Lionel Messi nets 76 goals to be second among the Top scorer in a calender year behind Gerd muller 85



Lionel Messi surpassed
Pele’s milestone of goals in
a calendar year by scoring
for the 75th and 76th time
in 2012 to move within nine
of Gerd Mueller’s all-time
record as Barcelona won
4-2 at Mallorca in the
Spanish league on Sunday.
Most Goals in Calendar
Year for Club/Country
Player
Goals
Year
Teams
Gerd Mueller
85
1972
Bayern Munich,
West Germany
Lionel Messi
76*
2012
Barcelona,
Argentina
Pele
75
1958
Santos,
Brazil
*64 goals for Barcelona;
12 goals for Argentina
Barcelona was rolling 3-0
at the break thanks to
goals from Xavi, Messi and
Cristian Tello. But Mallorca
scored twice in four
second-half minutes
through
Michael Pereira and
a Victor Casadesus penalty
but Messi struck to bring
Mallorca’s comeback to a
halt.
Messi was influential from
the outset, forcing
Dudu
Aouate to intercept his
cross from Xavi’s free kick
from the right.
Dani Alves’
20-yard shot was also
repelled by the keeper.
“Leo’s records are
spectacular,” Barcelona
coach Tito Vilanova said.
“It’s spectacular when you
think that he scores so
many goals. Some few
players reach these
numbers in seven or eight
seasons, he does it in one.
And most of his goals are
great goals.”
This is the latest scoring
feat for the Argentine
forward. He scored 73
goals in the 2011-12
season for Barcelona,
breaking the European club
record of 67 goals set by
Mueller in 1972-73. He also
set a Spanish league
record of 50 goals last
season and broke Cesar
Rodriguez’s 57-year
milestone of 232 goals to
become Barcelona’s career
scoring leader.
Barcelona’s 10th win in 11
rounds extended its club-
record start and maintained
an 8-point gap over third-
place Madrid after its 2-1
victory over Levante.
Second-place Atletico
Madrid remained three
points behind the leaders
after its 2-0 win over
Getafe.
Messi increased his
league-leading tally to 15
goals. He has 20 in all
competitions this season.
Tomer Hemed volleyed
over for the Mallorcans in
their first real attack of
note and they almost went
ahead midway through the
first half, but Victor saw his
header tipped round the
post by Victor Valdes.
However, Barca went ahead
five minutes later.
Cesc
Fabregas was fouled by
Jose Luis Marti with Xavi
firing the resulting free kick
into the top left-hand
corner from 25 yards.
Fabregas shot over but
Mallorca had a great chance
to draw level, only for
Anderson Conceicao to
head over from inside the
six-yard box.
The Mallorcans were made
to pay for that failure when
Messi gave Barca a 2-0
lead when he drilled the ball
into the center of the goal
from 20 yards two minutes
before the break.
And just a minute later the
game appeared all but over
when the visitors got a
third, with Tello firing home
a fine 20-yard shot into the
bottom the right-hand
corner.
Alejandro Alfaro buried a
shot when well placed in the
six-yard box as Mallorca
looked to make a dent in
the scoreline.
And two goals in four
minutes saw Mallorca force
its way back into the game.
First of all, Pereira slammed
the ball high into the center
of the goal from Alfaro’s
right-wing cross 10 minutes
after the break.
Just four minutes later,
Mallorca cut the deficit to
just one goal, Victor hitting
a penalty down the middle
following
Sergio Busquets’
handball.
However, rather than
Mallorca going on to
equalize, the next goal
came from Barcelona with
20 minutes to go.
Alexis Sanchez laid the ball
off to Messi who drilled a
fierce shot high into the top
left-hand corner.
The goal deflated Mallorca
and it was Barca who came
closest to scoring as Messi
was inches away from a hat
trick when Aouate tipped
his shot over.

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