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Messi Passes Pele and Closes in on Muller

Messi Passes Pele and Closes in on Muller

Most goals in a calendar year – Messi overtakes Pele and closes in on Gerd Muller’s world record:

  • Pele scored 75 goals in 53 games for Santos and Brasil in 1958.
  • Gerd Muller scored 85 goal in 60 games for Bayern Munich and Germany 1972.
  • Lionel Messi has, so far, scored 76 goals in 65 games for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012.

Messi has a potential 12 games left this calendar year, 2012: 11 for Barca (providing they qualify for the next round of the Copa del Rey) and one for the Argies this week against Saudi Arabia, who are managed by the man who brought Messi in to Barcelona’s first team, Frank Rijkaard!

A break down of the potential games remaining this year for Messi:

  • 6 x La Liga
  • 2 x Champions League
  • 1 x Copa del Rey, becoming 3 x Copa del Rey if Barcelona complete the win over 2 legs (currently 3-0 up after first leg, with home tie left to play)

His current ratio of goals per game in 2012 is 1.17. If he continues at that ratio he will only need he will only need to play 9 of the remaining 12 games to break Muller’s record..

Messi currently leads La Liga’s Pichichi after 11 games with 15 goals, three ahead of second placed Ronalado (12) and Falcao (10) in third.

Yesterday’s two goals that saw Messi first equal and then break Pele’s record came against his second favourite keeper, Mallorca’s Aouate. Messi has scored 11 goals against Aouate, a feat only better against Iker Casillas, against whom he’s scored 17 times.

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