Barca star Lionel Messi breaks Gerd Muller’s record of most calendar year goals
Barcelona star Lionel Messi carved his name into history with a brace which allowed him to surpass Gerd Muller’s record of the most goals scored in a calendar year. The Argentine football prodigy scored his 85th and 86th goal of the year to break Gerd Muller’s 85-goal target set 40 years ago.
The 25-year-old Argentina international took Barcelona to a 2-1 victory, thanks to his brace, over Real Betis on Sunday. Many fans feared Lionel Messi would be unable to break Gerd Muller’s record following a knee injury against Benfica in the last group stage of the Champions League.
However, Lionel Messi proved he was fit enough to continue with his goal scoring spree by betting two goals in the opening 25 minutes of the game.
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova paid tribute to Lionel Messi’s incredible hail claiming he had made it look so easy. The delighted Camp Nou boss didn’t want the impressive performance by the rest of his team to be neglected, although he continued to praise Lionel Messi.
“I am happy with all my players,” Tito Vilanova told reporters after the game. “We have always given our best.
“We are happy that [Lionel Messi] helped us with his two goals. He made his record look easy and still has a further three games to continue to help us.
“However, I think you should also remember the team and our defensive solidity. We had to suffer [at Real Betis], we knew it would not be easy, so it wasn't a coincidence.”
Lionel Messi’s teammates were quick to shower praise upon the young living legend. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique labeled Lionel Messi as the greatest football player to have graced the Earth.
“Players are usually valued when they have retired, but Messi is the best player in history even if he has much time left in his career,” Gerard Pique extolled. “He is a player with no limits, you have to enjoy every day and every minute, you just have to enjoy him as a football player.”
Meanwhile, teammate and Ballon d’Or competitor Andres Iniesta backed Lionel Messi him for the coveted Ballon d’Or award.
“We are well aware of the intensity needed to get these three points, [we are a] great team! Congratulations Leo!” Andres Iniesta wrote on his official Facebook account.
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was equally happy. The Spain international posted a simialr message.
“What a great match! As always, it was a complicated 90 minutes. Congratulations to Leo for having surpassed the record! Good night!” Victor Valdes wrote.