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The best of Lionel Messi 2012
by Paul Kennedy, December 9th, 2012 10:01PM

TAGS:  argentina, spain


[BY THE NUMBERS] Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring both goals in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Real Betis to give him 86 goals for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012. Here's a breakdown of his goals and video of the Argentine's record-breaking season ...

(Click here for video of the best Messi goals of the year.)

Goals for Barcelona
12 Goals for Argentina

56 Goals in La Liga
13 Goals in Champions League
3 Goals in Copa del Rey
2 Goals in Spanish Supercopa

7 Goals in friendly games
5 Goals in World Cup 2010 qualifiers

Hat Tricks
Games with 3 goals
2 Games with 4 goals
1 Game with 5 goals

By Minute
Goals in the 1st-15th minutes
15 Goals in the 16th-30th minutes
13 Goals in the 31st-45th minutes
12 Goals in the 46th-60th minutes
15 Goals in the 61st-75th minutes
23 Goals in the 76th-90th minutes

By Month
7 Goals in January
10 Goals in February
13 Goals in March
9 Goals in April
8 Goals in May
4 Goals in June
0 Goals in July
7 Goals in August
5 Goals in September
10 Goals in October
9 Goals in November
4 Goals in December

All of Lionel Messi's 86 goals (until they're pulled):

  1. Mark N
    commented on: December 10, 2012 at 11:01 a.m.
    ZERO goals in July?! Slacker.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: December 10, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
    July is vacation time, not slacker time...NB 99% of Meuller's goals were generated from inside the box...the greatest poacher of all time

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