (schoolboy, youth, amateur, U–23, full; only 2 full caps, 1964) Click to show or hide the answer
England's youngest international (2006, in a  3–1 friendly victory over Hungary): aged 17 years 75 days – beating Wayne Rooney's record, set in February 2003, by 36 days Click to show or hide the answer
FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 – the only African player (up to and including 2017) to receive this title; elected President of Liberia (in a second round of voting) on 26 December 2017, taking office on 22 January 2018 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First England captain to be sent off while playing for England Click to show or hide the answer
Diminutive former Aston Villa full–back, bought a Rover 416 after straining his knee when stretching to reach the accelerator in his new Ferrari Click to show or hide the answer
England captain v Hungary 1953; first to win 100 caps;
Set a world record by not missing an international for seven years
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Last footballer ever to represented England, alphabetically by surname: 2 caps, August 2010 and November 2011 Click to show or hide the answer
Legendary Italian goalkeeper (112 caps, 1968–83): the oldest player ever to receive a World Cup winners' medal (also picked up the trophy as captain) – 1982, aged 40 Click to show or hide the answer

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