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Icelander Sets World Record As All-Time Top Goalscorer

The handball player Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson broke the world record for most goals scored in international men’s handball today, Vísir reports. His two goals today took him to a tally of 1798 goals in 337 matches for the Icelandic men’s national handball team. The previous record holder was the Hungarian Peter Kovacs, who scored 1797 goals for the Hungarian team.

Guðjón Valur is one of the greatest Icelandic athletes of all time, having played for some of the greatest handball teams in the world, such as Barcelona and Rhein-Neckar Löwen. He was part of the Icelandic team that won a silver medal in Team Handball at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, which is one of the greatest sporting achievements of Iceland to date. Sigurðsson was selected to the seven-man Excellent Olympics team, which featured the best players of the tournament.

The goals were scored against Germany today in a friendly match in Neu-Ulm, which the current European Champions Germany won 30-21. The match took place as preparations for the 2018 European Men’s Handball Championship which will take place in Croatia this January.

Guðjón Valur has been a mainstay on the left wing for the national side for years and is one of only four players in the world who have scored more than 1500 goals in international matches in their career. Ólafur Stefánsson is another Icelander among the foursome, as he scored 1570 international goals in his career. Rounding out the list along with Sigurðsson and Kovacs is the Danishman Lars Christiansen.

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