Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Mueller Hails Messi for Breaking Record
CNN, December 10th, 2012 1:08PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  argentina, barcelona, spain

MOST COMMENTED

Lionel Messi on Sunday broke Gerd Mueller’s 1972 record of 85 goals in a calendar year with another brace for FC Barcelona against Real Betis. The Argentine needed just 25 minutes to score his 85th and 86th goals of the year, and 23rd of the 2012/2013 season. And Messi, who set the record in 66 games, still has three games remaining this year. The win was Barca's 14th in 15 games.

Mueller told German news service SID: "For 40 years my record from 1972 with 85 goals in 60 games remained untouched -- now the best player in the world has broken it, Lionel Messi, and I'm really happy for him. Messi is an incredible player, a giant while at the same time being so simpatico and more of a quiet professional. I hope that in the remaining games in 2012 he will be able to still score one or more goals and his record will hold up for the next 40 years. Messi is fantastic, he's really got but one flaw: He doesn't play for Bayern Munich."

"I've said it a lot -- it's nice to beat records but the win for the team is what is important and the points difference at the top," Messi told reporters after the game. The 25-year-old is already Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer, having surpassed the club’s previous record of 232 goals set by Cesar Rodriguez in the 1950s. Of his 86 goals in 2012, 74 have been for Barcelona, and 12 for his country.

Messi’s next individual target is to become the first player to win the coveted Ballon d’Or award four times. While Messi is the frontrunner, teammate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo are the other finalists. "If Iniesta wins, it will be well-deserved for all that he has done, for the way he plays. Again, it will also be a prize for the dressing room," Messi said of the Spain midfielder, who beat him to last season's top European award.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Reports: Bale to Miss Crucial Week for Real     
According to reports on Monday, Gareth Bale will miss a crucial week for Real Madrid after ...
Injured Lampard to Miss City's Trip to CSKA    
Frank Lampard was carried off on a stretcher as Manchester City beat Tottenham 4-1 at the ...
Report: Shakhtar Stadium Damaged in Ukraine War    
Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena suffered serious damage from gunfire on Monday despite the recent ceasefire agreed ...
Mourinho Swipes at National Team Coaches    
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho took a swipe at Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Monday, by ...
Bundesliga: Heaven for Bayern, Hell for BVB    
Pep Guardiola once again lavished high praise on Philipp Lahm after the Bayern Munich veteran put ...
Enrique Dismisses Messi Substitution Row     
Did Lionel Messi refuse to be taken off during Barcelona's 3-0 win against Eibar? No matter ...
Hart: Aguero "Useless" in Practice Sessions    
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City's four-goal hero against Tottenham on Saturday, is apparently "useless" at times during ...
Arena: 'We Need to Start Focusing on Playing'    
Bruce Arena suggested that Landon Donovan's long MLS goodbye has become a distraction following the Los ...
Platini: Blatter No Longer Serves Soccer    
UEFA President Michel Platini on Friday launched perhaps his most scathing criticism of FIFA President Sepp ...
Gundogan Back for BVB; Reus, Mkhitaryan Close    
Ilkay Gundogan is set to put 14 months of injury misery behind him on Saturday when ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives