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Lionel Messi breaks Pele’s record for most goals in a calendar year

Lionel-Messi-PeleLionel Messi has passed Pele’s milestone of goals in a calendar year by scoring for the 75th and 76th time in 2012.

The Argentine moved within nine of Gerd Muller’s all-time record and helped Barcelona win 4-2 at Mallorca in La Liga.

Xavi Hernandez scored in the 28th minute before Messi struck in the 44th. Cristian Tello added a third goal a minute later.

Mallorca replied twice but Messi made it 4-2 as Barcelona rebounded from their surprising 2-1 defeat at Celtic in the Champions League.

Pele scored 75 goals in 1958. Muller netted 85 in 1972.

Muller will perhaps be discouraged to hear that Messi is chasing another of his records having already surpassed one last season.

The prolific German hitman scored 67 goals for Bayern Munich in the 1972-73 season.

This remained the highest tally in a European club season until the diminutive Messi scored 73 for Barcelona in the 2011-12 campaign.

La Liga champions Real Madrid were indebted to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and substitute Alvaro Morata in a 2-1 win at waterlogged Levante.

Ronaldo sustained a nasty cut above his left eye when he was caught by David Navarro’s elbow in Valencia but still went on to score.

Source: DailyMail

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