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With his two goals against Betis, the Argentine broke the all-time record of goals scored in a calendar year set by Gerd Müller in 1972
Messi’s two goal against Betis took his year tally to 86 (with Barça and Argentina), equalling the record set by Gerd Müller in 1972 (with Bayern Munich and Germany).
Messi, one of the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012, is completing a dream-like year. He was La Liga’s Pichichi last year with 50 goals; he was awarded the Golden Boot; he was the Champions League’s highest scorer with 14 goals; he claimed the Copa del Rey for the Blaugrana; he’s this season’s highest scorer in La Liga with 23 goals from 15 matches, and he finished the 2012/13 Champions League group stage with 5 goals from 6 matches.
In addition, the Argentine has three more games left this year to increase his goal tally.
74 with Barça
Of the 86 goals scored by the Argentine, 12 of them were for Argentina and 74 were for his Club (official matches). He scored 56 in the Liga, 13 in the Champions League, 3 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup.
Müller, on the other hand, set the record in 1972 by scoring 72 goals for Bayern Munich and 13 for Germany, he played a total of 60 matches that year. Messi equalled/broke the record at the age of 25, Der Bomber was 27 when he set the record in 1972.
Media outlets from around the world took notice when the Argentine broke Gerd Müller's all-time record for goals scored in a calendar year
It took Leo Messi 343 days to score 86 goals in 2012, a mark that sees the Argentine clear of the record of goals scored in a calendar year set by Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Müller in 1972. Press from around the globe took notice when Messi fired twice past Real Betis Balompié’s keeper this Sunday to break the 40-year-old record. The Blaugrana forward has three more games left in 2012 to add to his record-breaking tally of 86 goals.
Here’s an overview of headlines from around the world:
Messi breaks 40-year record with 86th goal of 2012 | Sports Illustrated
Messi Makes History | Huffington Post
Lionel Messi's record year | CNN.com
Messi supera récord de goles de Müller | ESPN Deportes
Lionel Messi Broke The All-Time Record For Goals In A Year With This Left-Footed One-Timer | Business Insider
Messi breaks Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year | Goal.com
Messi sets record of 86 for goals in year | Chicago Tribune
Leo Messi Breaks Muller's Record | Balls.ie
MESSI NAAST MÜLLER | De Telegraaf
Messi Mullers goals record | The Sun
Betis - Barça : Messi bat le record de Müller! | RMC Sport
RESPECT! MESSI NAAST MÜLLER - Bekijk zijn doelpunt | Voetbalflitsen
Messi rompe récord de goles en un año | BBC Mundo
Messi-leggenda, 86 reti in una stagione Battuto il record di Muller, vecchio 40 anni | Corriere Della Sera
Messi, nessuno segna come lui: infranto il record di Müller | Sky Italia
86 buts pour Lionel Messi, record battu | Le Soir
Messi Breaks Muller's Goal Record | Sky News
Messi heeft record van Müller beet | Sporza
Super Messi, 23 minuti per battere il record di Muller | Repubblica
Messi torpedea la historia | Marca
Messi escribe la historia | Diario AS
Torpedo a la historia | Mundo Deportivo
El misil de Messi ya supera el torpedo de Müller | Sport
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Messi es récord | Clarin
Betis 1-2 Barcelona... Messi batió récord de goles del 'Torpedo' Müller | mediotiempo.com
Messi suma 86 goles y rompe el récord de Mueller | El Tiempo
Messi supera el récord de Müller de goles en un año natural | Código Venezuela
Messi bate el récord de Müller | El Economista
Lionel Messi rompió récord en el regreso de Sánchez | Cooperativa
Messi breaks 40-year record with 86th goal of 2012 | Hindustan Times
Messi 86 Muller 85 | Malaysian Digest
Greatest — Messi breaks all-time record | 247 Nigeria News Update
Messi's next challenge is to become the all-time highest scorer for Barça and Argentina, and become the player with the most goals in La Liga and the Champions League
He’s only 25 years old but Leo Messi has already shredded the majority of the goalscoring records in professional football. He’s broken so many in his career that it seems he’s running out of records to break. However, here’s a detailed overview of the four goalscoring records the Argentine has yet to reach:
All-time highest goalscorer for FC Barcelona
Messi is already FC Barcelona’s all-time highest goalscorer in official matches, ahead of César Rodríguez. However, he’s third among the highest Club goalscorers when you take friendly matches into account. Paulino Alcántara (369) and Josep Samitier (333) are first and second, respectively, while Messi has scored 305 total career goals for the Club.
Gabriel Batistuta is Argentina’s highest goalscorer. He netted 56 times for the Albiceleste between 1991 and 2002. Batistuta is followed by other legendary players like Hernán Crespo (35) and Diego Maradona (34). Currently, Leo Messi is fourth on the all-time goalscoring list, with 31 goals. Of the four, he’s the only active footballer that still plays for his national team.
The legendary Telmo Zarra is the all-time highest goalscorer in La Liga with 251 goals. Barça’s forward sits ninth on the all-time list with 192. Messi still has to break the marks set by Hugo Sánchez (234), Raúl (228), Di Stéfano (227), César (226), Quini (219), Pahiño (210) and Edmundo Suárez (195).
Raúl González holds the record for the most goals scored in the Champions League. He netted 71 times. Leo Messi is hot on the heels of the former Real Madrid player, with 56 goals; level with Ruud van Nistelrooy. This goal tally does not include preliminary rounds and qualification matches.
The details of the world record for goals scored in a calendar year beaten by the Argentinian at Betis on Sunday evening
- By scoring a brace at the Benito Villamarín, Leo Messi took his total in 2012 to 86 goals, beating the all-time record in a calendar year set by Gerd Müller (1972).
- In the league, Messi has scored 56 goals in 34 games, while Müller got 42 in 34 games.
- in Europe, Messi got 13 in 11 matches, while Müller got 10 in 4 matches.
- In the cup, Messi got 3 goals in 7 matches and Müller got 7 out of 6.
- September was Messi’s most productive month (13), while March (13) was the most prolific period for the former Bayern striker.
- Messi has scored 86 goals in 66 matches for Barça and Argentina. The German got 85 in 60.
- 76 of Messi’s goals were scored with his left foot, 7 with the right and 3 with his head.
- 74 were scored from inside the box (14 were penalties) and 12 outside (7 from free kicks).
- Malaga and Bayer Leverkusen (6) are the teams Messi has got the most goals against so far in 2012.
- Iniesta (9), Cesc (6) and Alexis (6) supplied him with the most assists.
- His 23 goals in 15 games are his best ever start to a Liga campaign, and equal the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo (2011/12).
- He has scored twice in his last five Liga appearances.
- On Sunday, Messi scored his first league goals at the Benito Villamarín, although he did score there once before in the cup in 2010/11.
- He had three shots on target, and two of those went in (the other struck both the goalkeeper and the post).
- He also completed 44 passes out of 54 attempts.
Gerd Müller says that "the best player in the world" broke his world record
The legendary German goalscorer, Gerd Müller, praised Leo Messi after last night’s match against Betis: “My record of 85 goals in 60 matches, which was set in 1972, was broken by the best player in the world, Leo Messi, and I’m very happy for him.” He added: “He’s an incredible footballer, a giant, and at the same time he’s personable and professional.”
The ex-Bayern Munich forward told German press this Monday that he hopes Messi adds to his newly claimed record before the year is up: “I hope he scores at least one or two more goals in the matches he has left this year and that he can hold onto the record for 40 years.” Der Bomber also noted that Messi only has one deficiency: “He doesn’t play for Bayern.”
The Blaugrana forward was mentioned 35,000 times on Twitter last night at 21:28
On Facebook, Messi's post after the match against Betis received over 200,000 likes
Leo Messi became the centre of attention when he scored a brace against Betis last night in FC Barcelona’s 1-2 victory at the Benito Villamarín. He also stole the limelight online when he broke Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Müller’s record. On Twitter and Facebook, the striker’s achievement sent shockwaves around the world.
On Twitter, 34,888 tweets mentioning the Argentine were posted at 21:28 this Sunday evening. In addition, from 21:00 to 22:00, 482,000 people were talking about Messi on the popular micro-blogging site. More impressive still, more than one billion tweets were posted about the Blaugrana forward from 16:00 (Sunday) through 1:00 (Monday). It’s worth nothing that Twitter registers impressions based on the amount of times a keyword - in this case Messi - shows up on a user’s timeline.
The story of Messi’s 86 goals in 2012 was also popular on Facebook, where the Argentine has an official page. The message the striker posted on his page after the match received over 200,000 likes. It’s very close to the number of likes that FC Barcelona received on its Facebook posts regarding the striker’s feat (the first when Messi equalled Müller and the second when he broke the German’s record). Overall, FC Barcelona’s Facebook page notched up over 500,000 likes on Sunday.
It’s also worth nothing Leo Messi’s impact on Google+, where Barça enjoy the largest following of any other professional football club. On the social networking site, more than 2,000 users showed their support for Messi by giving a +1 to the Club’s posts regarding the striker’s record.
Leo Messi broke Müller's record of goals scored in a calendar year, but he noted that "the most important this is that the team won"
Leo Messi has written another historic page in his legendary career. The Argentine, who scored two goals tonight at the Benito Villamarín against Betis (1-2), broke Gerd Müller’s record of goals scored in a calendar year (85 goals). After the match, Messi said, “the record is great for what it means, but the most important thing is that the team won and that we maintained the distance with the teams behind us.” Messi, who was doubtful ahead of tonight’s match because of the knock he received in the game against Benfica, said, “I was eager to play after the scare on Wednesday.”
Despite making history tonight, Messi joked about the amount of goals he’s scored this year after the match. “I’ll try to score more goals to make it more difficult for the next player that tries to break it,” he said jokingly. Messi added: “When the year starts the objective is to win it all with the team, personal records are secondary.” The Blaugrana striker was then asked about the Ballon d’Or, a prize Andrés Iniesta is also a finalist for. “If Iniesta wins it, it will be totally deserved and it would make me very happy. It’s a title for the whole team.”
“Betis are a great team”
Messi also talked about the match against Betis. The Argentine declared that “Betis are a good team and it was an important victory, because it’s really hard to win here.” After his two goals, Betis fired back to come within one of Barça. “We went ahead early and Betis created chances, but we also could have scored more goals.”
Statements made by Alexis Sánchez and Sergio Busquets after the match:
“I’m very pleased that I got to play again, and even more pleased that the team won.”
“Betis are a great team, they played a good match and they made it difficult for us.”
“The team is happy for Leo.”
“We controlled the first half but Betis made it complicated for us in the second.”
“The team is winning tough away matches but the key is to keep on winning because there is a lot left to go.”
The Argentine genius, who scored a brace away to Mallorca, supasses the Brazilian legend's mark of most goals scored in a calendar year
Of his 76 goals, 64 were scored for Barça and 12 for Argentina
Málaga and Bayer Leverkusen, in La Liga and the Champions League, respectively, were the two teams to concede the most goals to the Argentine (6 goals apiece)
Leo Messi, at just 25 years old, has reached the heights only visited by football legends. This Sunday, at the Iberostar, the Argentine surpassed Pelé’s mark of goals scored in a calendar year. Counting his two goals against Mallorca, Messi has scored 76 goals in 2012, one more than the Brazilian did in 1958.
64 for Barça, 12 for Argentina
Of his 76 goals, 64 of them were scored for Barça and 12 were scored for Argentina. The Argentine has averaged 1.29 goals per match in his 59 matches this year (51 games for his Club, 8 for his country). Pelé, in 1958, scored 75 goals from 53 matches, averaging 1.41 goals per match. 66 of the Brazilian’s goals were scored for Santos and 9 were scored for the Brazilian national team.
48 of Messi’s 76 goals in 2012 were scored in La Liga - 33 scored last season and 15 scored this season. In addition, the Argentine has scored 11 goals in the Champions League, 3 in the Cup and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup.
Pelé, on the other hand, scored 58 goals in the Paulista Championship and 8 in the Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament, in addition to his 9 goals for the Brazilian national team. Of his nine goals for Brazil, six of them were scored in the World Cup in Sweden – the first of three World Cup titles won by O Rei – and three more goals were scored in friendlies.
Málaga and Bayer Leverkusen
Even though Atlético Madrid are Messi’s favourite victim, in 2012 the teams that the Argentine has scored on the most are Málaga and Bayer Leverkusen. Both teams, in the Liga and the Champions League respectively, have conceded six goals to the Argentine. Perhaps Messi’s most notable performances of the year were against Bayer Leverkusen when he scored five goals in one match, and his matches against Valencia and Espanyol where he scored four goals against both teams.
Take a look at the Argentine's first goals in the world of football
Recently, it seems that Leo Messi sets a new record in every game! His latest achievement is to equal César Rodriguez’s long-standing record of 190 league goals for Barça
The Argentine has reached this total in just 228 matches, compared to César’s 287. On 20th March this year, Messi overtook César to become the highest scorer in the history of the Club in all competitive matches. If we include friendlies, the ranking of the Club’s top scorers is as follows. First, Paulino Alcántara (369), second Josep Samitier (333), third Messi (303) and fourth César (301).
Messi on fire
Leo Messi is enjoying an extraordinary run of form which has seen him score 21 goals in just 14 league matches. He has hit the back of the net in the last six consecutive matches, including league and UCL, and is now just one goal short of Gerd Müller’s all-time record of 85 goals in a calendar year (1972).
With his two goals against Athletic Club, Leo Messi moves within one goal of equalling Gerd Müller's record of 85 goals scored in 1972.
Messi has six games left in 2012 to equal or break the German's record
After leaving Pelé’s record of 75 goals (1958) in the dust, Leo Messi is on the verge of breaking the all-time record set by Gerd Müller, who scored 85 goals in 1972. With his two goals this Saturday against Athletic Club Bilbao, Barça’s forward took his year tally to 84 goals - meaning he’s only one goal adrift of equalling the record. Messi has six games left in 2012 to equal or break the German's record.
The perfect end year to a fantastic year
Records simply aren’t safe when Messi’s on the pitch. Two days after FIFA announced that Messi was on the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, the Blaugrana forward moved within touching distance of Müller’s record, a mark that no player has ever been able to equal since it was set in 1972.
Forty years later, Leo Messi can finish off 2012 in perfect fashion. He was last season’s Pichichi with 50 goals; he won the Golden Boot; he was the highest scorer of Champions League last season, and he won the Copa del Rey - not to mention that he’s this season’s Pichichi as well (20 goals).
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