By Adebayo Williams
Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Cech has earned himself as spot in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. The goalkeeper holds the records for the most clean sheets in the Premier League, 181. He garnered the record from his time at Chelsea and now Arsenal. Portuguese and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo also earned a spot for the most followed athlete on Twitter with 47.4 million followers as sat 12 October. Everton’s English midfielder Gareth Barry also won a spot as the player with the most number of appearances in the league, 580. Barry garnered his record from his his time at Aston Villa and Manchester City till his current club, Everton.
Leicester City, last season’s Premier League champions got a spot for the largest rise in position in the league in consecutive seasons. The Foxes rose from their 14th position the preceding season to win the league last season.
Djokovic cleaned up on the tennis circuit last year, picking up a world record for the most prize money won in a season – a humongous £14,600,200 in 2015.
See the full list of sporting winners in the 2017 edition:
- Max Verstappen – Youngest driver to win a Formula One World Championship race – 18 years and 228 days at the Spanish Grand Prix, in May 2016
- Jordan Spieth: Highest earnings in a PGA season – $12,030,465 (£7,851,960) in 2015
- Gareth Barry: Most Premier League starts in history – 580
- Petr Cech: Most Premier League clean sheets in history – 181
- Novak Djokovic: Most prize money won in a tennis season – $21,646,145 (£14,600,200) in 2015
- Leicester City: Largest rise in position in the Premier League, in consecutive seasons – 13 places, 14th to 1st
- Adam Peaty: Fastest long course 100 m breaststroke – now 57.13 seconds set in Rio (was 57.92 sec when book was printed)
- Cristiano Ronaldo: Most followed athlete on Twitter – 47.4m (as of 12 October ’16)
- Serena Williams: Longest span of grand slam titles (open era): 1999 to 2016
- Stuart Broad: Fastest five-wicket haul in a Test Match (balls bowled) – 19 balls v Australia, August 2015
- US women’s soccer legend Carli Lloyd: Most goals in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final – 3 v Japan in July 2015. Fastest goal in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final – 3 minutes. Oldest goal-scorer in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final – 32 years and 354 days old
- Holly Holm: First athlete to win boxing and MMA world titles – WBA welterweight title in 2006, UFC bantamweight title in 2015