The path to history for Messi is paved in goal scoring and at the age of 25, he is already breaking and setting records of his own and he doesn’t look like he is about to slow down yet. Last night, the Barcelona forward again set the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012 thereby surpassing Gerd Mueller’s 40-year old tally of 85 – to set a new benchmark which includes goals for club and country.
To set the record, Messi found the net twice for Barcelona in a 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.
Messi’s path to the record has included 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina in 66 games. And with the year yet to fully run out, the young Argentine has two league matches and one King’s Cup tie to add to his tally.
Mueller scored 72 for Bayern Munich and 13 for West Germany when he set the previous benchmark in 1972 and was 27 at the time.