Leo Messi /PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

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:

Alexis Sánchez:

“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.”

Serio Busquets:

“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.”