Two goals in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Mallorca last night put Lionel Messi past Pele’s 1958 record of 75 goals in a calendar year for Brazil and Santos and puts him nine behind Gerd Mueller’s all time record of 85 for West Germany and Bayern Munich set in 1972.
The two time Balon D’Or winner is now odds on to break Mueller records, at 2/5 with Boylesports - and 7/4 not to pass the 85 goal mark.
What makes Messi’s record all the more remarkable is that unlike Pele and Mueller the Argentine did not compete in a summer international tournament to rake up his tally.
Xavi put a free kick away on the half-hour mark then Messi doubled the lead just before half time and Christian Tello added a third a minute later.
Mallorca pulled two back early in the second half but Messi passed Pele’s record in the 78th minute to close out the game for the Catalans as they bounced back from last week’s shock defeat to Celtic.
“Leo’s records are spectacular,” Barcelona boss 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.”
Elsewhere in La Liga Real Madrid edged past Levante 2-1 with a 84th minute goal from 20 year old Alvaro Morata after Ronaldo, who scored the opener, was withdrawn at half time due to a nasty eye injury after a clash with David Navarro early in the game.
To beat Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals in a calendar year (club and country combined) 2/5
To not beat Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals in a calendar year (club and country combined) 7/4
Lionel Messi to finish top scorer in La Liga in the 2012-13 season 8/13
Ronaldo to finish top scorer in La Liga in the 2012/13 season 5/4