Messi put Barça ahead with two early goals to beat Müller’s record
Lionel Messi last night beat Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of goals scored in one calendar year.
Messi had equalled German legend striker Gerd Mueller’s mark of 85 goals from 1972. He opened the scoring on 15 minutes from an Andres Iniesta pass to draw level with the German striker and went one better when again set up by Iniesta.
The 25 year-old then added his historic second nine minutes later from an Andres Iniesta backheel, after a smart one-two with his teammate, to claim his place in the record books.
In general Lionel Messi needed just 25 minutes and two goals to break Gerd Muller’s calendar year goal scoring record.
On his Facebook page Messi wrote about the event: “It was important to win the game today and pretty amazing to beat Gerd Müller’s 85 goal record.”
He also said: “A really big thank you to all my team-mates and fans who have made this possible! Thank you very much for your incredible support. I could not have done this without you!”
The football star has insisted that breaking Mueller’s record had never been his most pressing concern.
The Argentine has scored 74 goals for Barca and 12 for his country. Muller scored 72 for Bayern Munich and the other 13 for West Germany.
The Daily Mail reports that of Muller’s 13 international goals, six were scored to help Germany win the European Championship, including two in the final against the USSR.
Actually Messi has a habit of creating landmarks in his career.
Last season, he became the most successful scorer in a La Liga season by hitting 50 goals in the league campaign.
Messi’s haul this season includes six hat-tricks, 20 doubles and four goals in the same game on two occasions.
He is already the club’s greatest scorer having last season gone past the record of 232 goals by Cesar Rodriguez set in the 1940s and 1950s.
Typically, he said of the record: “My goals are to win titles with the team, the Spanish league, Spanish Cup or Champions League is more important than any personal records. My objective at the start of the season was to win another La Liga title. It’s nice for what it means but the victory is more important.”
Also last month, Messi passed Brazil legend Pele’s record of 75 goals set in 1958 when he was at Santos.
According to the Sun, speaking after that, Barca coach Tito Vilanova said: “Leo’s records are spectacular.It’s spectacular when you think that he scores so many goals.”
The coach added: “Some players reach these numbers in seven or eight seasons, he does it in one. And most of his goals are great goals.”
Barca now sit 11 points ahead of fierce rivals Real Madrid. Another battle between the Spanish giants will take place when the Ballon d’Or award is handed out next month, and Messi is hoping that he or team-mate Andres Iniesta ge the nod ahead of Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, says the ESPN.
There had been some doubt about whether Messi would make the team after bruising his left knee in the midweek Champions League draw with Benfica.
But he was able to train with his teammates on Saturday after making a swift recovery and coach Tito Vilanova passed him fit to make the journey to Seville.