RECAP: Messi’s incredible record-breaking year

Lionel Messi has broken a number of records in 2012Last year at the beginning of November, Lionel Messi had already scored 73 goals in 56 games for Barcelona and Argentina in the year that would bring him world fame. With a total of 91 goals in 69 appearances Messi sailed past Gerd Müller’s world record of 85 goals in a single calendar year.

The Argentine striker scored 73 of those 91 goals on behalf of Barcelona, which gave him another world record: most club goals scored by a player in a single season. He beat Archie Stark’s previous best for Bethlehem Steel in the 1924-25 American Soccer League (70 goals). Continue reading

Breakdown: 375 games for club and country

Messi_CeltaLionel Messi registered his 475th game for club and country as Barcelona opened up a four-point lead at the top the La Liga table with a 3-0 win at Celta de Vigo on Tuesday.

The Argentine striker, who had a big hand in two of Barcelona’s three goals in Vigo, played his 392nd official game for the Blaugranas and is currenty on 83 international appearances for Argentina. Continue reading