Messi surpasses the record of Müller

Messi scored a brace against Betis and exceeded the historical record of Müller with 86 goals scored in a calendar year.


Lionel Messi has started against Betis and has needed only half an hour to beat the record for goals in a calendar year since 1972 had Gerd Müller. The Argentine striker, who had been a doubt after the shock result against Benfica in the Champions League, opened the scoring with a cross Villamarín away from Adrian and made the second after a service of Iníesta.

Messi, one of three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012, is completing a dream year. Scorer from last season with 50 goals, Golden Boot in Europe, top scorer in the last edition of the Champions League with 14 goals and champion of the Copa del Rey with the club, is currently the top scorer in the league 2012/13 with 23 goals in 15 games and closed the group stage of the European competition with 5 goals in 6 games.

So far in 2012, Messi has scored 86 goals with FC Barcelona and the Argentina National team: 56 in the league, 3 in the Cup, Super Cup 2 in Spain, 13 in the Champions League and 12 wearing the "Albiceleste". Right now he still has three official matches -2 and one League Cup, before the end of the year.

Forty years ago, the legendary German player had 85 goals: 72 goals for his club, Bayern Munich, and 13 with the selection. Müller's accomplished in 60 games, 5 less than Messi so far, so its effectiveness rate is still slightly higher than the Barça idol.

The fact that they had to spend four whole decades to leave behind the brand's "Torpedo" amply speaks involved merit. In this historical statistics, Leo Messi took less than a month to go to beat third-placed Pele, to leave behind the all-time record. In league match against Mallorca, on November 10, reached the 76 goals, surpassing the 75 he made in 1959 the Brazilian star.

Radiography at 86 goals from Leo Messi

- The 86 goals have come in 65 games (35 League, 7 Cup, 2 Super Cup, Champions League and 12 matches in nine selections).

- He has scored 74 goals for FC Barcelona and 12 for Argentina (56 in the league, 3 cup, 2 Supercopa Spain, 13 in the Champions League, 12 in Argentina)

- Its main victims have been (Malaga 6 goals, Bayer Leverkusen 5, Valencia 4, Osasuna 4, Zaragoza 4, Real Madrid 4, Espanyol 4, Levante 4, Rayo Vallecano 4 Betis Athletic 4 and 4).

- Leo's main assistants were: Iníesta 9, Cesc Fàbregas 6, Alexis Sánchez 6, Pedro 5, Xavi Hernández 4, Dani Alves 4, Cristian Tello 3 and Montoya 3.

- Messi has scored 76 goals with his left foot, 7 right and 3 head. 74 of them have been from inside the box (14 penalty) and 12 from outside the area (7-kick).

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