The last month of the year was once again hit by bad news regarding heath. It was detected that Tito Vilanova’s pathology had suffered a relapse and that he would require surgery, which would involve chemotherapy and radiotherapy for six weeks. Prior to this notice, Barça had cruised to victory against second placed Atlético Madrid, 4-1, and Messi, whose injury against Benfica turned out to be far less serious than it originally appeared, broke Gerd Müller’s world record for goals in a calendar year, the 85 he got in 1972.