Lionel Messi Sets New Goal Record

 

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi Sets New Goal Record

Messi scored both goals for Barca in their 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday as he set the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 85th and 86th goals of 2012.

The 25-year-old Argentine overtook and surpassed Gerd Mueller’s tally of 85 goals set in 1972 to create a new benchmark which includes goals for both Barcelona and his national team, Argentina.

Messi’s record includes 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina in 66 games.

He still has two league matches and one King’s Cup tie to add to his tally before the end of the year.

Three-time World Player of the Year, Messi fired in an angled shot after 16 minutes to equal the record before adding a second with a low drive in the 25th minute to reach the new mark.

The forward feared he had seen the “last ball I’d touch for a long time because of the pain” due to an injury to his left knee.

“I always say the same, it’s nice for what it means but the victory is more important as it maintains our lead over the other teams,” said Messi.

“My goal when the year began was to try to achieve everything again, with the team, in the league, the (King’s) Cup, the Champions League. I always start with that idea in mind.”

“Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history,” said former Barcelona player and manager Johan Cruyff.

“He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league.”

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Lionel Messi Happy With Second Golden Shoe

 

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Lionel Messi Happy With Second Golden Shoe

The trophy was Messi's second "Golden Boot".

''It is a prize for scoring goals, but without my team-mates I couldn't have scored them,'' he told reporters.

"I remember goals not because of their beauty, but because of their importance.

"I am happy to win my second Golden Shoe. Although individual trophies are not what I compete for, I play to win team trophies." 

"I'm grateful to Barcelona for what they've done for me. My dream is to end my career at the club, before returning to Argentina," Messi added.

Barca manager, Tito Vilanova,  commented on his player's achievement.

"Messi Golden Shoe? I don't think we'll ever see another player like Leo. Mainly because of the way he understands the game."

PLAYERS WHO HAVE WON TWO GOLDEN BOOTS

NAME CLUB YEAR
Eusebio Benfica 1967-68 & 1972-73
Gerd Muller Bayern Munich 1969-70 & 1972-73
Dudu Georgescu Dinamo Bucharest 1974-75 & 1976-77
Fernando Gomes Porto 1982-83 & 1984-85
Ally McCoist Rangers 1991-92 & 1992-93
Mario Jardel Porto & Sporting Lisbon 1998-99 & 2001-02
Thierry Henry Arsenal 2003-04 & 2004-05
Diego Forlan Villarreal & Atletico Madrid 2004-05 & 2008-09
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United & Real Madrid 2007-08 & 2010-11
Lionel Messi Barcelona 2009-10 & 2011-12

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Barca's Lionel Messi Voted Most Valuable Football Player

 

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Barca's Lionel Messi Voted Most Valuable Football Player

Typical of his skills in empowering his team, Lionel Messi scored a stunning free kick giving Argentina a 3-1 victory while on international duty with Argentina during a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Friday.

Real Madrid's  Cristiano Ronaldo came in second to Messi, with 27 percent of the votes.

Chelsea's Fernando Torres came in third place with 11 percent of the votes

Neymar was fourth with seven percent.

Manchester United's Robin van Persie was fifth with three percent of voters.

And United's Wayne Rooney earned two percent of the vote.

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Argentina 3-1 Germany

Barcelona superstar striker Lionel Messi, #10 of Argentina, celebrated after scoring his second goal of the Argentina v Germany clash during the first half of an international friendly soccer match on June 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Argentina defeated Brazil 4-3 as Messi scored three goals.

Argentina's 3-1 Germany

Argentina Scoring

Sami Khedira 45+1' (OG)

Lionel Messi 52'

Angel Fabian di Maria 73'

Germany Scoring

Benedikt Howedes 81'

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Lionel Messi is one of four Barcelona players in contention for the UEFA Award for Best Football Player in Europe 2012. The other thre are e Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. Inaugural winner Messi is one of the favourites to land this season's crown when the announcement is made during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 30.

Born out of an initiative by UEFA President Michel Platini, the award intends to revive the spirit of the old European Footballer of the Year honour. The trophy was handed out for the first time in Monaco last August.

UEFA Best Player in Europe Nominations 2012

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), MarioBalotelli (Manchester City), Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid),Petr Cech(Chelsea), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Les Davies(Bangor City), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Cesc Fabregas(Barcelona), Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Joe Hart (Manchester City),Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), AndresIniesta (Barcelona), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City),Frank Lampard(Chelsea), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric(Tottenham), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid), AndreaPirlo (Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raúl (Al-Sadd Sports Club), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Chelsea),Yaya Touré (Manchester City), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Xavi(Barcelona).

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