FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi fired himself into the record books on Sunday, after scoring twice in the 2-1 win over Real Betis. The diminutive Argentine ace (whom many said was too small and weak to make it as a professional footballer) has now scored the most professional goals (86) in a single calendar year for club and country (combined). The previous record was held by German striker Gerd Mueller who scored 85 goals in 1972 for Bayern Munich and West Germany. With a few games left to play before the end of 2012, Messi is expected to extend his record.
Messi was not the only striker to run riot in Spain on Sunday. Columbian striker Falcao bagged himself an amazing five goals as Athletico Madrid hammered Deportivo La Coruna 6-0. Falcao’s goals have fired Athletico into 2nd place this season and appear to be the closest competitors to Messi and his rampant Barcelona side who are six points clear at the top of La Liga.