Lionel Messi Breaks Gerd Müller's Record

David Ramos

Another game, another record for Lionel Messi. That has been the case for a long time now and today was no different. Two goals by the magnificent Argentine in the first half of the Real Betis vs FC Barcelona game were enough to surpass Gerd Müller's long standing all-time world record for most goals for club and country in a calendar year. Der Bomber set the record in 1972 with 85 goals scored for Bayern Munich and the West German national team.

But in 2012, on December 9, La Pulga scored his 86th goal of the year to claim another record to his name, with three games to spare before the New Year. In this legendary year Messi scored 12 goals for Argentina while 74 came while wearing Blaugrana colors.

Messi broke the record with a powerful left footed finish to the far post after a beautiful backheel pass by Andres Iniesta. The only way the record breaking goal could be more typical would be if it was a classic Messi chip over the keeper.

Losing words over Messi's excellence would at this point really be a waste of time, so let's just enjoy the record setting goal below.

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