Lionel Messi Sets Scoring Record

Lionel Messi celebrating record, by Julio Munoz/EPA
UPDATED – Via The Guardian – Lionel Messi reached another milestone in his phenomenal career on Sunday when he set a record for goals scored in a calendar year of 86 with a double strike at Real Betis, eclipsing Gerd Müller’s 40-year-old tally of 85.

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Barcelona’s world player of the year equalled the record with his first of the night in Seville with a trademark angled left-footed finish after dribbling across the Betis defence. Andrés Iniesta’s clever backheel then set up the Argentinian to score again nine minutes later with a sweeping shot from a similar position as Barça won 2-1 to maintain their six-point lead ahead of Atlético Madrid at the top of La Liga. Read more.

Müller led the tributes on Monday, telling “My record stood for 40 years – 85 goals in 60 games – and now the best player in the world has broken it, and I’m delighted for him. He is an incredible player, gigantic.”

Müller, whose record as Germany’s all-time top goalscorer is also under threat from Miroslav Klose, now hopes Messi will add to his tally before the end of the year. “He’s such a nice and modest professional and I hope he gets one or two more goals in 2012 and that he can then hold onto the record for the next 40 years,” he added. “He’s fantastic. He only has one defect and that is that he doesn’t play for Bayern Munich!”

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