, Dec 12: Lionel Messi
broke Gerd Muller's 40-year goal-scoring record after netting his 86th goal of 2012 in 2-1 win at Real Betis. Here are some of Messi's record-breaking statistics.
Is Lionel Messi the greatest ever football player?
- Messi has scored 86 goals in a calendar year, more than any other player.
- He also has the highest number of goals scored in a season - 68.
- Messi has scored 50 goals in a La Liga season, the highest by any player.
- The 25-year-old Argentine has scored 8 hat-tricks in a season, more than any other player.
- Only player to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or thrice in a row and is favourite to win the award next month.
- Messi became the only player to clinch European top scorer four years in a row.
- Messi is a joint-top scorer in the FIFA Club World Cup.
- Messi holds the record for the highest number of goals in EL Clasico matches.
- Messi has scored the fastest and highest number of hat-tricks.
- Messi has scored a total of 91 goals in 2012, including five in friendlies.
- Messi has scored most goals as Barca player in La Liga, 192, beating Cesar Rodriguez's 190.
- Messi has 1 goal in every 63 minutes he has played. 86 goals in 5405 minutes in 2012.
- Messi has not yet scored in the 1st, 2nd, 10th, 14th 15th, 46th and 69th minutes in 2012.
Story first published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 12:03 [IST]
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