Lionel Messi Breaks Gerd Muller’s Record For Goals In A Season (Stat Line — 12/09/2012)
One week after injuring his knee during a meaningless Champions League match against Benfica, many thought Lionel Messi’s run to break Gerg Muller’s record for most goals in a calender year was in jeopardy. However, Messi’s knee injury proved to be nothing serious, as the world’s best footballer returned to the pitch during yesterday’s La Liga match against Real Betis needing just one goal to tie Muller’s record of 85 goals in a single season, and two to break it.
It didn’t take the Argentine superstar long to score the tying marker, as his left footed shot from the center of the box in the 16th minute opened the scoring for Barcelona. And less than ten minutes later, the record was his, as he recorded his second goal of the game, and 86th of the season, with another left-footed shot from inside the box. That goal would prove to be the game-winner, as Barcelona held on for the 2-1 victory, but more importantly, it would help Messi break Muller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a single season in all competitions.
While Muller took just 60 games—with Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972—to record his 85 goals, Messi needed 66 matches to reach that mark and surpass it. It’s been an impressive season for the three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, as he has helped Barcelona get out to the best start in La Liga history (14-1-0) while scoring 30 goals during the first 15 games of their current campaign. That impressive start, along with his record-breaking performance, should be enough to earn the 25-year-old his fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or Trophy when the winner is announced on January 7th. But for now he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, December 9, 2012.
Here is a look at all 86 of Messi’s goals from 2012.