Five Guinness World Records Still Hold Alan Shearer – 16 Years After He Retired

It has been 16 years since Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer retired from football.

Playing at the helm of English football, the former striker holds several impressive records. Some of them have now been broken by other players – but there are still five of them left.

Most people would be aware that the 51-year-old still holds the Guinness World Record for most Premier League goalscorers. But can you list the other four records to his name?

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Here are all the current Guinness World Records held by Alan Shearer:

  • Most Football (Soccer) Premier League Goals

Alan Shearer has scored the most goals in the English Premiership with 260 runs.

Shearer spent his Premiership career with Blackburn Rovers in 1992–96, before moving to Newcastle United in July 1996 for a record fee (at the time) of £15.6 million ($22.4 million), and retiring in 2006.

He scored an additional 24 goals for Southampton in the Old First Division before becoming the Premiership.

Shearer during his testimonial game at St James's Park in 2006
Shearer during his testimonial game at St James’s Park in 2006

  • Most successful penalties taken in the English Premier League

Alan Shearer holds the record for most successful penalties in the English Premier League. He scored 56 penalties in the English Premier League (EPL), playing for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United between 1992 and 2006.

  • Youngest football (soccer) hat-trick scorer in the English top division

Alan Shearer remains the youngest hat-trick scorer in the top division in England. He was 17 years and 240 days old when he scored a hat-trick for Southampton against Arsenal on 9 April 1988.

  • Most goals by a football (soccer) player in an English Premier League season (42 games)
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The record is jointly held by Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole. Both scored a total of 34 goals in the English Premier League season.

Cole held the record for Newcastle United in 1993/94 and Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95. After the 1994/95 season the English Premier League was reduced to 20 contracted from 22 teams.

  • Most goals scored in a football (soccer) Premier League match (individual)

Alan Shearer holds the record with four others – Andy Cole, Dimitar Berbatov, Jermaine Defoe and Sergio Aguero. Both have scored five goals in a Premier League match.

The first was performed for Manchester United by Andy Cole at Ipswich on March 4, 1995 at Old Trafford in Manchester, UK. The second was performed by Alan Shearer for Newcastle United vs Sheffield Wednesday at St James’s Park in Newcastle, UK on September. 19, 1999.

The third was performed by Jermaine Defoe for Tottenham Hotspur vs Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane on 22 November 2009 in London, UK. Exactly a year later the fourth was performed by Dimitar Berbatov for Manchester United at Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in Manchester. UK, November 27, 2010.

The fifth and most recent was performed for Manchester City by Sergio Aguero (Argentina) against Newcastle United on 3 October 2015 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK.

Boys queue up to take a selfie with Alan Shearer
Boys queue up to take a selfie with Alan Shearer

Below are the Guinness World Records held by Alan Shearer that have now been broken:

  • Most hat-tricks in Premier League career

Alan Shearer previously held the record for most hat-tricks in a Premier League career with 11 hat-tricks. His record was broken by Sergio Aguero while playing for Manchester City FC between September 10, 2011 and January 12, 2020. His 12th hat-trick came after beating Aston Villa 6–1 at Villa Park.

  • Most goals by a soccer player in an English Premier League season (38 games)
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The previous record for most goals scored by a football player in an English Premier League season was 31. It was shared by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah. Salah broke the record for scoring 32 goals while playing for Liverpool in the 2017/18 season.

  • Most Self-Portrait Photos Taken in Three Minutes (Selfie)

Alan Shearer and Newcastle School for Boys set a record for taking 134 selfies in three minutes in April 2017. He took up the challenge of celebrating the achievements of the students and raising funds for the Alan Shearer Foundation. School children aged between three and 18 lined up at the nearby South North Cricket Club in Gosforth, while the former striker prepared to take selfies on his iPhone.

The rules of this title state that the photographer’s face must be fully visible in all photographs and each must have a different additional person. After a few near misses, the boys eventually managed to break the record by a selfie to set a new record of 134.

The record is now held by James Smith of the United States, who achieved 168 aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship on January 22, 2018. James is an avid cruiser who attempted this on the deck of one of his latest cruise vacations.

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