Leo Messi has scored goal #86, breaking Gerd Muller’s record for goals in a calendar year. Messi’s tally in the 16th minute (as seen in the video above) gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead early in the first half against Betis. The record breaker came just nine minutes later.

After leaving Wednesday night’s Champions League game on a stretcher the thought was Messi would have to sit today’s game out. Thankfully, initial fears about the damage to his knee were overblown. All hail the new king.

Image via @MessiStats

Comments (18)

  1. Muller is still the better man

  2. Messi: “It was more you, the press, who talked about Muller’s record. It’s broken now, so you shouldn’t talk about it anymore… (smiles)”

    Messi: breaks 40 year old record, says iniesta deserves ballon d’or. BOSS

  3. “Are people still comparing him with CR7 now? Lol, if they still are, then it is pretty obvious who is truly better, Messi of course. They really should recognize who has won that race, messi. They played the same teams in La Liga and both play for really good teams, yet Messi has out scored and out passed Ronaldo every year. Fuck Ronaldo, Messi is better then him in every way possible.”

    “I do not care if he wins world cup or not but the way he plays football as I said years ago I have never seen anyone as good as he is, and I knew I was watching a legend. I am 48 years old and I have seen muller and others….. messi is unthinkable,congratulations”.

    “What makes winning more trophies indicative of being the greatest of all time??? R9 never won a Champions League yet he’s still the best striker of all time. You think Maradona and Pele won World Cups by themselves?? They all had great teams with them, great players break records great teams win trophies, Messi already has a better goals to game ratio for Argentina than Maradona does but you say Messi isn’t better than him because his current TEAM hasn’t won a World Cup, that’s ridiculous”.

    “If we judged by trophies alone, many of the world’s most gifted players would be ignored and players like wes brown would be up there instead. Messi is doing MORE THAN what Pele and Maradona did in a much more complicated, competitive, and quicker modern game. Messi is king.”

    “You serious?? Mueller was better because he did it in less number of games??? You blind bro? I don’t recall Muller ever having to fly across the atlantic to play a game Wednesday night and then fly back to play Saturday night for full 90 minutes. Messi still has 4 games left in the year!! He’s scored 2 goals every game for the last 5-6 games, except for the Benfica game!!!! I’d like to see what Mueller’s assists were…hahahahaha”

    • Congratulations to Messi on breaking the record a job well done. I still prefer Ronaldo as he is more of a complete player in my opinion. However at this moment Messi is clearly having the better season.

      • no he isn’t complete in any way shape or form. He cannot play as a teammate. as an individual he’s fantastic. as part of any sort of team he is a square peg in a round hole. if he could fix his attitude he would be a god in this game. As it is, he will end his career and drift off into obscurity.

  4. I know this will raise the ire of Didier but for him to slight Muller is crazy, Muller played in a era where defenders could kick the crap out of strikers and get away with it making his record pretty damn crazy. Not to disparage Messi as his quality is unquestioned, but don’t slag Muller as part of some CR7 rant, that’s for a different post.

    • “How can anyone say Messi isnt better than Muller just cus Messi played 6 more games? Muller scored 12 goals in a made up tournament Bayern made during the OS, did i mention they also played division 5 TEAMS? Also during Mullers time there was no offside rule, so thats at least 15-20 goals offside. So now tell me Messi isn’t better just cus he played 6 more games, you jealous little idiots. Messi scores official goals, while Muller scored offside and against division 5 teams”

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • You’ve won me over with your constant use of quotation marks around your own words. Your knowledge of the offside rule and past use of homophobic remarks towards Ronaldo in other posts makes it pointless to debate with you.

        To everyone else thanks for your take on this subject, especially the Rudi Voller comment, that was classic.

  5. DD is the king and mess is the best

  6. I’d take Der Bomber over The Flea any day. I’d I’d take Rudi Vollers hair over both in a Berlin Minute….

    • “How can anyone say Messi isnt better than Muller just cus Messi played 6 more games? Muller scored 12 goals in a made up tournament Bayern made during the OS, did i mention they also played division 5 TEAMS? Also during Mullers time there was no offside rule, so thats at least 15-20 goals offside. So now tell me Messi isn’t better just cus he played 6 more games, you jealous little idiots. Messi scores official goals, while Muller scored offside and against division 5 teams”

  7. Messi = the Lance Armstrong of football

    • lol, you should have my name.
      he took growth hormone as A CHILD because of a medical condition.

  8. Yeah, but could he have done it if he’d had to play against Stoke on a cold and wet Tuesday night?

    • That is the best comment — makes me laugh…

      Shouldn’t something be said to the fact that Messi had 14 penalties, where as M¨uller didn’t take penalty’s

  9. Why does everybody think messi broke muller’s record? 6 EXTRA games messi played to brake that record. I’m not a messi hater, but in order to have an inequality outcome we must first have an equality opportunity. How many goals did messi have in his 60th game?

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