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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