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Messi Moves within One of Muller's Record

Following his brace against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi moved within one goal of Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year, which the German set in 1972. Messi’s 11th double of the season—and fifth in five games—helped Barca to a 5-1 mauling of the Basque team that also moved the Catalan giant three points further ahead of second-place Atletico Madrid, which lost 2-0 away to Real Madrid.

The Argentine could also become the first player ever -- at just 25 years of age -- to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times. He has already scored 28 goals in all competitions this season, 21 of which have come in La Liga. 

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